I know your pain. You have cravings for a dessert and you get to the recipe just to see that you needed to set out your ingredients at least 30 minutes ago if you wanted to be making that dessert right now. This always happens to me because I am terrible with planning ahead! In my case, I often forget to take out my ingredients prior to recipe testing. The thing is, we don’t always have the patience or the time to wait for those ingredients to naturally come to room temperature. That’s why today I am here to tell you how to get room temperature ingredients quickly, and I mean as quickly as possible!
I know it’s tempting to just move forward with the recipe without bringing your ingredients to room temperature. I mean, how important could it be? But if you’ve ever tried to cream together cold butter with sugar, you know that sadly, it’s just not going to work.
Why your ingredients need to be at room temperature
The answer is simple: room temperature ingredients mix well with each other. Have you ever noticed that your batter looks curdled after adding the eggs to the butter? That’s because either your butter or eggs were not at room temperature, and now, they do not want to mix together. That curdling is butter chunks that are now not emulsified with the rest of the batter, which can throw off the final texture of your baked goods. When all of the ingredients in a recipe are at the same temperature, they are happy to mix together.
But I think that’s enough chit-chat. You came here to learn how to get room temperature ingredients quickly, so let’s get into it!
How to get room temperature ingredients quickly!
If you are not in too much of a pinch for time, you can place your cold ingredients near where the oven get’s warm while it’s preheating to bring up the temperature of your ingredients. However, if you are looking for some faster, more specific methods, I have those for you right below!
Cut the butter into 1 tbsp. sized chunks and place them face down on a microwave-safe plate. Heat in the microwave in 5 second intervals until the butter is soft enough for your finger to easily make an indent into it. The butter should not show any signs of melting, but should be very soft. This usually takes me ~20 seconds total.
Eggs are super easy to get to room temperature. Simply grab a bowl, put the full egg (with the shell!) into the bowl, and continuously run hot water on it for 1 minute. Dump the water and you now have room temperature eggs! If you would like a less water-wasting alternative, you can fill a bowl with warm water and leave the egg in it for 10 minutes to get to room temperature.
For liquids, I’m talking about milk, sour cream, buttermilk – all of the “liquids”! Simply pour your liquid into a microwave safe cup or bowl, and microwave in 5 second intervals, checking the temperature with your finger after every 5 seconds. Once it feels room temperature, it’s good to go! For sour cream and buttermilk, the more acidic liquids, you need to be more careful so that they don’t curdle so keep a good eye on them!
Getting cream cheese to room temperature is actually an extremely similar process to the butter. You can just place the whole brick of cream cheese on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it in 5 second intervals until your finger can easily make an indent into the cream cheese. It should not show any signs of melting but should be soft. And there you have it, room temperature cream cheese!
And that’s how you do it! It’s super easy and honestly, I use the egg method almost every time I bake because they just take so long to warm up! If you know when you are going to bake it is super easy to just let the ingredients sit out until you need to use them, but we don’t always have the time or know when those cravings will hit. So when that happens to you, know that these methods are available!
If you’re now in the mood to bake, you can check out my recipe index here for a list of all of my recipes, sorted by category!
Thank you for reading my post! I hope you enjoyed learning about how to get room temperature ingredients quickly and that this article could be of help to you!