Salted Butter
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Almost all categories of butter are sold in both Salted and Unsalted forms. Salt, (granular salt or a strong brine) flavorings and preservatives are sometimes added to butter to extend its shelf life, and/or to convert unsalted butter, past its prime, to a saleable, salted item.


Originally, Butter was salted to aid in preservation. Salted Butter can last a month, or more, while unsalted Butter lasts a few weeks. Frozen, both are good for at least six months.

Culinary Uses

Salted Butter reduces a chefs control in baking and adds to his/her work in clarification as salted butter has more impurities to clarify out. Salted butter also provides less butter fat (ounce for ounce than unsalted butter) and so less "buttery flavor."

Managing the salt, especially in baking where delicate flavors like vanilla, citrus, florals or herbs can be masked by salt, is important. A stick of salted butter could add as much as 1/2 teaspoon of salt to your recipe, which could be huge.

Even if the recipe calls for salt to be added later in the process "to taste" remember it is easier to add more salt than to try to fix an over salted dish. Sometimes it is worth it to have the added control.

Some dishes or baked goods can handle the extra salt. Chocolate Chip Cookies, and peanut or molasses goodies are fine examples. Ultimately, use whichever type of butter you like but be aware of the trade-offs in taste and health.


Unsalted Butter

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 717
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 81g
Saturated Fat 51g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 215mg
Sodium 643mg
Potassium 24mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The amount of salt in salted butter varies by brand, but generally ranges from 1/4 teaspoon per stick to 1/2 teaspoon. Salted Butter can be up to 2.5% salt by weight.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie