How to Melt and Soften Butter


Forget to take the butter out to soften? No problem... let the Just A Pinch Test Kitchen show you a quick fix.

Slice stick of butter and place in a microwave-safe bowl.
Slice stick of butter and place in a microwave-safe bowl.

Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Continue heating in 10-second increments until...
Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Continue heating in 10-second increments until fully melted.

Or, place a wrapped stick of butter on a microwave-safe plate.
Or, place a wrapped stick of butter on a microwave-safe plate.

Microwave in 5-second increments checking between each one.
Microwave in 5-second increments checking between each one.

Lower to 3-second increments as nearing desired softness.
Lower to 3-second increments as nearing desired softness.

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4 Comments
Ilse_Ryan
Ilse Ryan - Feb 21, 2017
Thank you for the idea of melting the butter in 10 seconds increments
WWCook1
Maria * - Feb 20, 2017
Thanks for the tip, Teresa. I'll have it in mind when I'll need it:)
Anita53
Yvette Hasty - Feb 20, 2017
Ok will try
GrannyGravymaker
Teresa G - Feb 20, 2017
**SOFTEN CREAM CHEESE QUICK TIP: Remove cream cheese from boxes, leaving cheese wrapped in foil only. Soak a clean kitchen towel in very hot tap water; quickly squeeze out excess water and place towel on counter. Quickly wrap cheese in towel, then place a large bowl or skillet over top to trap the heat. Cheese should be softened in 10 minutes.

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