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How to Get Butter to Room Temperature Fast

Need Room-Temperature Butter Fast? Here's What You Do

We've all been there: recipe in hand, apron on, ready to make a delicious layer cake or a batch of chewy cookies, only to realize that the recipe calls for room-temperature butter. You might think that the best solution is to briefly blitz it in the microwave until soft, but that usually leads to partially melted butter. Since the texture of butter affects the finished baked good, this simply won't do. The solution? Grate the cold butter on the large side of a box grater (it may get messy). This drastically increases the butter's surface area, exposing it to more room-temperature air and bringing it to room temperature much faster, so you'll be able to use it in your recipe that much sooner.

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hannegee hannegee 4 years
I use a cheese slicer and it works like magic!
muse2323 muse2323 4 years
I, too, cut it into smaller pieces--tablespoon-size pieces come to room temp pretty quickly. Then I put the pieces in the mixer & beat till smooth.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
These are all great alternative suggestions. Anonymous, what is 3% power? Is that 3/10?
oatmealpie oatmealpie 4 years
Cooks Illustrated recommends slicing the butter pretty thin, then letting it sit out while you gather the other ingredients. I've done this several times, and the butter was at room temperature by the time I needed it.
spaa649 spaa649 4 years
awesome thanks!!
Advah Advah 4 years
Genius, thanks!
Dagne Dagne 4 years
Seal the sticks of butter in a zip lock bag and put in a bowl of warm water. I found this works best for getting butter room temperature. Works great for cold eggs, too.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 4 years
I put the stick on top of the stove while the oven is warming up. It gets a little warm and helps the butter. I read that tip somewhere and it stuck.
eatswimshop eatswimshop 4 years
You can also cut it into small pieces... you'll still have to wait a few minutes, but it will come to room temperature a lot faster that way.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 4 years
I think that is a "great" tip!!!!!!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Or you could beat the crap out of it! Recommended by chow.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaM9gMsNW4c
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