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Thawing Butter

Cooking tips for the caring cook.


Need Softened Butter in a Hurry?

  • If a recipe calls for softened butter and you only have a "hard-as-brick" stick still in the refrigerator or freezer, don't worry. Just unwrap and pop it into the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on DEFROST for 20 seconds. If necessary, microwave the butter a few more seconds, making sure it does not melt.

Alternate Similar Method

  • Softening Butter or Margarine: Unwrap butter or margarine and place in a small non-metal dish. Microwave, uncovered, on 10-percent power, allowing about 30 seconds for two-tablespoons or 50 seconds to one minute for one-quarter cup of butter.

Yet Another Alternate Method

If a recipe calls for butter and yours is hard, you can grate it. The grated pieces blend in batter easily.

Note: If butter is inadvertently melted while softening, use it for another purpose, such as sauteing, or use it with vegetables or pasta. Soften a new stick of butter to use for the cookie dough.

Melting Butter or Margarine

Unwrap butter or margarine and place in a microwave-safe one-cup measure or custard cup. Microwave, uncovered, on 100-percent power allowing 25 to 30 seconds for two-tablespoons or about 40 seconds for one-quarter cup butter or margarine.

Did You Know?

Butter can be frozen in its original carton for up to four months, so it's fine to buy butter ahead of time. To protect the delicate flavor of butter, place the carton in an airtight, resealable plastic food bag.

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