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Nov 22, 2006 02:43 PM

Butter Question

My recipe calls for salted and I only have unsalted. I assume I can just add salt, but how much?

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  1. If for a baked item, I'd add salt quite sparingly - only if you really think you must. Otherwise, for anything else, just salt to taste. Unsalted butter tends to have a nicer flavour, so that's why it's recommended for cooking.

    1. 1/2 tsp for four ounces is pretty standard.

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      1. re: tarconi

        I've always figured 1 tsp. per pound, but I couldn't tell you where I got that idea. And of course iodized table salt is saltier per volume than kosher or (flaky) sea salt - in restaurants we always use kosher salt, so maybe 1 tsp. kosher or 1/2 tsp iodized per pound.

      2. curious recipe that calls for salted butter. restaurant kitchens and pastry chefs only ever use unsalted butter.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I know. It is for a corn/souffle pudding. I have never seen it before either.

        2. I use both salted and unsalted butter at work(baker/pastry) but the little bit of salt that is added usually doesn't affect the recipe. I would add 1/2 of the recipes recommended salt and taste it. if you feel that you need more, go ahead and add it.

          The little bit of salt added to butter is there as a preservative and not a flavoring.