The internet is going crazy over this viral hack to soften butter

There’s nothing worse than taking the butter out of the fridge to spread on toast, only to find that it’s completely un-spreadable.

Okay, okay, there are a few things that could be worse.

It’s like having a baking recipe halfway through and then needing butter at room temperature.

A disaster, we know that.

Take your butter and eat it right away too

If the option of waiting for your butter to soften isn’t available to you (read: your patience isn’t there), here’s a trick you can use to have your butter and eat it right away, too.

This “cheat” allows you to soften butter without melting it or waiting for it to reach room temperature.

Women in the kitchen with butter.
A mom shared a trick on how to soften butter without a microwave.
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“The best baking tip ever”

Dubbed “one of the best baking tips of all time,” an Australian mom posted the hack to a Facebook group, and thousands were amazed at how easy it was.

“This really works, I’ve tried it a few times,” she wrote.

She explains: “If you need to soften butter quickly but don’t want to melt it, put boiling hot water in a jar to heat the jar.

‚ÄúDrain the water and turn it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes it is perfectly soft and ready to use. You’re welcome.”

The post has already received over 18,000 likes and more than 50,000 shares.

“I was years old today so useful!!” said one fan.

Man rolling out butter
The post has already received over 18,000 likes and more than 50,000 shares.
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“Great tip! How have I walked my whole life not knowing this? “I always forget to take out the butter,” added another.

“This is amazing. Life has changed,” one wrote.

But not everyone agreed with the trick, and many said you might as well microwave the butter for eight or nine seconds to soften it.

“Or just pop it in the microwave,” one wrote.

Another pointed out, “I would never put boiling water in a glass or it would shatter.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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