Butter’s appeal is eternal, but even butter has trends.
Credit...Christopher Testani for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.
Last year brought us the TikTok phenomenon of “butter boards” — gussied up butter, softened and spread over a cutting board, sprinkled with garnishes like herbs, edible flowers, salt or honey. Delicious! Butter’s appeal is eternal, but even butter has trends. So this will be the year of the butter crock, a vessel that sits outside of the refrigerator, designed to keep butter soft and fresh. (Here I feel obligated to mention that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends keeping butter at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, even if it messes with my prediction.) If you need a tutorial on how to use one, see this one from Carolina Gelen. Happy spreading. — Stella Bugbee, Styles editor
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