Oversalted? No Problem! Fixing Culinary Mistakes

Published on: 14/05/2022 | Last Updated: 14/05/2022
Oversalted? No Problem! Fixing Culinary Mistakes

It would seem that everything is going according to plan, the preparation of the culinary masterpiece is almost completed, and then the unexpected happens: you oversalted or overpepped

It would seem that everything is going according to plan, the preparation of the culinary masterpiece is almost completed, and then the unexpected happens: you oversalted or overpepped! How to save the situation? First rule: don't panic. We tell you how to fix culinary mistakes.


If oversalted

You can add a little raw potatoes to the oversalted sauce, it will serve as a kind of sponge and absorb excess salt. When the dish becomes less salty, the potatoes can be removed. The advantage of this method is that the potatoes do not leave behind any characteristic taste. 


Similarly, you can add some greens to a salted dish: for example, parsley. She will also take on salt well, after which she can be selected from the dish. In some dishes, you can add a little lemon juice, vinegar, or more tomatoes - but make sure the ingredients are appropriate. This trick will not work with desserts, but it will be great for preparing fish dishes, sauces and meat dishes.

Excess salt can be killed with sweetness - just add a little sugar or a sweet vegetable to the dish. For example, you can add even more carrots or a teaspoon of sugar to carrot soup, the extra salt will not be so noticeable. Salty soup can also be diluted with a liquid: pre-prepared unsalted broth or, in extreme cases, water. If there is no broth at hand, and you don’t want to spoil the taste with water, dip a bag of rice into the soup - it will draw out the maximum salt. Another way is to add some pasta (if the soup allows it).


If peppered

The easiest way to get rid of an unpleasant burning sensation in a dish is to cook another, but already unpeppered portion of the same dish, and then mix both options. 

You can get rid of excess pepper in the same way as excess salt - just add a little carrot or raw potato to the dish. If the dish is already ready and cooling down, add some of these ingredients anyway, let them brew for several hours - then take them out.


If you have added a little extra pepper to the meat, do not despair: sprinkle it with citric acid or add a little citrus juice. Lime or lemon juice works best. Finely chopped pineapple perfectly copes with pepper, it also gives the dish a special exotic taste.


In addition to the above methods, you can add a little sour cream during cooking or after. This option is well suited for meatballs, pancakes and other dishes that are traditionally served with sour cream.

A few more mistakes...

If the onion is too spicy, soak it in cold water for 10-15 minutes. 


If the broth is too greasy, put the pan with it in the refrigerator, then carefully remove the greasy crust.


If the cream turned out to be too liquid: custard - boil, sour cream - mix with a small amount of sifted flour, oil - put in the refrigerator.

If you know more interesting life hacks to eliminate culinary mistakes, share with us in the comments!

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