This writing will show you how to melt Nutella in 5 different ways that are super easy to follow and proven to work. Because the Nutella comes out of the fridge, it’s always a daunting task to spread it on the bread.
And despite its sweet and rich taste, it’s such frustrating when hard and dry. More than often you may end up wasting three slices before feeling the easiness.
However, if you know how to melt the Nutella with the proper method, won’t take more than 5 minutes of your time.
Why Does Nutella Get Stiff?
The primary reason for Nutella to get hard and dry is because of your fridge storage. It’s common and also advisable to place a jar of Nutella in the refrigerator, which helps to maintain the quality for longer.
However, this inevitable storing method causes the texture of Nutella to be stiff and dry.
Due to the decrease in temperature, the moisture in Nutella shrinks, causing the overall texture to suffer.
But as we close the cap tightly, the moisture still remains inside. As a result, melting the Nutella is totally possible, you can do it without the need to get any new equipment so keep reading to find out step by step how to do it.
Of course, the most important ingredient for the melting process is your hard Nutella.
It’s up to you to use the whole jar or just a spoon of it. Depending on the amount you want to serve, you can go with either choice.
Either option will come with the smooth texture of the Nutella. Let’s now specify each way.
1. Melting Nutella by Microwave
What You Need
- Stiff and dry Nutella
- Microwave-safe container/bowl
- Food wrap
Step by step Instructions
Step1: Take it out
Again, depending on the amount of Nutella you want to melt Nutella, spoon it out from the jar.
However, the more Nutella you are going to use, the more time you will need to melt the whole portion.
The recommendable amount for each turn should be no more than half of a jar.
Step 2: Wrap it up
It’s never safe to just put the Nutella by itself inside the microwave. The heat may burn the Nutella or make it absorb the smell from the microwave.
It’s also not advisable to put the Nutella in a plastic container or any of those that are not microwave-friendly. Otherwise, the material may leak into the spread and ruin the taste of it.
Thus, before putting the Nutella into the microwave, make sure you put it in a microwave-safe container and cover it with food wrap. Or else, you can use a container with a cap.
This will ensure the perfect texture and the original smell and taste of the Nutella when coming out of the microwave.
Step 3: Heat it up
Place the bowl/ container into the microwave oven, and set the temperature on medium heat. The heating time should not exceed one minute.
As Nutella is very sensitive to high temperature, heating it for too long will definitely destroy the result.
During the heating, it’s crucial to keep your eyes on the microwave.
Step 4: Stir it up
When taking the Nutella out of the microwave oven, stir it thoroughly to make it ready for spreading.
Normally, this step is optional as a result already comes with the perfect texture. You can use either a metal spoon, a fork or any culinary tool to whisk the Nutella up. Now you can use the melted Nutella for your favorite foods as ice cream, cheesecake.
2. Hot Water Bath Method
What You Need
- Stiff and dry Nutella
- Pot/cauldron/deep pan
- Chopstick/small wooden spoon
Step 1: Put It In
Choose a container/ bowl that is big enough to accommodate the size of the Nutella jar.
Also, make sure it is heavy enough so that it won’t be floating on the hot water steam bath.
In other words, a ceramic or thick metal bowl/ container is recommendable more than a plastic container or glass bowl.
Step 2: Boil The Water
Use a pot/cauldron/pan that can accommodate the size of the bowl. Put it into the pot and pour the water into the pot (not the bowl).
Decide the proper water level so that the bowl will not be floating and the water won’t overflow into it.
Take the bowl out of the pot before bringing the water to boil. Otherwise, the bowl, in some cases, will not be able to bear the heat, it will then crack off.
As the water is boiling, turn the heat to the minimum level
Step 3: Place The Bowl Into The Pot
Put the bowl containing the Nutella jar into the pot and let it rest for about 2-3 minutes in the simmering water.
You can open the jar and stir the spread up using a chopstick for about 4-5 turns during the heating process. This will help the Nutella to melt much faster.
The hot water produces enough heat to melt the stiff Nutella. Be aware when handling the boiling water to avoid scalding your hands.
Using some mittens is always good advice for this. For those who don’t have a microwave or when your microwave acts weird, using this method is an excellent alternative.
3. Butter Knife Method
What You Need
- Stiff and dry Nutella
- Butter knife
- Hot water/ any source of heat
Step 1: Heat Up The Butter Knife
To heat the butter knife, you can use hot water or heat the knife on the flame. Pour hot water into a bowl/ cup.
The bowl should be deep enough to fit the length of the knife. Dip the knife into the hot water for about 1 minute.
You can also bring water to boil in a pot and dip the knife into it.
An important note is that when dipping the knife into hot water, don’t dip the whole of it.
Otherwise, you may burn your hand taking it out. Take the knife by its handle and dip the blade into the hot water.
Another way for eating up the blade is to move it over the flame. However, don’t make the blade touch the flame.
Instead, allows its spreading high temperature to heat up the blade.
Step 2: Use The Butter Knife To Spread
This method is the easiest and fastest way to melt the Nutella. The hot blade itself acts as a source of heat that melts the Nutella.
This way is thus ideal for those who are in a hurry as it offers a great extent of convenience.
While taking out the Nutella from the jar, make sure the blade does not touch the jar.
Or else, its heat can easily melt the plastic material of the jar. It’s ideal to use a butter knife with a short or medium length blade.
This will also prevent you from burning yourself when spreading the Nutella.
4. Combine With Milk
1. What You Need
- A bowl
This method is extremely simple and quick to melt and softening Nutella as well.
- Put an empty bowl on the table.
- Slowly input the Nutella into the bowl.
- Adding milk into it, one thing here you should remember that Nutella will never be melt with a small milk plus. The amount of Nutella adds into the bowl at least 25% of Nutella. Depend on how soft of mixer you want, you can adjust the amount input of milk.
5. Keeping It in Room Temperature
Someone, when coming here, will get some shocks when I say LET IT BE. Sure! Nutella can be melt by itself at room temperature. The thing that you never heard before. But some concerns when you do it following this method:
- It will take time but it worth it because of keeps nearly the original Nutella flavor.
- Ant loves Nutella, it will be trouble to prevent ants when melting Nutella.
Tips To Melt Nutella Perfectly
When you melt the Nutella using the microwave, add some neutral flavored oil to prevent it from being burnt.
The amount of oil should not exceed one teaspoon, or it will get greasy and ruin the taste.
An alternative for this oil is chocolate syrup; it will add more sweet sharpness to the spread. Don’t set the temperature in the fridge at a high level.
Set it at low or medium-level instead. This will help the melting task easier to do.
The Bottom Line
Knowing how to melt Nutella is important to make the spreading task easier. With the methods above, a smooth and soft Nutella spread will always be possible.
Using heat is the key to melt the Nutella, which also means that you should aware of not burning yourself along the way.
For more heating tips, consult: How to Reheat Smoked Turkey.