Epicurean Butter being spread on bread with a knife.

April 1st, 2021

How to Soften Butter for Spreading


Do you know how to soften butter for spreading? Spreading cold butter on a bagel in the morning or any time of the day can be a struggle. We have some tips to avoid ripping your muffin or having clumps of butter on your toast. Learn how to soften butter for spreading with these four methods:

Method #1: Microwave

To soften butter in the microwave, you only need to have it in there for a few seconds, especially if you're softening butter in a 3.5 oz Epicurean Butter container. To avoid over-melting and making a buttery mess in the microwave, put a small glass of water in the microwave and cover the container of butter with a paper towel.

Method #2: Warm Knife

Run a knife under hot water or hold it over the stove to heat it. Just be careful not to burn your hand - we've been there. It’s always smart to use a potholder when using the warm knife method.

Method #3: Warm Oven

This one is easy if you’re already cooking something in the oven. Just set a scoop of butter in a small bowl on top of the stovetop until you are ready to spread.

Method #4: Room Temperature

Remember the butter dishes your grandmother would keep on the dining room table? Well, believe it or not, people still do that. Although, designs have improved, with fun colors, patterns, and all the cooking quotes you can imagine.

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Now that you know how to soften butter for spreading, it's time to test these methods in the kitchen. Visit our Products page and purchase your favorite Epicurean Butter flavors.

Do you have another trick for warming up your butter to make it easy to spread? We’d love to hear about it. Message us on Facebook or Instagram to let us know.