So I dunno about you guys but when it comes to cooking (and maybe a few other things), I’m a total unplanner. Sometimes I wish I was one those people who planned what they were going to eat each night of the week and then did one big shop at the start of the week and you’re set. Nope, not me, nuh uh. I don’t want to be tied down to a fixed menu for the week, what if I wake up on Thursday and don’t feel like chicken? That’s why you’ll find me at the supermarket/market etc almost everyday because I wake up and decide what my tummy feels like for the day and proceed. Yes I know, it’s probably not very economical in both time and cashola and I’ll probably have to somewhat change my ways when this bub comes along but for now it works…except….
When I want to bake something. An idea or a craving pops into my head and I want to make doughnuts or a cake right now but my butter is rock hard in the fridge and the recipe as usual calls for softened butter, nooooo! Calm down, I got you sorted with these butter softening methods that will have your butter soft within no time.
1. Grate your butter This is my favourite method and definitely the quickest in my opinion. Using the largest holes in your grater, grate the amount of butter you require, and within 5 minutes your butter is ready to go.
2. Cut butter into small pieces This method works if you don’t own a grater (you should own one though dude, it’s a pretty essential piece of kitchen equipment). Anyway, if you don’t have, you can go one of two ways. Cut your butter into small cubes or slice your butter into thing sliced and line a tray or plate with the slices and pop it in a warm spot i.e. on top of your preheating oven is always a good one.
3. Give the butter a beating, take that butter for being so hard! This method probably takes a touch longer than above two to get the butter to room temp but if you’re feeling a little frustrated for whatever reason, this could be the perfect way to go. Place your butter between two sheets of baking/parchment paper and with a rolling-pin go bananas on your butter, flipping it every few whacks.
4. Nuke the butter This is definitely my least favourite method as it doesn’t soften the butter evenly and I’m not super vigilant so I often walk away from the microwave and come back and the butter is half melted. But if you’re intent on using this method, cut the butter into even small chunks and microwave it in 5-10 second intervals using the defrost button. Keep an eye on it and as soon as it starting to soften stop, otherwise next stop is melted butter town. Then you’re f$*&#!.