Unwrap a cold stick of butter straight out of the fridge and grate the entire stick on the large holes side of a box grater, just like you would grate a brick of cheese. Can be used in recipes immediately.
Method 2: Cube the Butter
Unwrap a cold stick of butter straight out of the fridge and slice it into cubes. After only about 5-10 minutes the butter will be softened using this method, instead of the 30-60 minutes it typically takes for a whole stick of butter to soften on the counter.
Method 3: Pound the Butter.
Unwrap a cold stick of butter straight out of the fridge and pound it flat between two sheets of parchment paper (or one large sheet, folded over) using a rolling pin. After pounding, let the butter sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before using in a recipe.
Method 4: Microwave the Butter
Do NOT unwrap the cold stick of butter. Place the cold, wrapped butter in the microwave and heat for just 5-7 seconds, then flip it onto the opposite side and heat for another 5-7 seconds. This allows the butter to soften more evenly without melting one part of the stick while leaving the other solid.
To soften multiple sticks at a time using this approach, heat for no more than 5 seconds at a time and flip a quarter flip each time, heating for a total of 15-20 seconds max until the butter is soft.
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