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How to Soften Butter Quickly

Simple Tip: Soften Butter on the Stovetop

If I'm too lazy to grate butter, but need it to be softened for a recipe, I turn to the oven for help. I have a gas stove and when the oven is on, the stovetop gets pretty hot, too. I place the wrapped butter sticks on the stove. The heat from the oven softens the butter in just a couple of minutes. Don't forget to rotate the butter, so it gets evenly softened on all sides. Voilà! Instant soft butter.

What's your trick for rapidly softening butter?

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laurenot laurenot 7 years
always place the seam side up!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I do this all of the time, I thought it was just me being so lackadaisical about butter.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I put it on a stoneware plate and set it on the preheated oven so it doesn't melt too quickly. If it's for a recipe that doesn't involve the stove, I put it in a bowl in the mic for 10 seconds.
Food Food 7 years
I do this all the time, and never realized that anybody else ever did it!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I've never NOT forgotten about it and had to wipe it off the counter :/
bofangels bofangels 7 years
When i make cookies, i always melt my butter completely. I like the texture better. So it doesn't matter if it's frozen.
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I put mine in the microwave. I use the "bread" setting, which is 10 seconds on medium (I'm pretty sure anyway - I know it's not high). I do 1 bread, then flip the butter cube over and do another bread. Perfectly softened! Might not work for all microwaves but it works for me!
girlA girlA 7 years
This is also a great place to allow bread to rise.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Just don't forget to rotate and move the butter, otherwise you'll have a puddle in the wrapper :-) which I've often done. I either use this method, or grating the butter, to get it to soften quickly.
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