Earlier this year we were thinking of buying a new fridge freezer. We went and looked at a few and I immediately noticed two things:
- quite a few machines had the freezer on the top and the fridge on the bottom
- not a single machine had a butter conditioner.
I was shocked. I use the fridge a lot and the freezer only occasionally — I often want the milk or butter, cheese, juice or other fridge-dwelling item. Only rarely do I want to extract something from the freezer. So why put the fridge on the bottom where you have to bend down to see inside or extract an item?
Anyway, there are models with the fridge on top, so that’s hardly a deal stopper, but the thing that killed the shopping trip dead for me was the lack of butter conditioner.
I use butter — real butter. I dislike margarine and despise that imitation butter stuff called “spreadable” that I’ve bought a couple of times accidentally because the packaging looks like butter. The problem with butter is being able to spread it: the fridge makes it too cold and room temperature in a New Zealand house can be anything between butter-meltingly hot and icy. That’s all of no import though because our 13 year old fridge has a butter conditioner which keeps the butter at just the right temperature.
At the time I remarked that if they were going to remove the butter conditioner from the fridge they could at least make a separate unit for those like me who consider it essential. Now, it seems, I can start looking at new fridges again, thanks to a UK company. Reuters reports that a
UK-based company has launched a portable, temperature-controlled butter dish, ButterWizard, which keeps butter at what it says is the optimal spreadable temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
[Via Lockergnome’s Bits and Bytes.]