If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?



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Question by Jess: If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?
sweet cream butter- salted?
sweet cream butter- unsalted?
butter-salted?
butter- unsalted?

what are you supposed to use?

I want to make a pumpkin pie…. but all the recipe says is “butter”

Best answer:

Answer by Melisa
for this particular pie I’d go for the sweet cream unsalted

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14 Responses to If a recipe calls for butter, with no specifics, in baking or cooking- what kind of butter should be used?

  1. Swampmoth says:

    Unsalted butter

  2. jimmy d. says:

    Simple rule: Sweet dishes – unsalted
    Savory ” – salted

  3. Bozema says:

    Sweet cream butter salted. They usually specify unsalted.

  4. Kelly says:

    I would say the most understood answer for any recipe would be stick butter salted.
    Hope your recipe turns out great!

  5. knidvermicious81 says:

    Sweet cream salted butter makes wonderful pie crust.

  6. michele s says:

    unsalted for sweet dishes and salted for savoury

  7. mr danger says:

    Unless specified butter is ALWAYS unsalted and eggs are ALWAYS large

  8. nm chick says:

    unsalted butter

  9. Shashee says:

    Whatever is in your fridge would work fine. Margarine or butter.

    I always use salted no matter what the recipe!

  10. rascal0718 says:

    For dessert recipes, always use unsalted butter. And if you only have salted butter, then you’ll need to adjust the salt that the recipe calls for. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of salt in addition to the other ingredients, and you use salted butter, I’d leave out the salt.

  11. Jeff H says:

    It’s always better to use unsalted butter in cooking. Not only can you control the amount of salt you’re using better, unsalted butter is supposed to be fresher since salt is a preservative.

  12. Lejua says:

    I just go with whatever I have in the fridge. I ussually stock up on sweet cream, salted and unsalted. I find that it doesn’t make much of a difference.

  13. Merriam says:

    sweet cream butter? i’ve never seen that…
    just use regular unsalted butter, im convinced that you shouldn’t use margarine because a) its bad for you (all the trans fats) and b) it gives you a different texture

  14. Author13 says:

    any but butter… its better to use sweet cream butter ( salted )
    because much tasty than unsalted butter..

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