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If a recipe doesn't specify, would I use salted or unsalted butter for baking?

asked by sugar mama almost 5 years ago

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A9f88177 5a41 4b63 8669 9e72eb277c1a  waffle3
added almost 5 years ago


Normally unsalted is what's used because it gives a cook better control over how much salt goes into the mix (different brands have varying amounts of salt added) but it does really depend upon who wrote the recipe and when. Carefully written recipes, at least modern ones, specify "salted" or "unsalted" to avoid confusion just like they'll specifically call for kosher or table salt. One possible exception is in a cookbook where you'll sometimes find a list of general rules such as "unless noted, all butter is of the unsalted variety".

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added almost 5 years ago

Unsalted. You can always add salt. It is impossible to remove.

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added almost 5 years ago

For what its worth, unless you are super sensitive to salt, I think it is fine to use salted butter in your baking. I always use it -- it keeps longer in my fridge, I always have it around, and I like most of my sweets to have a little more salt for balance.

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added almost 5 years ago

I always use salted butter when baking and have never have had an issue. However, if the recipe calls for salt then I usually just throw a pinch or a dash in rather then the entire amount.

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8a2c197a eaf6 414d 8be8 e1212df9ad42  nasturtiums
added almost 5 years ago

I always use unsalted. Most baking recipes call for it. I think it has a better flavor than salted butter.

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