Here’s How to Easily Tell If Your Butter Is at Room Temperature

published Apr 11, 2022
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Soft, spreadable butter is the key to everything — from buttered toast to many classic baking recipes. The best way to achieve this desired consistency is to bring your butter is to room temperature. But nailing that soft-but-not-melted state can be difficult. Sure, you can use special tools or try out

preparation hacks

Thanks to a recent post on the Pinkk Sugars-Kolkata Bakers Instagram account, your days of wondering are about to be left behind. According to the account, the best way to tell whether your butter has reached the idea room temperature state is to gently press a finger into it. If you can make a shallow impression into the butter without it leaving a residue of grease on your finger, you’ve reached that state.

The reel also shows the difference between hard butter and extra soft butter. For example, if you touch a hard stick of butter with your finger and press in, it won’t leave an impression or grease your fingers. Butter that is super soft, however, is warmer than room temperature. So your finger will leave a deeper indentation in the butter and will come away coated.

So there you have it folks. The perfect way to determine whether or not your butter is at the prime temperature for use — depending on what your recipe (or preference) calls for. Seems like that guidance to never play with our food wasn’t all that forward thinking!

Not sure of the type of butter you’ll need for your particular recipe? This guide will clue you in on a few of the types of butters out there and how to use them.