How to Correct Over-Salted Food

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How to Correct Over-Salted Food
Too much salt can quickly ruin any dish. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Salt is a mineral commonly used in cooking to season most types of food. Salty flavour is one of the basic tastes a human's tongue can perceive. If used correctly, salt will enhance a food's taste and make it more appealing. However, if your hand slips, you get carried away applying salt or you used a poorly seasoned recipe, the food will be over-salted. Over-salting can ruin a food's flavour, making it difficult to enjoy. Before discarding the dish, try a few methods to correct over-salted food.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Strainer
  • White sugar
  • Steak sauce or salad dressing
  • Peeled red potato
  • Cooked white rice
  • Food processor
  • Plain white bread

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rinse over-salted food in warm water, wiping the exterior with your fingers. If you are working with pasta or something small, place it into a strainer to rinse without losing any. This is the most effective method of correcting over-salted food that has no broth.

  2. 2

    Place the rinsed veggies or meat back into their baking pan or skillet and heat until the water evaporates.

  3. 3

    Taste the food. If it is still too salty, sprinkle a pinch of white sugar over the food. Continue to cook until the sugar crystals are no longer visible.

  4. 4

    Try the food again. If the sugar did not correct the problem, you may need to start over. However, as a last effort, try dipping the food into a steak sauce or salad dressing to drown out the salty flavour.

  1. 1

    Place a peeled red potato into the soup or stew's broth and simmer for 15 minutes. The potato will absorb some of the salty flavour.

  2. 2

    Remove and discard the potato. Taste the food. If it is still too salty, place 1/8 cup white rice for every two cups soup or stew into a food processor. Add 2 tbsp water and purée. Pour the rice purée into the broth and stir to mix thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Simmer the soup or stew for five minutes and sample a bite. If it is still too salty, add 1 tsp sugar for every 1 cup of volume. Stir to dissolve the sugar and simmer for an additional five minutes.

  4. 4

    Sample the soup or stew. If it is still too salty for your preference, you might have to discard and start over. As a last effort, try breaking up a slice of plain white bread into the stew.

Tips and warnings

  • Sometimes saving over-salted food is not possible. Salt dissolves and penetrates the food's surface, combining their flavours.

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