Using Salt and Butter When Cooking?

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.



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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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