Melting Butter

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I’ve been reading quite a few baking books lately. I like learning new ways of doing old things.

I keep coming across the weirdest tip; how to melt butter. At first, it really struck me as odd. Don’t people know how to melt butter? Then I started thinking about all the times I burned butter in the past.

So if it’s something that numerous books feel they need to cover, maybe we should too. Honestly, it probably would have helped me in the past. Maybe it’s the simplest things that can be the most complicated.


There are two ways to melt butter on the stove to make sure it doesn’t burn.

You can either use a double boiler or a saucepan over medium heat. Anything higher and the butter will burn. Plus it happens super quick.

You want to remove the butter from the heat about 3/4 melted. Use a spatula to stir the butter until it’s completely melted.


In a microwave-safe bowl, place small cubes of butter. Cover the bowl with paper towel to stop splashing out of the bowl.

With the microwave on medium heat, heat on medium in 15-second intervals.

Just like on the stove top, melt until 3/4 melted and stir until completely melted.

Now you have perfectly melted butter. Super easy right?

Happy melting friends!

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