As Dave points out, cold butter can tear the bread and leave you with a messy situation. While microwaved butter can so quickly turn into a puddle of fat. The answer to your problem, believe it or not, is a glass cup!
Before dinner starts, prep the butter by running a glass under hot water. Fill it to the brim and let the water sit for one minute to ensure the glass is pretty warm.
Next, pour the water out of the glass, quickly run a towel over it, and place the warm cup over the butter. The heat will stay trapped inside and soften up the butter before your own eyes.
After a few minutes, your butter will be ready to enjoy! It really is that simple.
To learn more about this hack, check out the video below:
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens US.