Many times, when cooking, a recipe will call for a stick of softened butter. But for the most part, we either get it too hot and it melts completely when we warm it up or it seems to not melt at all. Life would be so much easier if there was some way to soften butter to make it “workable” as opposed to being a liquid or still solid butter sticks. This hack isn’t something that is learned in cooking classes, but instead by trial and error. But should you be in college for cooking and your professor asks for a softened stick of butter, just do this and it will be the exactly what they are looking for.
It is surprising simple to get butter to a perfectly softened point. All you have to do is place the whole stick, while still in the original wrapper, in the microwave and microwave for 4 seconds. Rotate the stick and cook for four seconds until all sides have been “cooked” (a total of 16 seconds) and you will have a workable stick of softened butter to use in whatever recipe calls for it or to serve at Thanksgiving dinner with the rolls.
Like I said, this isn’t rocket science, but it is something that will help you out in the kitchen next time you are working on a “secret recipe”.