Look, we’ve all tried to throw together a PB&J and didn’t have room temperature butter. Even worse, how about busting out the stand mixer for cookies but you didn’t think to pull out a few sticks to start warming up? I’d heard about this trick forever ago but never tried it, mostly because I had a microwave and could fake room temperature pretty easily.
Those days are over. Now that I’m operating sans microwave, I’ve had to test out this old wives’ tale. And guess what? IT WORKS. Better than microwaving, even.
Partially unwrap a stick of butter, using the wrapper to shield your hand while you grate. Grate that stick like it’s a block of butter. The tiny pieces hit room temp super quickly and you can get on with your life.