8 home tips to quickly soften butter (even if you don’t have a microwave!)

So, you're in the middle of baking up a storm, and suddenly realize you forgot to soften your butter. It happens to the best of us!

But fear not, because we've got you covered. Try out any of these 8 fun hacks to soften your butter quickly and get back to baking in no time!

Grate it: Use a cheese grater to grate the cold butter into small pieces. This increases the surface area, helping it soften faster.

Microwave method: Cut the butter into small chunks and microwave them in short 5-10 second bursts at a low power setting. Be careful not to melt it completely!

Rolling pin technique: Place the cold butter between two sheets of parchment paper and gently pound it with a rolling pin. This flattens and softens the butter without melting it.

Warm water bath: Fill a bowl with warm (not hot) water and place the butter in a heatproof container on top. The warmth from the water will gradually soften the butter.

Sandwich method: Place the cold butter between two sheets of parchment paper and sandwich it between warm plates or wrap it in a warm towel. The heat trapped between the plates or towel will soften the butter.

Ziploc bag method: Place your stick(s) of butter in a ziplock bag and seal it tightly. Then, submerge the bag in a bowl or cup of warm water. Ensure the bag is well-sealed to prevent any water from getting in. This method works like a charm and helps soften the butter in no time.

Warm glass hack: Heat water in an electric kettle and pour it into a drinking glass. Let the glass sit for a bit to warm up, then dump out the water. Quickly flip the warm glass over the stick of butter. It usually softens in about 5 minutes, but it might take up to 10 minutes, especially if the butter is coming straight from the freezer.

Oven or toaster heat method: Place the butter dish next to the pre-heating oven or behind the toaster while you're making toast. The heat from the toaster or oven can be enough to soften the butter in the time it takes to make toast.

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