2. Speed Up Defrosting by Using Granite Counter Tops - Granite has an almost magical way of defrosting frozen items sitting on it. Why? We're not sure. But give it a shot and you'll be on your way to thawed food significantly faster.
• Look! Super-Quick Defrosting on Granite Countertops
3. Soften Butter Gently in a Double Boiler - This is a problem I seem to have often. Buy extra butter. Freeze. Decide to make cookies. Uh oh. Sometimes I'll put the butter on a stove top that's hot from pre-heating the oven and, as long as I'm careful about turning it every few minutes, problem solved. But this method is less prone to ending up with a pool of melted butter on your stove.
• Quick n' Easy: Ways to Soften Butter
What are your speeding defrosting secrets?