How to Make Cold Butter Soft in Literally 2 Seconds

I am not exaggerating.

Rocky Luten


Listen. I know you can set a stick of butter out on the counter until it softens into a lovely, shlumped, spreadable slab. (But can you ever remember to do that?) I know that there are things called countertop butter keepers that make soft butter an everyday occurrence. (But I'm freaked out that they'll get moldy.) I even know that Chrissy Teigen has a very effective hack for softening a cold stick of butter in about five minutes by placing it inside an overturned glass that was previously holding boiling water.

Actually, I love that method, but when all I need is just need a few swipes of softened butter for toast, there is an even quicker, easier solution.

Ty Mecham
Ginkgo's Japanese Butter Knife
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The Japanese Butter Knife.

Pick it up, drag the perforated scalloped edge along a cold brick of butter, and watch as adorable butter threads curl up and over the knife like magic. Press these gently onto half an English muffin. Emphasis on gently. They spread... like butter. No more mauling your toast trying to get a cold, hard square of salted Land O'Lakes to be something it just isn't! (Delicious, but not softened.)

Before you ask, this Japanese butter knife is indeed a one-trick pony. BUT OH, WHAT A TRICK. And how insanely charming (not to mention tiny, easily stored) an object: the simply bent metal, the rounded ends, the scalloped edge that makes me want to go buy a similar trim for all my lampshades and doorways and spring dresses. Swoon, frankly.

The good folks at Ginkgo, a Japanese design group, clearly know what they're doing. And you? If you are not interested in dating this Japanese butter knife, you've got some real soul-searching to do.

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