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How to Make Soup Less Sweet

Updated February 21, 2017

When many people think of soup, "sweet" is not the first adjective springs to mind. However, many soups contain ingredients that may be sweet, such as stone fruits, vanilla, berries or even maple syrup. When you are experimenting with new soup recipes that incorporate sweet tastes and flavours, you may find you've concocted something too sweet to enjoy. A few simple steps will resolve that problem.

Reduce or omit entirely any sweeteners. For example, some pumpkin soup recipes call for maple syrup, which adds depth of flavour but also can be too sweet for some palates.

Substitute sweet ingredients for more savoury ones. If a recipe calls for fruit juices, use chicken or vegetable broth instead.

Add additional flavour components. Increasing the amount of salt or spices uses in a recipe can lessen the overall sweetness of the dish.

Increase the acidity of the soup. You can add citrus juice, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

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Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.