How to Whip Shea Butter
By Del Sandeen, About.com Guide
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Place Bowl Over Pot
Photo © 2009 D. Sandeen, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is a variation of the double-boiler method (perfect for those of us who don't own double-boilers!). Place a small amount of water in a pot and boil it. Once it's boiling, remove from heat and place the bowl of shea butter over the pot. It will melt very quickly, which is why you need to remove the pot from the heat. Instead of placing over hot water, you can also microwave shea butter in a microwave-safe bowl, but you may lose some of the nutrients this way.