How to Quickly Soften Butter

America’s Test Kitchen recently posted their Top 10 YouTube Videos for 2012. My favorite is their video on how to quickly soften butter.

I’m one of those bakers who usually forgets to take the butter out of the fridge, so this is the perfect tip for me.

How about you? What’s your favorite baking tip?

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  1. says

    What a good idea, will try it next time!
    Had a disaster yesterday as I usually soften it in the microwave, but microwave died and I left the butter by the radiator, forgot it and was totally melted.

  2. says

    I remembered seeing the title of your post in my inbox recently and used this method when I wanted to make banana bread and my butter wasn’t softened. It really works! I found turning the plastic bag inside out really helped to get the butter out easily.

  3. says

    Thanks for this GREAT tip. I am excited to try this the next time I forget. I do the microwave trick, or cutting it in small pieces. I read in Ina Garten’s cookbook that she leaves the sticks of butter on the counter the night before she plans to bake and needs room temp butter. I haven’t tried that as I “forget”.
    No special tricks on my end, but I ALWAYS use great vanilla and Penzey’s cinnamon when baking as I just adore it. Happy New Year!

  4. says

    I usually take the butter out early enough. If not, then after I do I just head for my computer. Then, I need to remember to get back to the butter. :)

    A tip I learned early on was to check out all of the ingredients BEFORE I started in- including Baking Powder & muffin liners.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Barbara!

  5. says

    This would be way too easy. I prefer my method.

    Put the butter on a plate and stick it in the microwave on medium for 1 minute but knowing you have to actually stop the cycle at 25 seconds. Answer the phone and forget to stop the microwave at the 25 second mark. Remove the completely melted butter from the microwave, slopping some on the counter in the process. Warm up soap and water and clean the entire inside surfaces of the microwave and the countertop. Pour the melted butter into a container and put back in the fridge to harden a bit. Forget the butter until it gets too hard.


    I think the first cooking tip I was ever given is so extremely simple but I seldom see it done. Put a cover on water you are boiling. It will heat up much quicker. A watched pot may never boil but one that is covered will boil faster. :)

  6. Pru says

    Why not just whirl the butter around in the food mixer before adding the sugar? That’s what I do if the butter is hard.

    Happy New Year Barbara! I’ve loved your posts this year.