Monday, May 25, 2009
Well Butter my Butt and Call me a...
Dear Tricia, Is all butter salted? Most don't say either way and a few say "unsalted." So if the package doesn't say, can I assume it is salted?
Most don't say either way? Are you shopping in a grocery store near Canada where half of the products are snootily written in French and you can't read the ingredients? (Sometimes that happens to me, but in Spanish and not so snooty.) Honestly, the butter package will say either way whether or not it is salted, but it may not say right on the front where it seems most obvious. If you're not sure, or if you need to go back to eyeball school, then just check out the ingredients. It will tell you there if the butter is salted because it will list "salt" in the ingredients, and apparently people like to sue you if you put stuff in your food and don't tell them.
For those who don't know the taste difference, when you're baking, you want to use unsalted butter because your baking recipe will usually call for additional salt. But for cooking, you're fine to use salted butter.
In the meantime, for fun and crafty things to do with your Land-o-Lakes butter package, check out Amy Sedaris' entertaining book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," for instruction on how to make a naughty naked Indian girl decoration to give as a gift to your loved ones.