"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Discuss Cooking Community Forums > New Member Introductions!
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-08-2007, 03:15 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1
Salted vs unsalted butter

Found this location today be asking Google what is the difference in the end product (shortbread cookies in this instance) in the butter used--salted vs. unsalted?

While I'm here, any advice on when to choose dark brown sugar over light brown sugar in cooking would be of interest, too.

Looking forward to quick replies.... Bonnie Rae


Bonnie Rae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2007, 05:01 PM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
Andy M.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 46,079
Hi, Bonnie Rae. Welcome to DC.

My opinion is that 99 times out of 100, salted vs. unsalted doesn't matter. If the recipe specifies unsalted butter, use that. If the recipe also calls for salt, you could use salted butter and reduce the salt in the recipe.

Generally, when recipes call for brown sugar, I'd use light brown unless the recipe specified dark.

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
Head Chef
BigDog's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Farmington, Minnesota
Posts: 1,007
Send a message via MSN to BigDog Send a message via Yahoo to BigDog
I have found a difference in salted/unsalted butter. My wife is rather sensitive to salt (or any seasoning for that matter) so I tend to use unsalted most of the time. Also, I use unsalted in (what little) baking (I do). I don't know the measurements, but logic says if there is salt already in another ingredient and the recipe calls for salt, it will be more salty/too salty unless the author of the recipe accommodated for the "extra" salt.

Like I said though, I don't know what the exact measurements are - they may be small enough for the general populous to not notice a difference, I don't know.
Integrity & Honesty
have been sacrificed on the combined altars of Control, Political Correctness, and Convenience
BigDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2007, 07:14 PM   #4
Senior Cook
eatsOats's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: OR/CA Border
Posts: 106
My roommate makes choc. chip cookies with salted butter and they always turn out salty, but in a good way, IMO. I can see some people not liking them that salty.
eatsOats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 03:01 AM   #5
Executive Chef
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 3,270
Welcome to DC!
Too many restaurants, not enough time...
Bilby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 05:24 AM   #6
Chef Extraordinaire
suziquzie's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 11,488
Send a message via AIM to suziquzie
I always just use salted. Nobody in my house would ever notice anything as being too salty! Sometimes when I use unsalted things taste a little bland, or at least like they are missing something.
Same as Andy on the sugar, I use light unless something calls for dark.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
suziquzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 06:55 AM   #7
Head Chef
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Boston area
Posts: 2,488
I use salted butter and dark brown sugar in everything, unless the recipe says "IMPORTANT! DO NOT SUBSTITUTE", in which case, I probably won't make the thing at all.

I agree with suzi: non-salted butter seems flat and less flavorful to me.

And I just love the flavor of dark brown sugar. More molasses in there, I think.


QSis is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.