In my kitchen once we find a product we like we use it and many things we have used since we have been together. When we run out they go on the grocery list and are replaced or stocked before they are used up. On my quest to reduce and hopefully eliminate as many packaged products in my cooking as possible I am starting to look closely at what we are consuming and how I can replace those products with a better alternative. In this case I have been taking a look at the butter spread we consume by the container full. I have known and blindly closed my eyes to the ingredients because I wasn't sure of the solution. Today we ran out and I decided that we would use butter sticks. Real honest butter. I tossed out the container but not before reading the ingredients. I had to read a while to find milk....when discussing my decision my husband did not have a problem with it. He called it whipped chemicals. He did however tell me that I needed to get a container for the butter to sit on the counter to be spreadable. His family used butter like this when he was growing up. The only butter I have ever seen in these containers looked like a gross gooey mess that kids had been playing in so I wasn't too sure I wanted it on my counter. Yuck!
I wanted to purchase a french butter keeper for the butter, however I am really looking at each item we need or want and really analyzing if we actually need it, or do we just want it. I realized to my delight I had just what I needed on display in my hoosier and will not be purchasing anything for this change! I excitedly took it out and washed it. The girls made cinnamon toast and the butter worked perfectly and the most relief for me was no complaints about the butter switch. I don't want my family to be miserable over this slow process of change.
Oh how exciting to use a piece of the pottery I have on hand that I love so dearly! The butter now sits on the counter and I am assured yet again, and happy that I have chosen to follow this path. It is so rewarding when positive changes all come together seamlessly :)