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The Microwave Trick For Softening Your Butter Without Melting It
2023/11/20

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Imagine you've got your heart set on whipping up a batch of freshly baked . You gather all of your ingredients one by one on the countertop, but quickly come to a dreaded realization — the recipe calls for room-temperature butter, and all you have is an unyielding block of chilled butter straight from the refrigerator. Sure, you could play the waiting game or zap it in the microwave. But then you run the risk of ending up with a greasy, melted mess that will make for even more cleanup.

So, what's the solution?

Turns out you can still use your microwave to soften cold butter to room temperature without turning it into a pool of liquid gold. Simply use the defrost setting. As illustrated in a popular , it's as simple as taking your cold butter, cutting it into tablespoons, and arranging the pads on a microwave-safe dish. Pop it into the microwave and turn on the defrost setting for 10 seconds. Turn the pads of butter over and defrost again for five to seven seconds.

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Voilà! Perfect room-temperature butter.

The real origins of the butter defrosting trick

Users were amazed that the key to room temperature butter was so simple. "Tried [three] different tactics and this is the only one that worked," one TikTok user commented. "I just tried it and it worked perfectly," another said.

One other TikTokker shared an additional tip to keep an eye out for: "Some microwaves have softening settings.

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