If you are like me, on more than one occasion, you have probably been ready to make a batch of cookies, or slather some soft butter onto onto French bread, but you forgot to let butter sit out at room temperature to soften. So you pop it into the microwave on a low setting, but no matter how closely you watch it, the butter ends up with a pool of melted butter in the middle of the stick and hard cold butter on the ends!
I have found a way to melt the butter perfectly and uniformly so that it can be used immediately to spread or use in recipes calling for softened butter. And, it takes less than 25 seconds of your time.
Stand the wrapped stick of butter on it’s end on a small plate and into the microwave. (If you have a turntable in your microwave, turn off the rotation feature.)
Microwave on high-power for 5 seconds. Turn the butter onto it’s other end and microwave for another 5 seconds on high-power. (Keep in mind that you may have to deactivate the turntable each time.)
Now lay the stick of butter down and microwave 4 seconds. Turn the stick of butter over and microwave another 4 seconds (again, with the turntable off.)
Check the butter by pressing on the stick of butter to see if it is uniformly soft. Because microwave ovens vary, it may be necessary to add up to an additional 3 – 4 seconds, but be careful not to over-do it or you will end up with that same pool of melted butter in the middle of the stick – which is what you were trying to avoid!
Your butter will now be soft, not melted, and ready to either pop into your mixer to make cookies, or to spread onto soft bread.