What is better for baking:salted or unsalted butter?

butter - pic of butter
United States
April 11, 2007 10:00pm CST
I am really confused . I keep having people telling me different things about butter. Some say I should only use salted and others have said I should use only unsalted.Can someone help uncomfuse me?
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@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
30 Apr 07
Use salted sweet cream butter for toast only. Everything else gets unsalted butter. The reason is so you can control the sodium (salt) in the foods you are cooking. You can always add more but you can't take it out once it's in there. Besides, most of us don't need the additional salt/sodium content, anyway.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Most of the people are saying the same thing. thanks for your input and for "unconfusing"me.lol
• United States
18 Apr 07
i use salted.i think i'd only use non-salted if someone in the house had a low sodium diet. i just prefer the taste of it.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Thanks for the input.I really appreciate it!
@meholl (510)
• United States
18 Apr 07
When cooking or baking with butter, use unsalted butter unless the recipe asks for salted butter. As the term implies, salted butter has salt in it, and so do most recipes. Using unsalted butter lets you control the amount of salt that goes into your food as well. If a recipe asks for sweet cream butter, use unsalted butter. If the recipe asks for butter, use unsalted butter. If the recipe asks for salted butter, then by all means use salted butter unless you prefer to have less salt in the food.
• United States
30 Apr 07
thanks for the info.It seems most are saying unsalted too. I apprecitate it.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I just had this whole discussion with my dad a few weeks ago. I had baked some chocolate chip cookies and they were flat as pancakes. They tasted just fine but they were really flat. My dad is a great cook so I figured I'd ask him. He said the salted butter was the problem and that I need to use unsalted when I bake. So last weekend I tested this out to see if it really was true and it was! So, I'd ay, use unsalted butter.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
It seems that the unsalted butter has won the day so to speak so I think i will stick with unsalted butter unless the receipe calls for salted.thanks
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
13 Apr 07
When baking I always use unsalted butter. Unless the recipe calls for salted.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
thanks for responding. Using unsalted butter seems to be the thing to do so I think that is what I will use unless the receipe says specifically otherwise
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
13 Apr 07
As per America's Test Kitchen show on PBS, when baking you should always use unsalted butter in any recipes that call for the addition of salt. If the recipe does not call for salt, you can use either salted or unsalted butter except in shortbreads. When cooking, not baking, always use salted butter as the salt will help to bring out the flavor of the foods. You can use margarine interchangably with butter when cooking, but not when baking. Some baked goods will not turn out right if you use margarine instead of butter. Shortbreads should always be made using unsalted butter. The only exception to this is when your shortbread recipe calls for salted butter. I hope this helps.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
thanks for the heads up! It certainly will help and i appreciate the advice. Gosh i love shortbreads! a little too much if you ask me
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I use whatever kind I have in the fridge.If the recipe calls for unsalted butter but then says add salt i just omit the extra salt.My recipes have always turned out just fine.I even substitue margarine for the butter alot of times since it is so much cheaper.Happy baking to you.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
thanks! I do prefer butter in my receipes but there has been times when I had to substitute margerine for the butter.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
12 Apr 07
To be honest, some recipes call for salted and some call for unsalted. I use whatever I have on hand. I never pay any attention to the salt in the butter. I do try to give correct insturctions when I post recipes but I dont pay any attention to the salt in the butter.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
Thanks so much for your response.You know I love your advice-it's always so helpful!
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
Always use unsalted butter, unless the recipe specifically calls for salted butter. You will muck up the recipe if you use unsalted butter, particularly in cakes.Or are you talking about butter used on bread? If so, it's a matter of personal choice. I use unsalted.
• United States
12 Apr 07
thank you . i just didn't know what to do with so many people telling me differenet things. When it comes to bread,I will use a lowfat low cholsesterol margerine but baking is butter only