Can anyone tell me about unsalted butter

By smiley02 Latest Reply 2011-07-18 20:06:41 -0500
Started 2010-12-08 14:11:49 -0600

I am new on here, trying to learn new recipes. I see in my diabetic cookbooks and recipes, they use unsalted butter. Does it really make that much difference than regular butter? Is it for the salt content? Please help! thank you!

11 replies

Dixiemom 2011-07-18 20:06:41 -0500 Report

I grew up on unsalted sweet butter. Over the years we didn't use it all thatr much preferring margarine. but the last few years I us3e it for baki ng and cooking. If I fry anything I use olive oil and sweet butter in non-stick pan.

bizzach 2010-12-10 09:48:42 -0600 Report

Unsalted butter is also used in baking sweets instead of crisco and is heathier also use splenda which is cup for cup like sugar.

GabbyPA 2010-12-09 18:55:16 -0600 Report

It is a great way to keep the sodium low. If you use salted butter in recipes, then don't add salt to the recipe on top of that. Then if anyone wants more, they can add it at the table.

chopi 2010-12-09 12:07:32 -0600 Report

My wife only uses unsalted butter for cooking and every thing else. We can't tell the difference in taste at all.

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squog master 2010-12-08 23:18:03 -0600 Report

I find, as a ingredient, there is no difference in the taste of the food. I started using unsalted butter when I was first diagnosed with hypertension. If you're putting the butter directly on say toast then there's a difference. But I got use to it.

Harlen 2010-12-08 17:50:03 -0600 Report

it dose matter if you have salt restrictions if you dont it dont lol
Best wishes

smiley02 2010-12-08 20:46:32 -0600 Report

thanks Harlen, they haven;t put that one on me yet. I was using salt substitutes but they told me to stop with one of my meds. They told me to get off them. thank you everyone for the help. When you are new its hard to know what to do. :)

Harlen 2010-12-09 08:34:26 -0600 Report

Any time we have all ben there lol
Theres a lot of info here and lots of good frends
Best wishes

CaliKo 2010-12-08 14:49:09 -0600 Report

Salted butter typically has between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt per stick, or 1/2 cup of butter. This is a throw back to the time when butter was salted as a preservative. Diabetics often have salt restrictions or concerns, so it's common to have recipes using unsalted butter. One can always add salt to taste if sodium is not an issue. There's no cooking difference in my opinion, just a taste difference. Hope that helps.