Unsalted butter is a staple ingredient when you’re making cake, flaky pie crusts, delicious croissants, cookies, and even just a buttered toast.I don’t know about you, but I use butter on daily basis. Whether it’s for a simple buttered toast or making a juicy steak, I add unsalted butter to almost any dish I cook or bake. Because I use butter almost every day, I seem to be always running out of it, just when I was about to make a batch of brownies or chocolate cake. So, sometimes I just need to work with what I have. And to make your life easier when you’re in a tough spot, here are the best, unsalted butter substitutes that you may already have in your kitchen. Substitutes for unsalted butter are
- Coconut Oil
- Salted Butter
- Vegetable Shortening
- Vegetable Oil
- Unsweetened Applesauce
Substitutes For Unsalted Butter
Coconut OilCoconut oil is a natural oil that’s made from the insides of the coconut, aka coconut meat. Coconut oil is considered to be a healthy type of oil, used in vegan diets, keto diets, and overall, healthy lifestyles. This is definitively a healthier option for unsalted butter. Coconut is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids(good fats), which are great for people with bad cholesterol. This oil is pretty heat resistant, making it suitable when you’re cooking at high heat, in fact, it’s more heat resistant than butter. You can substitute butter for coconut oil to bake your favorite cookies, muffins, cakes, you can use it in savory recipes like fried coconut shrimp, fried rice, etc.
Salted ButterI don’t want to be Ms. Obvious here, but yes, if you happen to have salted butter laying in your refrigerator, you can definitely use it as a substitute for unsalted butter. I mean, who doesn’t like a little salty note in your brownie recipes?! Salt butter isn’t much different than the unsalted type and that’s why it is the common replacement for regular butter. Well, except for the salt content in it.
Salted Butter Vs Unsalted. Is There Actually A Difference?
- Unsalted Butter–Both these types of butter are made out of butterfat/milkfat(the fatty part of the milk) which makes them an animal product but, unsalted butter doesn’t contain any extra salt in it and has a sweet taste and a smooth texture.
- Salted Butter– Has a more rough texture than regular butter because of the salt content. Of course, salted butter has a salty taste but, you can still notice the sweetness in it. Unfortunately, salted butter doesn’t have that creamy taste as regular butter.
LardLard is an animal product, made from 100% rendered fat, most often pork fat. Even though you may have not used it for your cooking and baking, lard is actually one of the most used types of fat for a long time now. The great thing about lard is that it has a neutral and natural flavor that can be used for either savory dishes like tacos or sweet dishes like pies or banana bread. Lard makes an especially great unsalted butter substitute for baking. Your pastries will be flakier than even when you bake them with a little bit of lard. Even though lard is made out of pure fat and therefore has high cholesterol contents, lard is not unhealthy when consumed in normal doses. This substitute for butter contains vitamin A, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, and many minerals. The consistency of lard is actually quite similar to unsalted butter; it has a semi-soft texture, meaning it does hold a shape but it is soft, much like softened butter. To use lard as a substitute for unsalted butter, replace one cup of butter with one cup of lard.
Vegetable ShorteningVegetable shortening or just shortening is made out of processed oils like palm oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, and others. The main purpose behind shortening is to act as a substitute to lard or butter in recipes, aka to substitute the animal fat that lard and butter have. But, there are in fact, some differences between lard and vegetable shortening. Let’s see what they are.
Lard Vs Shortening
- Lard- Lard is an animal product that’s made out of 100% animal fat. It is used for either sweet or savory dishes.
- Shortening- Is made out of different types of processed oil and you can’t say that is the healthiest substitute for unsalted butter; in fact, it is not healthy at all.