Butter is a staple in almost every professional kitchen, but whether you’re baking apple pies or stirring up roux for gumbo, unsalted butter is the way to go.
Unnecessary. Salt is constantly being debated in the health community. Why add more salt to your day than you already add while you cook?
Control Your Seasoning. Similar to using low-sodium store-bought stock, using unsalted butter allows you complete control over the seasoning in whatever you’re cooking. If you are seasoning as you cook (if you don’t, I’m wagging my finger at you), you have no need for the extra salt in salted butter.
Salted butter does have a place in the world. It’s perfect for those times you’re cozying up on the couch with a glass (or bottle) of wine and a few slices (or whole loaf) of warm, crusty baguette, salted butter is what you’ll want to spread on it. Alternatively, lightly sprinkle delicious finishing salts like pink Himalayan or flaky fleur de sel over unsalted butter for a flavor boost.
Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and is a firm believer that butter does truly make everything taste better. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.