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Pinterest Tested: Softening Butter Quickly

Hey, friends!
So, I decided to start a new series on my blog: Pinterest Tested! I’m going to be testing out some popular Pinterest cooking hacks to see if they actually work! I’m always curious about whether these viral pins are actually legit, and I thought you would be as well.
First off, we’re going to be testing a pin by Pamela Suzanne Lashbrook. As far as I can tell, the photo was originally posted on Facebook by Kimberly Reaves Bernards (if you know of a previous poster, let me know!). 
The post states:

One of the coolest baking tips ever… Tried and true… If you need to soften butter quickly but don’t want to melt it…. Put boiling hot water in a glass to heat the glass. Dump the water out and flip it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes it will be softy soft to use! You’re welcome!

Let’s give it a go:

Pinterest Tested: Softening Butter Quickly
First of all, I pour just-boiled water into a glass and then dumped it back out.

Pinterest Tested: Softening Butter Quickly
Then, I flipped the glass over a stick of fresh-from-the-fridge butter and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Pinterest Tested: Softening Butter Quickly

This is what the butter looked like after 5 minutes under the cup.

It definitely softened butter a bit, but not super dramatically. I think it would have been soft enough to make cookies, for example.

I poured more hot (not boiling) water in the glass and repeated the process for another 5 minutes. The extra time didn’t soften the butter much more.


Yes and no.

It DID work to soften the butter slightly, but it wasn’t all softy soft. Also, this isn’t a SUPER fast way of softening butter. It’s definitely quicker than just leaving it at room temperature to soften, but first you need to boil the water, and then you need to let the cup sit over the butter for 5-10 minutes, for a total time of around 10-15 minutes.

Again, it works faster than just putting your butter on your counter, but it isn’t mind-blowingly amazing.

So this one gets a sort-of-works. 

Let me know in the comments if there are any Pinterest cooking hacks that you’d like for me to test out! Make sure to leave the link to the pin!



Saturday 11th of February 2017

You may want to caution your readers against pouring boiling water into a glass, as it can cause it to crack or shatter. #thermalshock Looking forward to more hacking of hacks!


Thursday 9th of February 2017

Love this series! I've tried this one before too, and I remember it coming out the same way.

Erica Lea

Thursday 9th of February 2017

I'm trying to decide which one to do next... :)


Wednesday 8th of February 2017

This sounds like a fun series! Looking forward to the next installment!

Erica Lea

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it, Susan! I can't wait to test out more pins. :)

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