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The internet is going crazy over this viral hack to soften butter

There’s nothing worse than going to take the butter out of the fridge to put on your toast, only to find out it’s completely unspreadable.

Okay, okay, there are a few things that could be worse.

Like getting halfway through a baking recipe and then needing room-temperature butter.

Disaster, we know.

Have your butter and eat it immediately too

If the option to wait for your butter to soften isn’t available to you (read: your patience is non-existent) then may we introduce you to a hack that lets you have your butter, and eat it immediately too.

This ‘cheat’ allows you to soften butter without melting it or waiting around for it to come to room temperature. 

Women in the kitchen with butter.

‘The best baking tip ever’

An Australian mum posted the hack, dubbed ‘one of the best baking tips ever,’ to a Facebook group and thousands have been impressed at how simple it is.

“This really works as I’ve tried it a few times already,” she wrote.

She explains, “If you need to soften butter quickly but don’t want to melt it, put boiling hot water in a glass to heat the glass.

“Dump the water out and flip it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes, it will be perfectly soft and ready to use. You’re welcome.”

The post has already received over 18,000 likes and more than 50,000 shares. 

“I was today years old, so useful!!” one fan said.

Man who rolled out butter

“Great tip! How have I gone my whole life without knowing this? I always forget to take the butter out,” someone else added.

“This is incredible. Life = changed,” someone posted.

But not everyone was on board with the hack, with many saying that you could just as easily microwave the butter for eight or nine seconds to soften it. 

“Or just put it in the microwave,” one wrote.

Another pointed out, “I would never put boiling water in a glass as it would shatter it.”