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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the
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Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 12/27/2010 10:18 AM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?

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posted at 12/27/2010 10:52 AM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?
Posted by Louise K


I think the amount of salt in butter is miniscule. I am sure it is there more for preservation than flavor.
More salt in some breakfast cereal than a pat of butter. And if you take the amount of butter used in a recipe and divide it between all the cookies, 2 to 3 dozen there is not much butter in each one.

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posted at 12/27/2010 10:57 AM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?
Posted by Louise K


Not sure what happened to the response I wrote out on this just a moment ago, but I forgot to answer the other question... does it change the taste of the cookie.   Many bakers like using unsalted butter because it is easier to control the amount of salt in the recipe as well as being sure the butter is fresh.
I do not notice a difference in the taste.  I would hazard a guess that unless your palate is very sensitive most people will not notice a difference.

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posted at 12/27/2010 11:46 AM EST
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Hi Louise,You are better off using unsalted butter it is fresher than salted,the salt prserves the butter longer which means salted is older.Butter if kept in the fridge is good for one month passed the sell by date and can be kept in your freezer for  6-9 months, put in freezer bags.In cooking and baking it doesn't matter if it is salted or unsalted there will be no difference in the finished product.Here is a little info that may be useful at a later date.   http://www.stilltasty.com/ this is a shelf life guide.Good luck and happy baking.

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posted at 12/27/2010 1:45 PM EST
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I too have learned to cook with out salt for health reasons. I really can't tell the difference.

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posted at 12/27/2010 1:52 PM EST
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Louise, I recently chatted with someone here on the site (the live chat) about using unsalted butter.    She said that it would make no difference in the cookies....I have used both salted and unsalted and it does not make a difference.  Unsalted butter has less water in it than the salted variety.  I keep all my butter in the freezer until I am ready to use it.  That is mostly because I buy the 4 pounds at a time at Costco packaging.  Most pastry chefs use unsalted butter in baking....just watch the Food Channel for a while and you will see that in almost every thing they make they use unsalted butter.  They also stress that using unsalted butter lets you control the amount of salt!!  Hope this helps.

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posted at 1/1/2011 11:09 PM EST
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It does not change the taste of Toll House Cookies.

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posted at 1/5/2011 5:22 AM EST
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I learned from a chef that unsalted butter should always be used in a recipe.  That way you have control of the salt used and actually get a purer flavor in your baking.

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posted at 1/17/2011 8:35 AM EST
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I usually use salted butter unless the recipe specifically calls tor unsalted butter.

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posted at 1/20/2011 7:03 PM EST
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When I bake I ONLY use unsalted butter.  It doesn't affect the recipe.  If salt is needed it is listed in the required ingredients.

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posted at 1/20/2011 8:22 PM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?
Posted by Louise K

there is not a whole lot of difference u might have to decrease the salt in the recipe if it calls for salt since the butter has salt in, i do know in some recipes that when it calls for unsalted butter that is better to use what is called for i think it might effect the leavening in it but doesnt really affect the taste either way. since i have to cut back on salt i use a lot of unsalted butter in my baking

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posted at 1/20/2011 9:08 PM EST
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What a great question, eliminating an Olive from your Martini would save you as much or more SALT as using unsalted butter. 
The salt is preserving the butter, that is why it is less expensive.  It doesn't have such a fragile shelf life when the Salt protects it.  Salt slows down leavening in products that you want to rise slower.   I couldn't bake worth a hoot and attended my local College for an entire year to find out why I would mess up once in a while.  It is all Chemistry, so when you leave out a bit of salt there may not be a flavour change, but you might find a bread failure and some bland bread as a result.  The REAL TRUTH is we all need some salt, just make it the best you can find...filled with good heathy minerals. We need Iodine and Zinc, otherwise our poor Thyroids will underperform.
Lowering your Salt intake usually means...Do NOT ADD extra salt.  Use high quality Kosher Salt or pack up some nice Seaweed for lunch.
Think about it, you are swallowing butter, sugar and flour and you are worried about a bit of salt????  Enjoy Life and worry less.
Patti in Nanaimo      Yes, home of the Nanaimo Bar

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posted at 1/20/2011 9:08 PM EST
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I always use unsalted butter in all of my recipes and I have not noticed any difference in taste.  If the recipe asks for salt, I will put it in.

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posted at 1/20/2011 9:23 PM EST
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It would not chnge the flavor of the cookie.  Most chefs use unsalted butter.

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posted at 1/20/2011 10:10 PM EST
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I use unsalted butter all of the time.  It has never changed the taste of anything I made, even if the recipe called for saled butter.

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posted at 1/21/2011 7:12 AM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?
Posted by Louise K


I just now saw your post -so you may already have the answer you need.  But just to respond:  I always use Unsalted Butter in my baking.  This way you can control the salt in the recipe -if you don't have a health problem, you can always add salt, but you can't take it out.  Also just about every recipe calls for some salt, so you won't miss not having Salted Butter.  Try it (If you haven't already).  I am sure that you will be pleased with the result.Smile

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posted at 1/21/2011 8:11 AM EST
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I have been told to eliminate salt as much as I can.  I recently bought unsalted butter but have never used it in baking the Toll House Cookies.  Has anyone done this and does it change the taste of the cookie?
Posted by Louise K


I always use unsalted butter in my recipes, it is good way to control the salt in your recipe.  Most recipes ask that you add a teaspoon of salt or so in your recipe anyway, why use salted butter to add more than the recipe calls for?  I have a friend who is a pastry chef and he always recommends unsalted butter for all cooking, not just baking.  Hope this helps.

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posted at 1/21/2011 8:37 AM EST
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Patti G. from Nanaimo, is there a "Real" official recipe for the Nanaimo Bar?  I have seen several and they vary.  If you have an Official recipe could you post it.  Also are they as good as I imagine?

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posted at 1/21/2011 8:38 AM EST
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I always use unsalted butter especially if recipes have salt and or baking soda or baking powder as ingredients.  When you get used to not eating as much salt and then use salted butter in recipes sometimes your baked item may taste salty to you but not necessarily to someone who does not restrict salt in their diet. Whenever you used unsalted butter, I believe your baked goods will be just as good.

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posted at 1/21/2011 8:50 AM EST
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I too, have switched to ubsalted butter for baking, etc.  There is  no difference in the taste and you are in total control of your recipe
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