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Next, let’s go over the microwave method for softening butter. This method is really not the best for many reasons but can still work if you need softened butter in a flash. Since this method involves heating the butter itself, it tends to start melting the butter on the outside before having the chance to soften in the middle. The end result is usually partially softened butter in a small pool of melted butter, and a bit of a messy clean-up afterward.
How to Soften Butter in the Microwave:
- First, place the unwrapped butter on a microwave-safe dish.
- If desired, cut the butter into large chunks or slices.
- Then, transfer the butter to the microwave and heat it at 30% power for 30 seconds.
- Check halfway through to make sure the butter is not starting to melt.
Butter- Softening Method Specs:
How long does this method take? 30 seconds
Level of messiness/clean-up: Since this method requires some heating up, this can get a bit messy and might end up with a messy clean-up.
Will his method soften the butter all the way through? Sadly, no. It takes some time to soften all the way through, and since the microwave is more of a fast heating method it starts melting the outside before the inside has a chance to soften all the way.
How to Soften Butter in Microwave
- 1 stick unsalted butter