How to Melt Butter

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  • Butter should never be melted on high heat. High heat causes the milk solids to separate out and can burn the butter.
  • Melt butter on the stove-top in a heavy saucepan or the top of a double boiler over medium-low or medium heat. Watch butter carefully when melting and remove it from the heat when it’s about three-quarters melted, then stir until it’s completely melted.
  • In the microwave, cut butter into small pieces and loosely cover the bowl with paper towel. Melt on Medium-Low (30%) power or Defrost, checking every 10 to 15 seconds until it’s almost melted but a few small solid pieces remain. Remove from the microwave and stir until it’s completely melted.

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