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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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Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 8:56 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 use unsalted butter in my baking and I like to use it, and no it doesn't change the taste if it does not that much. Hope this helps

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 9:50 AM EST
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In a recipe with lots of ingredients you won't notice a difference.  I make a Scotchcake at Christmas with only 3 ingredients and have made them with salted and unsalted butter.  The salted wins hands down!  But I also make a cake with raspberry buttercream frosting that calls for butter, so I assume regular salted butter.  Next time I'll use unsalted.
Sooo it depends on the recipe and the number if ingredients.

Debbe

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 9:53 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 used to use salted butter and I can honestly say, I tasted the salt in the cookies.  Now that I'm not using the salted butter, as I also added the required salt to the recipe, I think the cookies taste so much better!  I've always liked salt but as I've learned more about the affects of salt, I realized that you don't need salted butter and then adding salt - what was I thinking???

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 10:36 AM EST
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I've never bought a pkg of unsalted butter in my life ....... you all have convinced me - next time I buy butter it will be unsalted.
(I probably have 5 to7 lb of salted butter in my freezer)

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 10:47 AM EST
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I use unsalted butter all the time and I do not taste a difference.

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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

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 11:35 AM EST
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I never bought unsalted butter before but I have cut down on my salt intake a lot for the past 10 years. I just read an article on the internet about that everybody should cut down on salt intake, but people should make sure they have enough potassium in their diets. Salt does contain potassium although. In the article that I read, it stated if a person does not get enough potassium in their diet they could be at risk for high blood pressure. Everybody should find food that contain potassium such as bananas.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 11:57 AM EST
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 Hi everybody, I have never bought unsalted butter before, but I will consider buying unsalted butter for the future. I have been cutting my salt intake a lot for the past 10 years, although. I did read an article recently, on the internet about how people should cut down on salt intake, but they need to make sure they have enough potassium in their diet. Also, in the article did it state, if you don't have enough potassium in your diet that people could be at risk for high blood pressure. Your body need potassium stables your blood pressure. So everyone should find food that contain potassium such as, bananas in their diet.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 12:01 PM EST
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I try to use unsalted butter whenever I can.  I haven't noticed a change.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 12:31 PM EST
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As long as your recipe calls for salt then use the unsalted butter.  If the recipe does not call for added salt then I would use the salted butter.  95% of my baking is done with unsalted butter and it does not affect the taste what so ever.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 1:20 PM EST
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I only use unsalted butter and have never had any complaints about my cakes, cookies, bread, or fudge.  It doesn't affect the flavor or texture as far as I can tell.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 1:49 PM EST
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I use butter flavored crisco for chocolate chip cookies.  I always use salted butter in a recipe unless it specifically calls for unsalted.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 1:57 PM EST
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I have always used unsalted butter in baking and everything else unless the recipe calls for salted butter.  I've never had a problem.  No one has ever turned down my efforts.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 5:22 PM EST
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Always use unsalted butter unless a recipe specifically calls for salted!!!! 

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 5:48 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


I only use unsalted butter in all of my cookie recipes -  I do not add salt when a recipe calls for it either .  and people actually PAY me to make cookies -  so hope that answers your question .. 

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 5:51 PM EST
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Hi Louis, I admire your effort. Way to go! So from a chef(which I am, and my daughter the pastry chef) everyone here is right. It really isn't much salt when dispersed among the batch BUT you are looking beyond the cookie to the conglomerate of sodium intake throughout all meals, total for a day. So you are correct to look at this as you are! It is also correct that all good chefs almost always use unsalted butter(an exception would be for maitre D' butters and some sauces) pastry chefs always use unsalted butter to control precisely the amounts of salt in the final product.(Often we are required to calculate it as well, irrational amounts of something make that difficult to do accurately and that's another subject) Most Importantly!!! If you want to REALLY control and reduce your total sodium intake and see large and fast results?.... Completely eliminate the use of any prepackaged or convenience prepped foods. Even shreded carrots in a bag often have been tossed with a sodium based preservative. Shredded cheese, read the label. Just take the time to enjoy the soothing release that can be found in preparing each aspect of your meal and then basquing in the pleasure of the result. Start simply and explore your tastes. You'll find when you get all that salt out of the way, the flavor of the food will entice your senses. BUT HEY! DON"T GO TOO FAR! Your body needs some salt, and Iodized salt is about the only way to get the necessary amounts of iodine the body and brain need to function. So plant a garden any way you can and buy local produce and food stuffs as much as you can and take back control of your health from the corporate food nazis.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 6:57 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


I use unsalted butter in all my baking.  It does not change the flavor of anything.  Salt is added to give the butter flavor for eating only.  I've eaten unsalted butter and it's terrible but baking with it is great.  Use it exactly like salted butter in a recipe.  It's the best!

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 7:49 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

I use unsalted butter in all of my cookie recipes. I think it makes the BEST cookies.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 8:23 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
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I have been using unsalted butter for several years in baking as well as on the table.  It's the only butter in our home and I think it only improves the flavor of things.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 8:48 PM EST
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 This is all I buy it will make bake goods have to much salt in them. Salted butter is only good on toast in our house or bread . Otherwise we only use unsalted for cooking with to cut back on our sodium intake it helps alot. Now we are cutting back on saturated fats so butter is now used very little in our home.  I hope this helps. If you like salty foods you will miss the taste if not it should be OK.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/21/2011 9:38 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


I have always used unsalted butter b/c it is better for you....less salt...and nobody can tell a difference!!  We love it!!  Just one more way to help stay healthy!!  Good luck!
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