Salted vs unsalted butter: When it comes to baking, what’s the best? Does it really make a big difference which you use? Here’s what we have to say!


READER QUESTION: I almost always use salted butter instead of unsalted when I bake, and then I cut down on the salt used in the recipe. I’m usually happy with how things turn out, but I’m wondering — is there a good reason for me to switch to the unsalted?

Thank you for such a great question! I know a lot of folks get confused when choosing butter for a recipe. Many recipes call for unsalted but lately, I’m seeing more and more recipes using salted butter and … well, how to decide?!

The simple answer is I do think unsalted is typically the best choice, and here’s why:

  1. It’s true that more recipes…

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