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Emile Henry butter dish and moldy butter?

swanly21 Aug 15, 2008 06:21 AM

hi i recieved an emile henry butter pot for my wedding shower and was sooooooo excited to use it however within a week the butter was growing fuzz! i followed all the directions, changing the water every couple days and the butter was used almost daily. im assuming that my kitchen gets too hot in the summer and that was what caused the growth. can this product only be used in the winter time? am i doing something wrong? i used regular unsalted butter from costco (kirkland brand). has anyone else experienced this problem and what did you do about it? thanx in advance :)

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    Leepa Feb 12, 2011 05:00 AM

    Just ran across this with a Google search. When using unsalted butter you need to put a little salt in the water to retard the mold problem. With salted butter, it isn't usually necessary. And also, as someone else mentioned (three years ago!) having it scrupulously clean before putting the butter in is necessary.

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      JBethell Oct 2, 2008 01:11 PM

      Perhaps there's something here that can help you, if you haven't looked already.


      1. BeaN Aug 20, 2008 09:31 AM

        Where do you live?

        I was excited to receive a butter bell as a gift, but have found that the butter molds here in Florida, even using the air conditioning. It might work for us during the cooler months, but I've quit trying to use it.

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          swanly21 Oct 1, 2008 11:11 AM

          i live in se pa and i appreciate all your suggestions thanx so much! im going to give the inverted butter dish another go now that its cooler! we were thinking of just using it without the water too to see if that helped. will post my results

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            Stephanie Wong Oct 2, 2008 12:39 AM

            Is it possible for the mold spores to be in your water? In high school I once looked at fresh tap water through a microscope and discovered it had all sorts of lively things in it.

        2. ms. clicquot Aug 18, 2008 08:58 AM

          I have had the same problem. I was changing the water regularly and then one day I noticed some fuzz around the edges of the butter. I usually use unsalted butter. My kitchen also gets quite warm in the summer, even with the AC on but I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Ironically, the butter I left out in a dish (not inverted in water) has been fine for a couple of days.

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            Nyleve Aug 16, 2008 11:35 AM

            Is it possible that a crumb of bread or whatnot got into the butter? That might mold. I agree with morwen - try it again. I use an ordinary non-inverted butter dish, unsalted butter and I just keep it out on the counter. Never get mold, even in the summer. If it's really warm, the butter might get softer than I like, but otherwise fine.

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              morwen Aug 15, 2008 09:16 PM

              I use a butter bell year round and have never had that happen. I currently live in NY but I lived in sw VA when I got it, I don't think summer heat's a factor. Who knows, maybe it was harboring some latent mold critter! Wash it, soak it in a mild bleach solution, wash it again and let it completely air dry. Then try again and see if it happens. Is it possible you had a wonky batch of butter? I don't use unsalted so I can't say if that was a factor or not.

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                ferret Aug 15, 2008 09:32 AM

                I'm assuming this is a standard French-style inverted butter keeper. Very odd, it's never happened to me. Try using distilled water (or boil it and let it cool first).

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