My wife received a butter bell as a Christmas gift. Seems like a pretty nifty gadget and I have not noticed any postings about it on here so I thought I'd start one.
A butter bell is a two piece ceramic device intended to store butter on your kitchen counter to keep it soft and spreadable yet also keep it from spoiling. The base of the device is a topless cylinder, think of a coffee cup without the handle. The top of the device is a bell with a disk attached to its closed end.
The way to use the device is to cram a stick of soft butter into the bell. Put about an inch of water in the base. Invert the bell and insert it into the base. The water rises and creates a seal inside the device. No air gets in so the butter does not spoil. And since the butter is not exposed to air, it can be kept on a counter at room temp leaving it very spreadable.
Cost of the one pictured that holds a stick of butter is about $15. Smaller ones are available for about $10. More decorated ones cost $25.
Anybody have extended experience with one of these things?