Some people let their pets eat off of their regular dishes. I don’t. I love cleanliness, and I know I could get the dish clean again, but that gross factor of knowing the family pet has been licking it – yuck! But if you can get past a small gross factor, you can make a handy butter pen, and with it, you won’t have to use paper towels to spread butter in a pan, or break out a knife to butter toast. Use an empty deodorant container and you can create a clever kitchen helper – the butter pen.
You know those stick-type deodorants? You twist a wheel at the bottom to raise the deodorant higher, as needed. When it’s empty, though, most of us throw it away. However, one of those empty containers makes the perfect unit for creating a butter pen. If you’re feeling that gross factor, and if it makes you feel better, use an all-natural deodorant, so that the container never actually contained any chemicals.
Pop the lid off of an empty or near-empty, stick deodorant. If needed, dig the remaining deodorant out with a knife. Disassemble the remainder of the container by first pulling the bottom wheel off of it. Pull the interior piece out and you’re finished. You’ll end up with the container itself, the lid, the twist-knob at the bottom, which has a stick attached, and the inside plastic piece that holds the deodorant itself. Scrub all the pieces well, then put them in the dishwasher, or soak in bleach water, making sure each piece is totally clean. Something like an old toothbrush can help you scrub any area of the container that originally touched the deodorant.
Heat butter or margarine in the microwave until it’s slightly melted but not boiling hot. Reassemble the deodorant container but leave off the lid for now. Pour the butter or margarine into the main container. Allow the butter to sit at room temperature, to cool for a bit, then cap it, and place it in the refrigerator.
The butter pen makes it easy to prepare various foods. You can butter a pan without using paper towels, and you can apply butter directly to toast, muffins, waffles, pancakes, biscuits, and more. Just rub the butter pen on the food or pan, twisting the wheel when you need more, and you’ll see that life is much easier. All you have to do is get past that tiny gross factor.