But, when it comes to summer, who wants to stand over a hot stove waiting for a sauce to reach that perfect consistency? Not us. That's why we love compound butters. Anything you can imagine—herbs, zests, salts, seaweed, cheeses, chiles, jerky, syrups, fruit—can be incorporated into this instant condiment. Depending on the ingredients, compound butters will keep for a very long time in the fridge, and indefinitely in the freezer. Just take out a disc of green-pepper butter to garnish grilled porkchops, or put out a dish of softened coffee butter to spread on fluffy warm biscuits at brunch.