How To Instantly Soften Butter
How many times has this happened to you? It's morning and you've decided to make yourself some toast for breakfast. The slices pop up out of the toaster and you grab a stick of butter from the fridge. That's when you realize you've made a huge mistake. You forgot to let the butter sit out and soften. How could you have been so careless? "It's fine," you think to yourself, "the heat from the bread will melt the butter, right?" Wrong. You try to use the cold butter anyways and it simply doesn't work. The cold dairy sticks to the toast and rips it up as you spread. Instead of butter, you now have a glob of butter and toast crumbs that couldn't look any less appetizing. Finally, you give in to your hunger and eat it anyways. There has to be a better way ... right?
While your experiences with unsoftened butter probably aren't that dramatic, they can still be a huge hassle, especially when a recipe calls for butter to be soft but not melted. Many opt for using the microwave, but that's always a risky bet. To ensure that you get perfectly softened butter every time, YouTuber "The One Pot Chef" has a genius kitchen hack that everyone should know.
His method involves using steam instead of a microwave, making sure your precious butter doesn't turn into a melted mess. It's the best way we've found for softening butter, that is, unless you own a laser.
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