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Best Way to Get Hard Butters Out of Their Container

by Reggie
(Las Vegas)

Q: What's the best way to get the harder butters out of the containers they come in? I'm about to try my first recipe and one of the butters (kokum) is pretty hard. All I can think of is scraping it with a knife.

Thanks, Reggie

A: I always put the container into a pot of water, filling the pot to about in inch (2.5cm) below the rim of the body butter jar. I put the pot on the stove over a LOW heat and let it warm up until the cocoa butter, kokum butter, coconum oil or whatever, is soft. Then scoop out what you need and let it cool back to its normal hard texture.

Butters and hard oils like virgin unrefined coconut oil are okay to gently melt and cool, re-melt and cool. The trick is to use a VERY LOW heat so they don't go grainy.

I don't recommend using the microwave because it generally doesn't heat evenly, it's hard to not over-do it (and then your body butter is grainy) and I'm not convinced that microwaved food is good for you. I've seen reports that it changes the structure of the molecules. Just sayin'

Anyhow, I hope that helps - good luck with your body butter adventures :)

I hope that helps!

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