Which Butter Is Better: Salted Or Unsalted?
In recent years, there have been huge changes in the butter that you find in your local grocery store. Ingredients have become more health conscience as people are more aware of what is going into their food. Now that there are more choices than ever in the butter aisle, the question comes down to salted or unsalted?
How it affects your cooking
The levels of sodium found in salted butter varies from one company to the next. Be sure to read over the ingredients, since the sodium content will be listed on the label. Since some recipes call for specifically for salted or unsalted butter, the taste of your food can be affected. However, for those that need to cut sodium out of their diet or to reduce it as much as possible for health reasons, unsalted butter might be the best option for you.
A good tip to use while cooking to manage your salt intake is for every 1/2 cup of salted butter you use, decrease the salt added by 1/4 teaspoon. Some recipes, especially when baking, often asks you to use unsalted butter since the added salt can ruin your dish. With unsalted butter, you have a little more control over what is going into your mix.
Considering that salt has been used as a preservative for food for centuries, it is not surprising that salted butter will last longer. You can store this type of butter in the fridge or on the counter and though the consistency will change, the butter itself will last just as long. Unsalted butter is like taking butter from the churn without adding anything to it. It will not last as long, so it's a good idea to buy it as you need it. Use it or cook with it as quickly as possible as the shelf life can be quite a drastic difference compared to butter that is salted.
This, of course, will always be a matter of opinion for everyone. The first time you try unsalted butter you might not like it. The taste is definitely different without the salt and, since it parishes sooner, you will definitely be able to taste it when it goes bad. Anyone that has tried transitioning from salted to unsalted butter will attest to the fact that the taste takes some getting used to. Once your taste buds adapt, salted butter may actually taste too rich. It may seem like a sacrifice at first, but your health will improve along the way by using healthier products in your cooking.
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