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Ooops! Butter casualty

Jillsifer's picture

Suppose you were an idiot. (Okay, okay, I know you're not, but someone might be, so suppose with me.) Suppose further that you were thawing a pound of butter on the counter in anticipation of using it in several cookie/icing/filling recipes. Then suppose you were making iced tea and unthinkingly placed the plastic pitcher near the thawing butter, then merrily dumped boiling water into same.


If, about 30 minutes later, when you went back for tea, the counter was awash in melty, squishy butter, would you try to rescue what you could by placing it back in the refrigerator immediately and possibly using it in your baking anyway?


 



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Edited 9/19/2009 10:21 pm by Jillsifer

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

madnoodle's picture

(post #65195, reply #1 of 25)

Yes.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

Jean's picture

(post #65195, reply #2 of 25)

Me too.


Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
      I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

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evelyn's picture

(post #65195, reply #9 of 25)

tritto!

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Sandi's picture

(post #65195, reply #3 of 25)

Yes, I would stick it back in the fridge. But then even after it solidifies, I'd only use it in recipes calling for melted butter.

When I take butter out of the fridge, and leave it out too long, the baked good gets greasy, especially cookies, so I definitely would not use it for cookies. Brownies, maybe, as long as it calls for melted butter.

Just my thoughts.

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65195, reply #4 of 25)

Thank you all! My . . . ummmmm . . . friend, the idiot, did just as you suggested and my--I mean her--brownies came out fine. Surprisingly, so did the cream cheese icing/frosting/filling for the pumpkin whoopie pies.


Thanks! 


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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

Jean's picture

(post #65195, reply #5 of 25)

Did she ever try the pumpkin ice cream?


Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
      I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Jillsifer's picture

(post #65195, reply #10 of 25)

No. She's been up to her ears in various Momular obligations but hopes to get to it tomorrow night, just ahead of Tuesday's predicted scorching temperatures.

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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

Gretchen's picture

(post #65195, reply #6 of 25)

Yes, and I'd use it for any recipe.  ;o)

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Biscuit's picture

(post #65195, reply #13 of 25)

ITA with Sandi.  Once it's been melted, I would only use it for spreading on bread/toast, cooking or in recipes calling for melted butter.


Do NOT use it for pie crust!


"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

SallyBR1's picture

(post #65195, reply #7 of 25)

I know "someone" just like "your friend". This "person I know" would do just what you did, except that she tends to use profanity while doing it.

 


 


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Marcia's picture

(post #65195, reply #8 of 25)

Ammm, there is someone else I know who'd use quite a lot of profanity under these sad circumstances. Sometimes profanity is called for, and the case of the melted butter is just such a time.

thecooktoo's picture

(post #65195, reply #15 of 25)

Yes, profanity is certainly appropriate in certain circumstances.


When "my friend" put a half pound of butter in microwave to soften it, thought he punched in 15 seconds and instead punched in 1 minute, 50 seconds.  Got back to the microwave just as it was ticking off the last 5 seconds.  One half pound of butter completely coating the inside of the microwave.  Took "him" a half hour just to clean the microwave, and the butter was not salvageable and "he" had to go the store because that was all the butter "he" had in the house.


Stupid "friend!"


Jim

Marcia's picture

(post #65195, reply #16 of 25)

You should watch out for "friends" like that, but I'll bet it doesn't happen again. Cleaning the microwave must have been a nightmare.

Canuck's picture

(post #65195, reply #17 of 25)

At her first all-day babysitting gig last summer, my daughter used their microwave and set it the way we do, with seconds. Except theirs works in minutes. Smoke all over the place, gets kiddies and kitten out, but detector needs override code and therefore goes straight to 911 and both parents at work. The firefighters arrive, parents are panicking because they can't call through on their line, can't reach me because I'm down the street. Whew. All for a Pizza Pocket.


On the one hand, the microwave was surprisingly easy to clean; on the other, airing out the house wasn't as easy. But we had nice firefighters helping and telling DD that that much smoke is how they know it's dinner time at the station.

TracyK's picture

(post #65195, reply #21 of 25)

I'm noticing a theme with your posts today. Methinks it's time for a Firefighter-A-Day calendar. ;)


We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.

                                                            -- Garrison Keillor

Canuck's picture

(post #65195, reply #22 of 25)

Oooh, do you have one?

TracyK's picture

(post #65195, reply #23 of 25)

:)


http://www.firefightercalendar.org/



We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.

                                                            -- Garrison Keillor

Canuck's picture

(post #65195, reply #24 of 25)

Well Tracy, I think this might need some in-depth research, so I'll forward the link onto some others who are as into the subject as I am. Thanks!


Toronto used to have a firefighter fundraiser where they stripped (just down to the trousers and boots) on the roof of our local fire station during the Jazz Festival. I never saw it live, but someone complained, and that was the end of that. Many of us live in hopes that they'll bring it back.


Edited 9/22/2009 5:01 pm ET by Canuck

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65195, reply #19 of 25)

Stupid "friend!"


Aren't we all collectively glad that these dumb people have us--the flawless--in their lives? Think of the damage they could do without our wise guidance. ;-)


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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

thecooktoo's picture

(post #65195, reply #20 of 25)

ITA - I don't think they could survive without us!


Jim

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65195, reply #11 of 25)

Wow, cool. I bet my friend would envy your friend, being able to use profanity in English AND Portugese!


Founding patroness, language professionals in favor of "snuck"



Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

Barbara48's picture

(post #65195, reply #12 of 25)

This happens if the dishwasher is on and you have granite counters. I guess the heat transfers. Ask me how I know.

JonE's picture

(post #65195, reply #14 of 25)

Soapstone does the same thing...

You can make one heck of a giant bowl of popcorn - maybe a dumpster's worth.

 

 

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65195, reply #18 of 25)

You can make one heck of a giant bowl of popcorn


My friend considered that briefly, then she remembered she hates popcorn, then she thought about all the Boy Scout popcorn currently taking up space in her garage freezer, then she remembered again that she REALLY hates popcorn . . .


But if it happens again, she's going to pop the d*mned corn and start dispensing largesse to all the neighbors. Most folks like popcorn, don't they?


 


Founding patroness, language professionals in favor of "snuck"



Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

caroljay's picture

(post #65195, reply #25 of 25)

Oh, yeah. I would use it for anything except layer cakes (unless the recipe called for melted butter). Actually, I can think of cake recipes that do call for melted butter...So, my answer would be, yes. Definitely. ;-)

You know, you could also carry out the process further, and clarify the butter (or make browned butter...) the possibilities are endless!

Caroljay


Edited 9/22/2009 5:23 pm ET by caroljay