How to Soften Butter in the Microwave Without Melting

Aka "The 4 Second Flip" :-)

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Place stick of butter in the microwave. I only needed to use 1/3 cup for a recipe, so that's what is shown here.

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Microwave at high power for 4 seconds.

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Flip butter so what was on the bottom is now on the top. Microwave again for 4 seconds. (You now have microwaved a total of 8 seconds.)

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Continue pattern for a total of 16 seconds. (Microwave 4 seconds, flip. Microwave 4 seconds, flip.)

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After 16 seconds, butter will be squishy, but not liquid.

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Use a spoon to scrape butter out of wrapper and into a bowl.

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Now you have softened butter for your recipes. Use and enjoy!

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