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7 Butter Hacks You Should Definitely Know

Soften butter like a pro with this easy trick.

There aren't many foods that aren't improved with a bit of butter. From your morning toast to sautéed vegetables, almost any dish is even better when it's nice and buttery.

If you're a die-hard butter lover, you'll want to learn these butter hacks, too. From softening butter to cooking steak, you'll love this dairy-based fat even more.

And once you've perfected these butter hacks, put them to good use in these 50 Easy Dinner Recipes.


Soften butter with a warm glass

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Do you have a kettle (or a Keurig machine)? Then you can use this TikTok butter hack. Fill a glass with water, empty the water, and then place the glass over your stick of butter. The heat from the glass will soften it in minutes! Even Chrissy Teigen swears by this trick.

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Make flavored butter

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If your favorite part of eating at a steakhouse is getting a nice pat of garlic butter atop your meat, we have great news. Flavored butter is easy to make at home! Up your game with our 7 Flavored Butter Recipes.


Cut butter into flour

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If you have no idea what to do when a recipe says to "cut butter into the flour," Good Life Eats has you covered. There are a few ways to do this, including using a food processor, a pastry blender, or just a couple of knives. It's not too challenging, we promise!

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Know how to store butter

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Home chefs don't always agree on whether butter should be stored in the fridge or on the countertop. Pasteurized, salted butter is safe to keep on your countertop for as long as 10 days. And that way, it will be nice and soft for your morning toast.


Use butter to enhance your pasta water

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Cacio e Pepe is one of the most decadent pasta dishes out there. And while the reserved pasta water is key to the dish, butter is, too. Add butter to your reserved pasta water before adding the noodles back in for a rich, delectable dish.

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Cook steak in butter

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Butter is the key to a perfect filet mignon. Use one of our flavored butter recipes to take your steak the extra mile. "The best way to cook this cut is to pan sear the steaks in butter with fresh thyme and garlic," Chef Saul Montiel of Cantina Rooftop in New York City previously told Yum.


Grate butter while it's cold

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Grating frozen butter, or at least butter that's fresh out of the fridge, will make the process a lot easier. If you only need a little butter for baking, it's not a bad idea to keep a stick in the freezer so you can grate it into pie recipes and other baked treats.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan
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