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Salted vs Unsalted butter in cookies?

its_me_susan

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Jul 31, 2005
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I looked it up and it seems salt is just a preservative... but have you baked with it? I think I always do...? Will it effect anything?

The cooking site I looked up said:

omit about 1/4 teaspoon salt per 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter.

But my cookies rarely have salt...

Just wanted to know what everyone thought?

Susan :)
 
Sep 11, 2005
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I use salted butter for my cookies, I use the amount the recipe calls for and I have not found any thing wrong with them. But I do buy unsaled butter for the fudge I make for Christmas. If a recipe calls for unsalted butter then I use it. I just keep a pound of it in my freezer and use it when needed.
 

amya

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I have used salted butter in baking. I'm not really sure what the salted butter does, but I use the amount called for in the recipe and then I just don't add any salt if it is called for. Things usually come out tasting fine and the salted is usually a little cheaper than the unsalted, so I would say go ahead.
 

Happy Mom

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You can use either salted or unsalted. If I use regular butter, I omit the salt in the cookie recipe if it states to use sweet (unsalted butter). Land O'Lakes website has some other good tips, too.
 

PCJen

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Great website-Baking911.com

Just thought I would share this website with everyone. www.baking911.com
This is a great website to get tips and learn why certain ingredients are use in recipes and what they do. I have learned baking and cooking can be very scientific. You'll see what I mean when you check the website out.

Butter without salt is fresher. Salt is added as a preservative for a longer shelf life. This was from the website.

Have fun checking it out! :)
 

its_me_susan

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PCJen said:
Just thought I would share this website with everyone. www.baking911.com
This is a great website to get tips and learn why certain ingredients are use in recipes and what they do. I have learned baking and cooking can be very scientific. You'll see what I mean when you check the website out.

Butter without salt is fresher. Salt is added as a preservative for a longer shelf life. This was from the website.

Have fun checking it out! :)

What a great website! Thank you!!!
 

BethCooks4U

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Jan 21, 2005
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PCJen said:
Just thought I would share this website with everyone. www.baking911.com
This is a great website to get tips and learn why certain ingredients are use in recipes and what they do. I have learned baking and cooking can be very scientific. You'll see what I mean when you check the website out.

Butter without salt is fresher. Salt is added as a preservative for a longer shelf life. This was from the website.

Have fun checking it out! :)
THANKS! It's always great to find new tips to share at our shows! That gives us more value. :cool:
 

Trish1953

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Salt vs. Unsalted Butter

My husband, a chef, tells me that unsalted butter is preferred for daily cooking and baking. There is no difference between the two butters. Salt is added as a preservative. Using the salted version will mean that cookies, etc. may taste more salty. Also, consider cutting back on the amount of salt in your recipe if you use salted butter. In addition, the salted version may not be good for people who are watching their sodium intake. Unsalted butter is sometimes called "sweet butter" because any butter created from sweet instead of sour cream is going to taste sweet. So, boxes labelled "sweet cream butter" will most likely be made from salted butter. :)
 
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