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addicted2cake Feb 15, 2013 08:39 AM

I found a wonderful recipe for homemade vegan butter on veganbaking.net. The stuff is really delicious and can be subbed for butter in dairy recipes It is made primarily from coconut oil and soy milk with lecithin, apple cider vinegar, salt, canola oil (or other neutral veg oil) and xanthan gum, the other ingredients. The recipe says that the butter will stay fresh in the fridge for 3 weeks, much longer if frozen. I froze the butter. I would like to make a cookie recipe using this vegan butter (I usually bake with Earth Balance), but now that it's frozen, it's rock hard and could take a very long time to soften. How long is it safe to leave out on the counter? I'm concerned about bacteria. I'm no science person, but I know coconut oil is shelf stable, but opened soy milk is not. Could I soften it in the microwave? If so, any ideas at what power and for how long? I've asked this question on the veganbaking site, but it could take some time before I hear back. I'd like to make those cookies today or tomorrow, if possible. Thanks for any help you could offer.

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    ninrn Feb 15, 2013 08:50 AM

    I'd soften it in the fridge overnight and then give it twenty minutes to an hour on the counter tomorrow. I think the microwave will make it separate and become runny.

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      ferret Feb 15, 2013 10:25 AM

      I'm assuming the cookies are going to be baked? I have no qualms about leaving things out to thaw, especially when they're being baked in a hot oven.

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        antennastoheaven Feb 15, 2013 10:56 AM

        Could you put in a ziplock, press out as much air as possible, seal the bag, and immerse it in a sink full of room temperature (not warm/hot!) water for a couple of hours? how big is the block of "butter"?

        Otherwise, I think ninrn's advice is pretty solid, and concur with ferret that I wouldn't have an issue with leaving it out...personally, I'd say for 6-8 hours comfortably.

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          addicted2cake Feb 15, 2013 01:04 PM

          Thanks so much for your replies. I just read that frozen dairy butter can take 4 to 8 hours to soften on the counter, depending on room temp. I'm in New England and the temp during the day in my kitchen is in the high 60's. I think I'll put it in the fridge over night, then leave on the counter to soften tomorrow. Cookies will be baked in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Can't wait to see how this vegan butter works in my recipe. Glad to hear I could comfortably leave it out over night. It wouldn't be more than 6 hours, tops.

          1. Carrollton Foodie Feb 15, 2013 04:25 PM

            I'd love it if you could give a link to the vegan butter recipe you made.

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              ursy_ten Feb 15, 2013 06:27 PM

              addicted2cake said it was from veganbaking.net.
              I got this far but the page isn't loading for me right now:
              http://veganbaking.net/vegan-recipes/...

              1. re: ursy_ten
                Carrollton Foodie Feb 18, 2013 08:14 AM

                And here it is: http://www.veganbaking.net/fats/vegan...

                Thanks ursy_ten!

                1. re: Carrollton Foodie
                  ursy_ten Feb 18, 2013 04:10 PM

                  You're welcome CF :)

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