February 19, 2008

Favorite Kitchen Gadgets - Part 3

When it comes to butter... real, sweet, creamy butter... I don't give a hoot about fat or calories or cholesterol. I'm sorry, but I simply refuse to substitute it for anything else.

The Butter Bell is the ONLY way to go. It keeps a cube of butter at the perfect consistency safely for 30 days (as long as you change the water every few days). [Though who would ever need to keep it that long.... eat it!] There is nothing better than a slice of warm whole wheat bread just out of the oven, slathered with butter. Mmm.

And for those times when you need to melt that butter and brush it over something, you must have a silicone pastry brush. I would never dream of using a bristle one anymore... those disgusting old germy things.... ewwww!
I mean, really. After you brush melted butter over your lovely [raw] rib eye steaks (and then rub with a mix of coarse salt, fresh ground pepper, crushed garlic, rosemary and thyme; grill and then think you died and went to heaven while you eat it.... which I only do once a year) will you EVER be able to use it to brush butter on dough to make cinnamon rolls? With a bristle brush, no way. (I don't care how much you wash it.) But with silicone, just throw it in the dishwasher and you're good.

Thank you silicone!


  1. I am really enjoying these kitchen gadget posts. I'm on the hunt for a rolling pin a la Alice.

  2. I love these kitchen gadget posts!!! What else am I in the dark about! I have some shopping to do!

  3. We love the butter bell too. I do need to get me a silicone brush.

  4. I need a silicone brush, too! Thanks for the advice. And, is it dangerous to leave butter out on the counter?

  5. Emily,
    The Butter Bell keeps the butter from going bad, so it's safe. The water forms a seal with the butter.

  6. Hi, Alice,
    I found your blog via Denise. Hope you don't mind me barging in! Fun to "catch up" with you a bit, and can I just say that your kids are GORGEOUS?!? Also, I posted way down at the bottom about Charity, so scroll down there, ok? Hugs, Kristin (Jacobsen)

  7. We love all the same gadgets! So cool!


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