Softening butter quickly isn’t so easy when it’s just been taken out of the fridge and it’s frozen-hard. This valuable advice from Natalie could make your butter serving far more convenient!
I do a lot of baking and cooking, and when I do, I usually use a lot of butter. Now with most cooking, it’ s not an issue to pull a stick out of the fridge and quickly melt it. But when I bake, I always forget to pull butter out of the fridge so that it can soften. Sticking it in the microwave usually softens it too much, which will affect whatever your baking. So I’ve been trying to figure out how to soften butter quickly, in the easiest way possible and I’m going to share my discoveries with you.
How to Soften Butter Quickly
Cut It into Chunks – Cutting the butter into chunks will help it soften much more quickly than leaving it as a whole stick. Get the butter out first, before gathering all of the other ingredients and equipment you need, and cut the hard butter into thin chunks. I even slice it and then cut each chunk in half. It takes just a few seconds, and by the time I’ve gotten everything all together, it’s usually softened and ready for use. Tip: Leave it next to the preheating oven or stove and it will soften even more quickly!
Others say to put it into the blender or your KitchenAid stand mixer but that seems pretty messy too, unless you’re also using the mixer to make your recipe!
Microwave It – As a last resort, you can stick it in the microwave, but you really have to pay close attention and make sure it doesn’t melt to liquid! Put the butter on a dish (take it out of its wrapper if it’s a foil wrapper) and stick it in the microwave. Heat it on High for 4-5 seconds, and then flip it over. Repeat a few times until it’s softened.
It’s always great to share your skills with others, and who knows? You might learn one or two things!
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