Oh, butter: You taste of richness, of decadence. You greatly improve the flavor of whatever we put you on, from a pan-seared, crusty steak to a warm piece of bread fresh out of the oven. You infuse croissants with glory and keep our pie crusts together, our biscuits flaky, and our frostings thick and full. You are our greatest indulgence and joy. As such, we dedicate this post to you.
Our Favorite Butter Keeper
Lock & Lock Butter Case, available at organize.com
This gadget had everything we were looking for in a butter keeper: Markings for easy measurement, a removable tray for bringing sticks to the table, a shape that fit a range of brands, and a reasonable price tag. The best part, though? Its airtight seal kept butter fresh (and free of refrigerator smells) for longer than any of the other keepers we tested.
Note: This product is sold under a few different names: Lock & Lock Butter Case, Lock & Lock 3.1-cup storage container, Lock and Lock 3-cup Dairy Case, Lock & Lock Rectangular Food Container with Tray, Lock & Lock 25-Fluid Ounce Rectangular Food Container with Tray. These are all the same product. To ensure you order the correct keeper, look for model number HPL956.
Our Favorite Butter Cutter
KitchenArt Pro Measuring Butter Knife, available at Amazon
As many of the best butters no longer come with measurements on the wrappers and eyeballing the amounts can be unreliable, this handy tool has never been more relevant. It’s a reversible ruler-like paddle knife that accurately measures and neatly cuts both Elgin-style (“stick”) or Western-pack-style (“cube”) butter.
Our Favorite Butter
Plugrá European-Style Unsalted Butter, available at Amazon
We tasted ten butters and Plugrá rose to the top. Tasters described this cultured butter as “thick and luscious,” calling it “complex,” “just a bit tangy,” and “grassy.” Some deemed its flavor the most “robust” of all the samples. Such high praise earned this butter our top honors.
Our Favorite Way to Use 27 Tablespoons of Butter in One Recipe
MAKE IT NOW: Our recipe for Croissants is free through October 7, 2013.