Butter Pen!




Now you don't have to get a knife out to spread butter on toast, just use the butter pen!

Step 1: Stuff You Need

One used up container of Tom's Deodorant.

1 stick of butter.

Step 2: Clean the Deodorant Container Really Good

I chose the Tom's deodorant because it seems the closest to being food. This is the tricky part, you need to disassemble the deodorant container which isn't too hard, then clean it really really good. I used a toothbrush and cleaned each part two times and then stuck the parts in the dishwasher for a third wash.

Step 3: Assemble

put the butter in the micro for about 60 seconds till it becomes liquid.

reassemble the deodorant container and place it on a plate.

pour the melted butter in carefully.

The first time I poured the butter in, I think I left the butter out to stand a bit so it wasn't super hot when I poured it in. Anyway, I had some sort of beginner's luck when I did it the first time and it didn't leak much. The second try it leaked out immediately, as some other people mentioned in the comments. I had a d'oh moment and realized that the leaking problem can be solved by putting the cap on and filling the container up through the bottom. Then snap in the center piece after it is filled.

place the plate in the frig overnight.

In the morning, clean the outside of the pen and the dial at the bottom.

attach a label to the outside.

Step 4: Use It on Toast!

Put some toast in and then use the butter pen while the toast is still hot. It works!!

It gives new meaning to the term 'drawn butter'

Step 5: Hooray for the Butter Pen!!

hooray for the butter pen!

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    9 years ago on Step 4

    Great idea, and well put together instructable! <br/><br/>A few suggestions for enhancement:<br/><br/>Cut the butter into small cubes and leave it sitting out at room temp for an hour or two. It will be good and soft: a bonus in that it will still be perfectly emulsified (retaining better butter flavor) and not so hot that it will leach nasty chems from the stick applicator. You can then scrape it into a one-quart zip top baggie, cut off one of the bottom corners, and squeze into the applicator (no leaks!).<br/><br/>Or... you can make your own butter (check out <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Butter-and-Buttermilk/">https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Butter-and-Buttermilk/</a> ) It will be soft and ready to go into your brilliant applicator.<br/><br/>If you like to cook eggs or veggies in butter, as I do, but don't like using too much, as I do, you could use your applicator to smear just enough in the pan to coat. Would also work for applications to baking pans and casseroles!<br/><br/>lovin this idea!<br/>

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    Reply 6 months ago

    This is exactly what I was looking to do. Instructables to the rescue again!


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    Make sure not to touch a hot pan with the plastic container though! You don't want melty plastic in your food!


    5 years ago

    That is awesome yet disturbing


    5 years ago

    Solving the butter knife epidemic I'm so proud:)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I hate using spray and cook when baking and using a basting brush to spread the butter on the sides of my pans etc doesn't always work so well, definitely will be making one of these for that purpose. It should work wonders I think.

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    6 years ago

    have you considered patenting (?) this? I've thought of it for years for greasing cake pans etc... I was thinking "glue stick" but your container is good too!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Have to make one of these - April is on the way - - there is a 21 yr old in the house with a surprise coming. Sorry to exploit this noble instructable for evil but - - - ; -)

    next try poring butter in a real pen

    and make a bacon salt shaker anyway nice job