Salted Or Unsalted Butter???

Decorating By Baking4Fun Updated 14 Jul 2008 , 4:22pm by AKA_cupcakeshoppe

Baking4Fun Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:02pm
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I know some recipes give specific instructions for salted or unsalted butter but what do you use when they don't? I am making the No Fail Sugar Cookies tonight and it calls for -I think- a pound of butter. What do you use?


9 replies
mogzilla Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:10pm
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If the recipe contains salt (and most baking recipes do), I would use unsalted butter.

Baking4Fun Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:21pm
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Thanks for your advice! I'll try that!

antonia74 Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:36pm
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If I have salted butter on hand, I just skip the added salt in the recipe.

If I have unsalted butter on hand, I add the salt the recipe asks for.

Either way, they taste practically identical.

I was taught that if a recipe doesn't state, you always use unsalted. It's a nicer butter that allows you to regulate how much salt you want to add to the recipe yourself....but it's usually $1-$1.50 more pricey in the local grocery stores, so if i can "get away" with using salted in a cake or cookie recipe, I'll try! (For buttercream though, no way, ONLY unsalted for me!)

revel Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:37pm
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I always use unsalted. I just prefer the taste!

tenleysmommy Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:40pm
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I agree with antonia74.If you only have salted then use that and ommit the added salt.I do this all the time.

PinkZiab Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:43pm
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I only bake with unsalted butter so I can carefully control the amount of salt in my recipes. But even when a recipe doesn't call for salt at all it always gets at least a pinch from me to enhance the flavor.

mkolmar Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:44pm
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I use unsalted butter. That way I can control the salt better in recipes.

Baking4Fun Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 3:49pm
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Thanks for all the tips!!! I really appreciate it and it helps me out a bunch!!! I'll be baking tonight so I'm off to the store for some unsalted butter! Thanks again!

AKA_cupcakeshoppe Posted 14 Jul 2008 , 4:22pm
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i only use unsalted for the SMBC,. it's too expensive. i use margarine to bake.

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