Salted vs. Unsalted Butter

July 6, 2005

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.


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What is the difference between salted or unsalted butter? Salted butter is for putting on a warm bagel, muffin, potatoes etc. Unsalted butter is used for baking. If you use salted butter for baking, use no salt!

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November 23, 2009

What chemical elements are present in unsalted butter?

By Indy from Nashville, TN


November 23, 20090 found this helpful

I use unsalted butter for baking cakes, cookies, etc. The ingredients listed on the package are:

Cream, natural flavorings, contains: Milk

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Unless you use organic butter made from milk with no hormones as well as not coming from cows that consumed feed with pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, it is possible your butter has some or all of these in it. These are harmful chemicals to all people.

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

Hope this link helps. Since butter is a natural product this is most likely 'the flavoring' and nothing beyond it added and even it is a natural bi-product.

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Why do so many recipes call for unsalted butter then add butter into the recipe or batter. I can usually find salted butter much cheaper than unsalted?

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

Often there is already an ingredient in the recipe that contains salt, and they don't want more salt into it. I always use unsalted butter. Our stores carry it right beside the salted, and at the same price.

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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

If you have salted butter, it may make the dish too salty. I prefer unsalted butter myself.

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February 17, 2015

What is the difference between and also the difference when using in a recipe, between kosher salt, sea salt, regular "house" salt, and there is another kind referred to I just can't recall. Also what is the difference in using regular butter and unsalted butter in a recipe. The recipes for unsalted usually also call for salt to be added. Just wondering.



February 18, 20150 found this helpful

Salted butter is simply regular butter (churned cream) with salt added. Recipes will often say to use salted butter, or tell you how much salt to add if you're using unsalted butter.

Salts are different in their coarseness and origin, as well as mineral content.

Table salt is refined salt, sort of like refined sugar. It's been cleaned and crystallized into same-size crystals. Iodized salt is table salt with iodine added. Iodine was first added to table salt to prevent a condition called goiter. It was found that most people use table salt, so adding iodine to it insured most people would get enough to avoid goiter, though it is still only a very small supplemental amount.

"Kosher" salt is made in larger pieces. It may or may not be actually Kosher. Pretzel salt is large crystals of salt.

Sea salt has minerals from the ocean still in it. It may come in large crystals, ground fine, or in flakes. It may come in different colors and flavors.

Mineral salt (Also called Real Salt) has the highest amount of natural minerals still in it.

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