Only have unsalted butter. How much salt (fine sea salt or kosher) would you add to compensate?

lisa
  • Posted by: lisa
  • March 21, 2021
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Food52-Community March 22, 2021
Hi Lisa! Thought you might be interested in this recent article: https://food52.com/blog/15584-can-you-swap-salted-and-unsalted-butter-in-baking#:~:text=The%20original%20recipe%20with%20unsalted,teaspoon%20to%20the%20salted%20version.

Annie, the author, mentions (very helpfully!) that the standard estimate is that salted butter contains 1/4 teaspoon of salt per 4 ounces of butter (1 stick). However, these salt levels can vary from brand to brand—something worth keeping in mind!
 
Happygoin March 21, 2021
I run into this same problem. It’s not often I see a pastry recipe using salted butter, but it does happen occasionally. I usually add 1/2 tsp of fine sea salt for each 1 1/2 cups of flour in the recipe. Good luck!
 
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