AND those markings let you measure out the perfect tablespoon without keeping the wrapper on it.
Promising review: "Okay, okay. I know — it's a butter dish, not a climate-controlled, IoT-Wi-Fi-enabled, WPA2-encryption-protected churned-cream receptacle or anything, but even the "simple things" in life should be recognized and appreciated when they do something right.
Taking it back for a minute, please allow me to explain what my previous experiences with butter dishes were like before this one came along: basic. About as basic as they can possibly come. A simple, white, ceramic butter dish. Which was fine.
But, now that I've had this one for a little while, I really can't find a reason to ever go back. Because here's what that classic ceramic one doesn't do:
1) Let me know at a simple glance how much butter is inside.
2) Allow me to completely remove the wrapper from the butter and yet still have the ability to know where to cut for an X-Tbsp sized portion.
3) Sing to me*.
4) Feature a cover that helps to ensure that when I'm putting the lid back on, I'm not off-center enough to smear butter all over the edge and/or inside of it.
5) Offer little ledges that help to ensure the butter doesn't go sliding out of the dish when I'm trying to balance a plate or an armful of dinner rolls in one hand, while clumsily attempting to butter things with the other.
The list goes on (I mean not really, but you get what I'm saying).
* This butter dish doesn't sing either. It's still awesome, though."
Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (also available as a wide-butter/cream cheese-size dish, $14.99, or stainless steel, $17.99).