I like to keep my butter on the kitchen counter and have been searching for a way to keep it soft–at least not rock-hard–for years. The problem got significantly worse after I moved to Colorado. Now, I tried keeping the butter on top of the refrigerator, using a french butter dish and a grater knife, all with unsatisfactory results. I even had one of the Alfillé electric butter dishes, but it didn’t last very long.
I had an epiphany the other day when I glanced down and saw a plug-in air freshener in our hallway. It had to have a low-power low-heat mechanism. Could I adapt it to keep my butter dish warm? Well, so far, my contraption seems to work and the step on how to do it follows. Read more