How many times have you gone to make a recipe only to realize that your butter is still in the fridge and you need softened butter? Probably many. Many, many. We try to keep the butter dish on the counter full most of the time, but that’s not always quite enough for a recipe because you often need a full stick and the butter on the counter gets used for toast and veggies and various other buttering tasks.
If you’ve ever found yourself in this predicament, then you know you usually have 2 options: Either take the stick of butter out and wait for an hour or so before you can actually start with your recipe, or pop it in the microwave, which usually results in some spots on the stick being completely melted and others being still hard and pretty much useless to you. This little butter in a glass trick is one that you will use over and over again and (hopefully) pass on to the next generation so they don’t end up having the same butter issues that we do whenever we want to whip up a tasty treat for our families!
So here’s what you do!
Start with a stick of butter, fresh out of the refrigerator! If you want to keep the wrapper on, that shouldn’t affect things too much.
Take a large glass, one that’s big enough to fit over the stick of butter, and fill it up to the top with hot water. You can use very hot water from the tap or boiling water. I used water from the insta-hot tap on my water dispenser.
Leave that to sit for a minute or so and then dump the water out.
Turn the empty, but still warm, glass over and cover the stick of butter with it. Like this:
Now leave it for a few minutes, and you’ll have a perfectly-softened stick of butter!
I know! It’s a revelation, isn’t it? It’s a little thing, but it’s also kind of a big deal for people who like to bake!
The warm glass slowly and thoroughly radiates heat into the stick of butter from all angles, softening it perfectly, without overdoing it and melting it.
Give it a try next time you find yourself in need of a quick stick of perfectly soft butter! You’ll save yourself a little bit of time and a lot of frustration!
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