Butter dish from Pan's Food Center in Oak Park

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By Sarah Corbin

Shopping & Business Blogger

We use butter in my house. My son likes buttered bread. I will use a little dab in the pan sometimes instead of my olive oil sprayer. And then of course, there are pancakes. We use enough butter, but not enough, that for years I have wanted a butter dish.

It can take us a week or two to go through a stick of butter.  Maybe longer, I've never quite timed it. 

Butter in our house, is just fine on the counter, soft, ready to use.  (Oh goodness, yes, I leave the butter out for days.) But it's not just fine on the counter, sitting out on a plate. I also can't stand taking butter in and out of the fridge in the wax paper. That just gets messy and old, torn, over used. 

For years I have been looking for a butter dish solution.

I didn't want something too big. I didn't want something too breakable. My son is only five and is prone to helping himself to things when you least expect it. 

Rubbermaid didn't have it. Sometimes I would use a "not quite right" sized plastic container. Then the butter would be INSIDE the container - not on a dish, not easy to cut a little sliver off. Soft on the counter butter just became a mess inside the container.  

One day recently I found this butter dish at Pan's.  I've never seen one like it.  It's a pretty color, acrylic, and clear enough so that I know it's clean or has butter in it. It has a fun retro look to it.  The top fits in place - it doesn't slide around the way some ceramic versions do. The bottom is a perfect flat surface with grids to keep the butter from sliding back and forth. 

It was under $5. I bought it on the spot.  

And I use it. I love it. 

Email: sarah.abboreno@gmail.com Twitter: @localoakpark

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River Forest Chocolates from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 11:29 PM

I will be heading over to Pan's tomorrow to pick one up. Maybe some apple too, they have "the best" apples!

Carolyn Cullen from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 8:36 AM

Seems like a minor thing, but I know how it is to find something just makes your life better in one small way :) Thanks for mentioning Pan's. We live a block away and go there all the time.

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