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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 1/22/2011 12:16 AM EST
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i have never cared for the taste or seasoning of salt, i prefer to use spices to season, and  i have used unsalted butter for years

i do a lot of cooking and baking for my church functions and fund raisers,  and everyone always loves it
they ask for my recipes and sometimes they will tell me it didn't come out tasting the same...what is your secret?..i always tell them ...unsalted butter...it's the only difference in what they do and what i do

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 8:02 AM EST
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When I go to bake that all we put in the cookies and cakes we make.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 8:51 AM EST
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In Response to Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
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.  I was told a long time ago by a food service employee that the recipes are written for unsalted fats.  I find that some recipes if I slip and use salted butter, they taste a bit salty upon completion.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 9:21 AM EST
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adding points on good info

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 9:23 AM EST
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I always use unsalted butter in my baking recipes. I've been told it's better as an ingredient, but not sure it makes a difference in taste.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 12:32 PM EST
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i have use unsalted butter in much of my baking, and also in my candy making, such as my truffles it does not effect the taste, or anything else i cook or bake.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 1:34 PM EST
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I purchase a pound of each when it is on sale.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 2:34 PM EST
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In Response to Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
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


Baked goods taste better with unsalted butter.  The cookies are softer and more creamy.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 3:06 PM EST
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In Response to Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking : 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.
Posted by nikki p


I am a RN, who loves to bake, and espically for specific dietary restrictions. Unsalted butter makes absolutely no difference in baking. I use it for ALL my bakingneeds. I do not particularly like the taste of it to butter a piece of toast, but again it makes no difference in baking. Just make sure to read your nutrition labesl on everything! Look at the serving size first, because everything below serving size reflects on that. Then look for Sodium. Typically your daily intake of Sodium should be less than 2000 mg. Using frozen vegatables instead of canned helps reduce your salt, along with all the good seasonings that are out there like Mrs.Dash. Have Fun!!! Also if a recipe callsfroo salt, I either leave it out, or put just a small portion of what is called for. I have never found it makes a difference leaving the salt out.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 3:08 PM EST
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In Response to Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
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 mostly use unsalted butter and haven't noticed any diffrence in my cookies, or anything for that matter.  I also try to eliminate as much salt as possible so I figure every little bit helps.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 3:08 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 mostly use unsalted butter and haven't noticed any diffrence in my cookies, or anything for that matter.  I also try to eliminate as much salt as possible so I figure every little bit helps.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 3:11 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
In Response to Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking : 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.
Posted by nikki p


I ONLY buy unsalted butter and I NEVER add salt to any baked goods.  I'm considered a very good baker and I don't think anyone even knows (or cares) about the lack of salt.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 8:33 PM EST
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I believe the reason professional bakers use unsalted butter is that companies who make butter dont use the same amount of salt in there recipes so it is easier to add your own salt then to guess how much salt the company has added

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/22/2011 10:14 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
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?
Posted by nikki p


The recipe that my Mom brought home from Nanaimo wasn't much different than the "magic bar" recipe.  Can't locate the recipe that she brought with her because her cookbook disappeared after she passed away.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/23/2011 11:49 AM EST
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I have been cooking with unsalted butter for a long time now.  I dont have a medical reason, just figure that if it needs salt, I want to be the one to add it.  When you bake, more of the time they are telling you to use unsalted butter.  Thats because you will be adding salt to the recipe.  For that very reason, I always use unsalted butter when I bake, or just for cooking.  In my oppinion, I think you will realize that using less salt isnt so bad.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/23/2011 2:15 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking:
In Response to Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking : The recipe that my Mom brought home from Nanaimo wasn't much different than the "magic bar" recipe.  Can't locate the recipe that she brought with her because her cookbook disappeared after she passed away.
Posted by Mary K. D


I bet the fact that her cookbook disappeared is a heart break.  The recipes that are gone and difficult to replace.  I have said here often that it is important to write down recipes now I am thinking that extra copies of family favorites have to be made.  When my parents passed away I was very young and at that time had no need for the recipes I miss my Dad's Beef Barley soup, his pasta sauce is one that I will never figure out, his coleslaw was outstanding and now gone, Mom's coffee cake, her way to make stuffing and several other recipes are lost.
Write them down! Make copies and give the copies to family members so they can be tracked down again if necessary.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/23/2011 6:42 PM EST
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The reason u use unsalted butter in baking is so that you control the salt in your recipe. since baking is more of a science than regular cooking, the smallest change can alter your recipe. When I bake, I only use unsalted butter unless the recipe states salted or margarine. 

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/24/2011 12:10 PM EST
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I have used unsalted butter in numerous cookie and casserole recipes and have never had a problem.  Hope this helps!  JB

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/25/2011 12:44 AM EST
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I have always used unsalted butter as did my mom and my grandmother. We have not complaints from anyone about out creations. Usually, have someone asking for recipes.

Re: Unsalted vx Salted Butter in Baking

posted at 1/25/2011 8:31 AM EST
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In the past I have used salted butter and no different really.  I just started buying unsalted butter (I am starting my own cake business) & really, I see no different.  They say (cake specialists) to use unsalted butter because of the salt needed to add for desserts.  If I accidentally buy salted butter, I think it wouldn't be any different in taste.  If you are really unsure what to do & using salted butter, just cut down a pinch on salt in your desserts.  Kiss
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