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.
How do you know when butter is softened? It’s softened and ready to use when it you can easily squish it between your thumb and forefinger.
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 it 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. Tip: Leave it next to the preheating oven or stove and it will soften even more quickly!
Now if you’re a gadget girl, you might want to check out the Butter ‘N Slice Container. It even has teaspoon, tablespoon and ounce measurements tp make it super easy get the exact the amount you need…which of course is important in baking!
Grate It – Yep, use a cheese grater. This is super easy to do and works fantastically, especially when you need to cut in the butter, like for shortbread or a crumble topping. Not only does grating it speed up the softening, it helps keep the butter from clumping up, too.
If you’re a gadget girl like me, you might want to get this Butter Knife that grates, slices, and curls!
Don’t Put It In The Fridge In The First Place – No really, if you go through as much butter as we do (the kids want toast almost every morning), leave your butter out of the fridge. We go through a stick of butter every couple of days, so there’s no chance of it going rancid.
But if you don’t use butter as often, you can get a Butter Keeper that allows you to safely leave butter out of the fridge. A butter keeper uses water to seal out all air which keeps the butter soft for up to 30 days, without refrigeration.
Use A Warm Glass – I haven’t tried this one but it seems like it would work really well. But it also seems like more work than the other methods I’ve mentioned. Check out how to soften butter quickly by using a warm glass.
Pound It – I haven’t tried this one out either because it sounds like way too much trouble. Put the butter in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin or meat pounder to flatten the butter out. Seems like it would be hard and messy to get it out of the ziplock bag, but some people swear by it.
Others say to but it into the blender or your KitchenAid stand mixer but that seems pretty messy too, unless you’re 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 attention and make sure it doesn’t melt! 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 its softenend.
See? It’s easy to soften butter quickly! You’ll find even more kitchen tips & tricks here. And now that you’re thinking about baking, check out my Breads and Muffins recipes! I’ve also got lots of baking recipes on my Desserts & Sweet Treats Pinterest board.
How do you soften butter quickly? What other tricks can I add to the list?