Dotting casseroles or other dishes: When a recipe calls for you to “dot” the top with butter, it can be a messy process with soft butter. In the future, try keeping a stick of butter in the freezer. By using a vegetable peeler or grater, you can evenly distribute the butter over your dish with no mess.
Soften: To quickly soften butter that happens to be frozen or chilled, just grate the amount needed, it will be soft in no time. You can also invert a heated bowl over a stick of butter for a few minutes to quicken the softening process.