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I am making Toll House cookies today and I have one cube of salted butter and one cube of unsalted butter.  Will the taste change because of the unsalted butter and do I need to add more salt to
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Toll House cookies and unsalted butter

posted at 10/11/2013 12:02 PM EDT
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I am making Toll House cookies today and I have one cube of salted butter and one cube of unsalted butter.  Will the taste change because of the unsalted butter and do I need to add more salt to the recipe?

Thank you for your help
Dawn

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posted at 10/11/2013 12:19 PM EDT
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Hi Dawn -- welcome to VBB.  When baking I used nothing except unsalted butter.  Just about every recipe calls for a certain amount of salt so I don't add more with butter.

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posted at 10/11/2013 1:23 PM EDT
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Hi Dawn and welcome.  I echo Nancy's response.  I use only unsalted butter.  We get too much salt in our diets as it is.  The cookies will turn out fine without the added salt contained in the butter.

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posted at 10/11/2013 1:43 PM EDT
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I think Nancy meant to say "salt" instead of "butter" in this sentence:
   
about every recipe calls for a certain amount of butter

Interesting topic. I never thought to cut back on salt by using unsalted butter in my baking. But if Nancy says her cookies turn out with unsalted butter, then that's what I'll be trying from now on.

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posted at 10/11/2013 2:59 PM EDT
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Yikes -- thanks for seeing that, Verlee.   I corrected it.  
Thanks goodness it's easy to make a correction - just as easy as it is to remove a post when it prints two or three times.
For many years I bought only salted butter ........ Then I read somewhere that unsalted should be the one used in cooking.  Now unsalted is the only one I buy.   It's the way you KNOW how much salt is in something you're making.

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posted at 10/11/2013 3:02 PM EDT
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I agree with only using unsalted butter.  Most baking recipes should have salt listed as an ingredient and since different butter manufacturers use differing amounts of salt in their salted butter, unsalted butter is the best option.

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posted at 10/11/2013 4:26 PM EDT
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Hi Wendy -- welcome you to VBB.  Some of us post our favorite recipes -- especially cookies and candy.  Do you have any recipes to share? 
I love cookies best of all, but right now I'm having a candy 'event' Tongue out
I can't wait until the humidity goes down so I can make divinity.

Re: Toll House cookies and unsalted butter

posted at 10/11/2013 4:49 PM EDT
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Hi Dawn,  I normally use unsalted butter for most of my baking, but actually you can use either.  It won't change the way the cookies come out.  As was said earlier, we don't need the extra salt, so that is why most of us use the unsalted butter.  It is a matter of giving you more control.   However, if you only have the regular or "salted" butter in the house go ahead and use it.  Whoever eats the cookies will enjoy them anyway!!!!

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posted at 10/11/2013 5:52 PM EDT
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Barbara -- great answer.

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posted at 10/11/2013 6:40 PM EDT
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I buy butter when it is on sale.  Sometimes unsalted butter is not included in the sale or is unavailable so I get salted.  I do prefer unsalted but almost anything to safe a few $$ 
I will often reduce the salt called for in a recipe if I am using salted butter. 
Interesting the salt was/is added to the butter as a preservative. I am pretty sure this is why unsalted butter is almost always packaged in foil wrapped sticks rather than parchment/waxed paper.

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posted at 10/13/2013 1:31 AM EDT
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Thank you Ladies for your very helpful posts.  The cookies turned out great and no difference in the taste.  I will now use unsalted butter in my baking thanks to you all.

Have a great day!

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posted at 10/13/2013 7:23 AM EDT
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 the great recipe.

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posted at 10/13/2013 7:23 AM EDT
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 it was a great recipe to make.

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posted at 10/13/2013 8:55 AM EDT
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Dawn - we're glad to have you on this board and so glad your cookies turned out so good.

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