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I set 2 sticks of butter out yesterday to soften up for baking...And its so cold in my kitchen it hasn't softened up any.  Other than heating the kitchen, which is not an option because my heate
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Softening butter

posted at 1/30/2011 11:22 PM EST
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I set 2 sticks of butter out yesterday to soften up for baking...And its so cold in my kitchen it hasn't softened up any.  Other than heating the kitchen, which is not an option because my heater won't heat that far, how do I get it soft enough to cream w/o melting it?  Undecided

Re: Softening butter

posted at 1/31/2011 10:39 AM EST
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Hi Mary K.,I just let mine set out a while then beat it in my mixer until it softens.Try setting it out in the warmest room in the house.If you have a light in your oven try setting it in there with the light on that will radiate a little heat,just watch it until it has softened to your liking.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 1/31/2011 11:05 AM EST
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"Kill two birds with one stone"  Heat a cup of water in the microwave for 1 minute.  After the water has heated place the butter in the microwave.  Do not turn it on.   The warmth will soften the butter.  When the butter is soft remove it and then wipe down the inside of the microwave.  The condensation will soften any splashes and make wipe down easier.
If the butter is not soft after a few minutes remove the butter and heat the water again.

I do not like softening the butter in the microwave simply because I usually get half melted butter.

The other option and I do this often, place the butter on a plate or in a bowl and place it on the back of the stove while the oven is pre heating.  The warmth will come up and soften the butter.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 1/31/2011 11:50 AM EST
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If your microwave has a defrost setting it will soften the butter without melting.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 1/31/2011 12:00 PM EST
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I use the the regular temp in my microwave .... I remove it from the 'fridge, set in 'wave, hit Hi for 8 seconds, turn each stick over and nuke for 6 seconds.  I've never had a problem with this and use it very often for my  cookies.
I'm talking about real butter.... I don't know about margarine.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 1/31/2011 12:36 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Softening butter:
I use the the regular temp in my microwave .... I remove it from the 'fridge, set in 'wave, hit Hi for 8 seconds, turn each stick over and nuke for 6 seconds.  I've never had a problem with this and use it very often for my  cookies. I'm talking about real butter.... I don't know about margarine.
Posted by Nancy G

Nancy thanks for the tip I was just guessing when I put the butter in the microwave.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 6:52 AM EST
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Thanks for the great ideas everyone...I tried the 2 birds with 1 stone method and now have a nice clean microwave.  That worked great for the softening problem.  I came up with another way on my own that works pretty good.  I put some dried beans in the bottom of my crockpot, set it at low and placed the sticks on top of the beans.  It took about 15 mins to get it soft but not too soft.  Didn't want to put the sticks directly on the bottom of the crockpot...I was afraid it would melt!

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 7:56 AM EST
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Mary - with my microwave that method will soften butter enough for mixing/beating in cookie dough .... I don't think it's really soft enough to spread.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 8:36 AM EST
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As stated before put it in a bowl in the warmest part of the house or use the defrost setting in the microwave.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 9:45 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Softening butter:
Thanks for the great ideas everyone...I tried the 2 birds with 1 stone method and now have a nice clean microwave.  That worked great for the softening problem.  I came up with another way on my own that works pretty good.  I put some dried beans in the bottom of my crockpot, set it at low and placed the sticks on top of the beans.  It took about 15 mins to get it soft but not too soft.  Didn't want to put the sticks directly on the bottom of the crockpot...I was afraid it would melt!
Posted by Mary K. D


The beans in the crock pot sounds pretty good.  I have what I call "pie beans" it is a jar of navy beans that I use when ever I blind bake a pie crust.  I could easily use them to soften the butter.  I think I would zap them in the microwave then put the butter on them rather than get out my crock pot.
Glad the microwave is nice and clean, that can be nasty if you don't wipe it out often. 

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 11:15 AM EST
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i use the microwave on 10 seconds  check the butter of still hard do it again

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 11:53 AM EST
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My sister puts her butter on a covered plate on top of her toaster.  I keep mine in the refrigerator.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/2/2011 12:21 PM EST
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Well, rats, Nikki --- I had every intention of putting my microwave plate in the dishwasher last night and forgot! 
You just reminded me ....... 
Now I have to go wash it by hand.

That big thing will only fit in the dishwasher if I wedge it in the side.

Re: Softening butter

posted at 2/15/2011 11:46 PM EST
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  Usually when I take it out and let it sit it is fine.  Otherwise, I use the microwave.  Usually for about l0 seconds or so.

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