Best method to soften butter or cream cheese - FAST
I need to make a cheesecake tonight when I get home. Of course the cream cheese has been in the refrigerator.
Any tricks/tips to soften evenly? While we are at it, how about butter too.
this may be too late, but...
cooks illustrated recommends wrapping the cream cheese or butter in plastic wrap, then submerging it in a bowl of hot tap water for 5-10 min.
i microwave my frozen butter, 10 seconds per side, 6 sides in all, chop into bits if it's still rock hard. or if i'm not as impatient, i sit it out on one of the shelves of the old o'keefe and merrit gas stove-- that thing is like a radiator you can cook with.