How to Quickly Soften Butter: the Easiest Trick for Perfect, Soft Butter!

You need soft butter, but you forgot to take it out of the fridge. Don’t worry, with this little hack you can soften it in seconds!

By Cookist

In the world of culinary arts, the texture of ingredients can be as crucial as their flavors, especially when it comes to the cornerstone of many recipes: butter. Be it the need for softened butter to cream together with sugar for that perfect cake batter or the simple joy of spreading it effortlessly on a slice of warm, toasted bread, the consistency of butter plays a pivotal role in both cooking and eating experiences. Yet, how often have we reached into our refrigerator only to find our butter solid as a rock, having forgotten to set it out ahead of time? Or perhaps, during the colder months, we watch helplessly as our butter refuses to lose its chill, stubbornly remaining firm despite sitting out on the counter. It’s a common dilemma that can slow down meal prep and dampen the spirit of spontaneous baking sessions or breakfasts. Despair not, for the solution is simpler and quicker than you might think. We're about to unveil a foolproof trick that will soften your butter in mere seconds, ensuring your culinary endeavors and toast enjoyments are never again halted by the all-too-common butter blunder. All you'll need is a glass of water: no microwave and no kitchen stoves!

How to Soften Butter in Just a Few Seconds


This is the simplest trick you'll ever find to soften butter in under a few seconds. First of all, you'll need to get that stick of butter out of the fridge and place it on the counter, arranged on a plate large enough to contain it. Then, you'll have to heat a small amount of water and pour it into a glass. Wait a few seconds for the glass to warm up with the water.

In the meantime, put your butter in an upright position inside of the plate. Once the glass has warmed with the water, discard the water and then cover the butter with the glass, turned upside down. After leaving the butter covered for almost 1 minute, you can uncover the butter. Using a knife, you'll see that the butter has turned very soft and it's now ready to use!


How to Make Butter Hard Again

Making butter hard again, especially after it has softened more than you intended, requires a bit of ingenuity and patience. If you find yourself with overly soft butter, a quick and effective method is to wrap the butter in parchment paper or place it in an airtight container, then let it reside in the coldest part of your refrigerator. For those in a hurry, placing the butter in the freezer is the fastest route to regaining that firmness, but it's crucial to monitor closely to avoid it turning too hard. Ideally, you should aim for a short stint in the freezer—about 10 to 15 minutes should suffice. To ensure an even return to firmness, consider cutting the butter into smaller pieces before chilling. This method allows for a quicker, more uniform hardening process, and it also makes it easier to measure the butter for future use. Remember, the key to successfully hardening butter lies in careful timing and adjusting based on your immediate needs and the ambient temperature of your kitchen.

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