Butter comes out of the fridge rock hard. What do you do to make it spreadable?

@ersmommy1 (12596)
United States
September 1, 2008 10:41am CST
I put ours in the microwave for a few seconds. That seems to do the trick. What do you do?
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Here is a trick I learned from my son's nurse. take 1 pound of butter let it get really soft but not melted then get your wire whisk and mix in one cup of canola oil then put your butter into containers. This makes your butter soft and does not change the taste. I put one container into the fridge and the others into the freezer that way I always have soft spreadable butter.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Well if I know I need it ahead of time I will take it out about 15 minutes ahead of time to soften it up some. Or like you I use the microwave.
• Singapore
2 Sep 08
But if it is a big slab that you are still going to use many times, I am not sure if it is a good idea to beam microwave repeatedly...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I won't microwave or set out a whole block or tub of butter I always take what I will be needing and put in a small bowl or container and either let set out to soften for a few minutes or microwave if I need it right then. So nothing goes to waste..In these days and times you have to try to not waste anything and find use for everything.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
7 Nov 08
My hubby found a new butter well its not that new but anyway its made with more olive oil or something and it spreads really easy. It stays softer in the fridge.
@nini89 (670)
• India
6 Sep 08
I give a light heating on the gas it starts melting, as i dont have a microwave. Happy mylotting and have a nice day.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Most of the butters I've bought these days spread really easily. I have actual butter before and it is really hard...I do the same as you and nuke it for a few seconds. I gave up eating butter a while back so I don't worry about it but Hubby still eats it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
2 Sep 08
Sometimes I'll put some on a butter dish and let it sit there for a bit I don't think the butter tastes the same when it's melted I like to spread it on
• Singapore
2 Sep 08
Here's a suggestion. If you have a hot drink nearby, put the slab of butter on top of the cup so that the steam would soften the butter. Make sure you point the end you want to use near the steam. Cheers!
@dimondj2 (29)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I use cubed butter for cooking where it doesn't matter. and use a spreadable butter at the table. I know it's not real butter but you gotta do what you gotta. LOL Have a good day! Jewel H.
@220870 (249)
• India
2 Sep 08
If I need to use it immediately I keep it on low power in the microwave, this way it does not over-melt and can be spread evenly on the bread. If I know I need to use butter in advance I keep it out at room temperture for sometime for it to melt.
@NekoWashu (106)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I only use the microwave in a pinch. =) I don't eat many foods that require softened butter so it's not a big deal for me to keep it in the fridge.
• United States
1 Sep 08
There was a commercial on TV yesterday which seemed to be making fun of this very idea. Something about blowtorches and the like. It's hilarious. There was this old invention a butter dish, which covered the butter and let you leave it out so it was soft and easy to spread.
1 Sep 08
You can lso put it in a plastic bag and put it into some hot water for a few minutes. If you can get rally hot water in your kitchen sink, you can do this in the sink. You need the water to be quite hot (just off boiling) and you need to leave the butter in it for 5 minutes or so. If you can't get hot enough water from your tap, boil it up first on the stove or in the kettle.
@SHAMRACK (8521)
• India
1 Sep 08
Dear friend, I would just heat it until it gets soft and then either put it on the bread and spread it. May be I would just boil it and if possible make it in liquid form put it in between the bread and put some jam too. I hope it tastes better.
1 Sep 08
My butter doesn't tend to be that hard when it comes out of the fridge, but then I know my fridge is running at the right temperature. I only really use butter for baking, because i don't like it spread on sandwiches or toast, and for most of my recipes, the butter needs to be melted anyway.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I have a butter dish on the counter that always has a stick of butter in it. If I need it for baking then I just let it sit out at room temperature until softened. When i make my toffee I take it straight from the fridge and put it in the pan to melt.
• United States
1 Sep 08
I did the microwave thing a couple of times and noticed minr changes in taste and texture. Then I decided I'd just have to be better about setting it out to soften before I need it. A few companies are adding things to butter to keep it soft, but I've never tried their products. Whipped butter softens more quickly but it can't be used in recipes that require accurate measurements. My neighbor puts it in a Zip-lok and runs warm water over it. At least the outside pert is softened that way.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
I cut it like cheese and eat it anyways! lol. I can hear my arteries screaming at the very thought! I don't eat butter that often these days but I too used to just whack it in the microwave for a few seconds. I don't have a microwave at the moment though so when I do eat butter every now and then the cheese example I just gave is actually accurate!