So, I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need when I get all pepped up and motivated to make a recipe is to discover midway through my ingredient gathering that the recipe calls for butter that is softened.
It’s a nightmare for us lazy moms.
No, really. I wake up in sweats at night over this type of thing… non-softened butter. It’s terrifying.
I figured you all might have this same fear (again, the fear of non-softened butter) (when motivated to actually bake something), so I thought it was HIGH time I shared a little Lazy Mom Tip with you….
That’s right people. NO MORE FEAR OF NON-SOFTENED BUTTER!
Together we can conquer this crippling nightmarish mightmare by turning ice cold butter…
…into nice soft butter.
And thereby, saving your motivation to make that recipe! (Because let’s face it, I need all the motivation I can get, baby.)
Here’s how I have discovered to soften butter in the microwave WITHOUT making a big melty mess of it.
Oh yes, my little lazy dears, the magic “defrost” button!
Let me walk you through this. (So we can conquer this fear together, mkay?)
Step 1: Put your unwrapped cold butter in a microwave safe dish and place in your
sparkling clean microwave.
Step 2: Push the magical defrost button.
Step 3: If it asks for the weight in pounds like mine does…
Simply enter 1 (making it .1):
Step 4: Hit start!
45 seconds will appear on your microwave (well, if it’s anything like mine) and will beep every 15 seconds for you to turn it over. But, um, don’t turn it over. Or, uh, your butter will fall out. *ahem*
Instead I pull it out every 15 seconds (when it beeps at me) and see if it’s softened to my liking yet.
Usually by the second beep (30 seconds of time has elapsed by then) the butter is soft, but not melted. Thus making perfectly softened, softened butter! (Was that redundant?)
Now. I can hear some of you thinking… why don’t you just set your microwave for 30 seconds then and not mess with the magical defrost button?
Well! If you want melted butter, you just go right ahead and do that! But for softened butter, the defrost button is the way to go!
(These same steps also works great on softening up cream cheese!)
So there you have it! How to conquer the fear of non-softened butter and get you out of night sweats and back to baking again!
With Magical Defrost Button Love,
The Lazy Mom
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