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#1 Fri 14 Aug 09 7:04pm

Africanbear

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From South Africa
Member since Sat 16 May 09

Salted vs unsalted butter

When a recipe calls for butter do I use salted or unsalted butter?
Is there a difference in the end results -if I bake a cake -and I use unsalted butter?
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#2 Fri 14 Aug 09 7:15pm

SusanneH

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

If it only says "butter" I would use unsalted.

There will be a difference in the flavor, because obviously the salted butter will be more salty.

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#3 Fri 14 Aug 09 7:56pm

mummza

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

I tend to use salted butter as that is what is more readily available , also I have found that generally ,if the recipe is to use unsalted butter then it tends to say that is what is required.

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#4 Fri 14 Aug 09 8:46pm

jutta73

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

I always use unsalted butter. I think this is especially important when making sweet things like cakes, muffins, biscuits etc. If it is a savoury dish you can add salt to your own tastes anyway. I believe you can get unsalted butter in most locations now.

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#5 Fri 14 Aug 09 9:00pm

atylian

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From Sheffield, England
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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

I generally go for salted because Ithink it has more taste, lovely on toast in the morning yummy

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#6 Fri 14 Aug 09 9:28pm

SusanneH

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

mummza wrote:

I tend to use salted butter as that is what is more readily available , also I have found that generally ,if the recipe is to use unsalted butter then it tends to say that is what is required.

That is not necessarily true everywhere. Here in Germany salted butter is uncommon and expensive. "Butter" means pure butter. There are virtually no recipes with salted butter. Not even recipes that specifically call for salted butter
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Generally I like salted or other seasoned (herbed, garlic, paprika....) butter on things like potatoes, steak, grilled corn cobs etc. because then I want the seasoning effect.

For baking sweet things I would never use salted (and never did when I lived in the US where butter is mostly salted too) - unless called for specifically - because it is so easy to adjust seasonings later if I feel I do want to add a little salt. Can't take out the salt though.

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#7 Sat 15 Aug 09 3:14am

JoyYamDaisy

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From Melbourne Australia
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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

There isn't that much salt in salted butter, so I have never found it badly affects a recipe that asks for unsalted: especially a cake as you usually add a pinch of salt anyway! Happy cooking! smile

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#8 Sat 15 Aug 09 4:49am

janiz

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

Unless it states "unsalted butter" I use salted....seems to work fine smile

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#9 Sat 15 Aug 09 6:51am

SonomaEddie

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

Salted butter tends to cost less because it is not as fresh as unsalted which is why they add salt to hide the taste.  I always use unsalted.  I prefer to use the freshest--so what if I spend a few pennies more--and control the salt content.

Eddie

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#10 Sat 15 Aug 09 6:54am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Salted vs unsalted butter

I don't know if that would be the reason. I'd tend to think that salted butter is cheaper because more people buy it.

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