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Should I use salted or unsalted butter if the recipe doesn't specify?

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aargersi
aargersi

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added almost 8 years ago

Unsalted for sure! You can always add salt, can't take it back out though ...

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nutcakes
added almost 8 years ago

Unsalted for Baking, otherwise I usually use salted because that's what I have more often.

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Jon Palmer
added almost 8 years ago

I don't remember the last time I bought salted butter. I use unsalted for everything so that I have control over the salt content.

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drbabs
drbabs

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added almost 8 years ago

unsalted.

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cheater chef
added almost 8 years ago

Use what you have around.

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mrslarkin
added almost 8 years ago

unsalted, if you have it on hand.

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Soozll
added almost 8 years ago

You can use either in baking. Lately, I'm finding I like baking with salted butter better. It only adds a negledgeble amount of salt. Recipes from older cookbooks where the type of butter isn't specified or they give you a choice of butter or margarine, used salted butter because margarine has salt, so the recipe has taken the salt in it into consideration.

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phyllis
added almost 8 years ago

Sweet (unsalted) always unless recipe specifically asks for salted. You can always add salt.

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lallimusic
added almost 8 years ago

You should use unsalted, but If you only have salted, subtract 1/4 tsp salt from the recipe or it will be too salty

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