If you have a recipe that calls for softened butter, and you've forgotten to take it out of the fridge in advance, you don't have to put it in the microwave. Instead, put the butter in a ziplock bag, grab a rolling pin and take out some aggression on it. It'll soften up in no time.
You can see this tip (courtesy of the folks at America's Test Kitchen) in action in the video above, but it's important to note that this gets you softened butter, not room-temperature butter. So if your recipe calls for warm or room temperature butter, you're still out of luck. If it's just softness that's required, like for mixing or baking, this may save you some time.
What do you think? What are some of your favourite ways to soften butter quickly? Share your tips in the comments below.
How to Quickly Soften Butter [America's Test Kitchen]