Softened butter is sometimes required for a recipe and it is also much easier to use when you want to butter toast or spread butter on bread or rolls. There isn't anything much more frustrating than trying to spread hard, cold butter on toast. There are also lots of recipes, especially when baking that call for softened butter, not melted butter...believe it or not, it can make a huge difference in the way a recipe turns out, especially when it is supposed to be creamed with sugar when baking. This easy tutorial will show you how to soften butter quickly without melting it!
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How to Soften Butter
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to Soften Butter Fast
- Unwrap a stick of butter.
- Place the butter on a plate.
- Fill a tall glass with hot water.
Let it sit for 30 seconds, then pour water out.
- Place the warm glass over the stick of butter.
Let it sit over the butter for 2-3 minutes. If the butter is frozen, you may have to repeat this step a few times.
- Remove the glass and discard.
- Your butter should be softened and ready to use!
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Hi Jessica: Love all your tips! As for the butter softening, I’ve learned a tip which involves the microwave.
For a quarter stick of butter, put stick on butter dish (micro safe, of course), or a plate, cover with lid or paper towel, and micro for 10 seconds. If frozen, it may take longer a second or more at a time without melting the butter. Works all the time for me.
Thank you for all your wonderful tips to make life easier.
Fort Myers Florida
I like your idea better than the water in a glass trick. We also use the microwave but cut the power down to a 5.
Melody Simons says
Great method! I did giggle at step 5: Remove the glass and discard. I won't be throwing my glass out.
Microwaves destroy the nutrients in the food. Don't stand in front of it when cooking either. A Japanese gal I worked with said in Japan anyone working with a microwave had to wear a protective apron, like in the dental offic.e