5 Kitchen Tip: Salted vs. Unsalted Butter

I have enjoyed using butter in my recipes and always have it on hand.

I keep salted butter for buttering bread, veggies, etc, but most of my recipes call for unsalted butter, which I keep in the freezer.

I was making my Lemon Bundt cake, which calls for butter, which means salted butter and UNsalted was all I could find!

What to do?  How much salt do I add?

Butter comes two ways: salted and unsalted.

Salted Butter

Salt is added to butter for flavor and as a preservative so it will have a longer shelf life.  The amount of salt added to salted butter varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so it's hard to know how much extra salt you're adding to a recipe. Using unsalted butter allows you to control the amount of salt in a recipe.

If you have no choice but to use salted butter in a recipe, the rule of thumb is to omit about 1/4 teaspoon salt per 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter.

Unsalted Butter

Unsalted butter has a short shelf life because it contains no preservatives. If you buy unsalted butter and do not use it right away, it is best to freeze it. If properly wrapped so it won't pick up any odors, butter can be frozen for around six months. Just remember to defrost the butter overnight in the refrigerator before using it. If a recipe calls for salted butter and all you have is unsalted, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter.

Happy Baking!

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