Salt added too much?how to solve?

@achinthya (1219)
India
December 27, 2008 4:19am CST
Myself I am not that good cook I will always make some mistake in adding salt,sometimes too much and sometimes less, if its less it was ok as I can add afterwards but if it becomes very salty how will I solved the problem?
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@stejhas (209)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I have actually heard of a solution to your problem... add a raw, peeled potato to your dish while it's cooking!!! We follow a pretty low sodium diet, so I've never run into this problem, but I know many of my friends swear by the potato rule! - Apparently, the potato absorbs the salt from the dish... when the dish is fully cooked, you simply take the potato out and throw it away. --- I know my friends have used this trick when cooking soups... I can only assume that is works for ALL dishes!!
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
This is the old trick which my mother used to do if curry becomes very salty....myself I didn't try it anyway thanks for it.Think it might work to all the curry as potato can absorb.
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@owlwings (39070)
• Cambridge, England
27 Dec 08
The only ways of making something taste less salty are to: 1) dilute the liquid 2) add milk or cream 3) take out the solids (meat or otherwise) and remake the sauce Sometimes no way is appropriate and it is best just to cut your losses, throw it out and start again!
@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
Thanks for your advice..I will try it out next time if I faced the same problem again...
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• United States
28 Dec 08
I started cooking using rock salt and it became a little bit hard for me to estimate when iodized salt was what everybody used. It would depend on what kind of dish you are preparing. There are food that you can still recover when it becomes too salty but there are also other food that all you do is throw it in the trash. Usually, I will put a little more water into the food if it is okay to do that like when you prepare soups or stews. You can put a little or some sugar if there is no way to put water. It takes a lot of hit and miss method with salt but usually a dash or a sprinkle of salt will do fine.
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
28 Dec 08
Ok, thanks for your response I think with rock salt it becomes more difficult to estimate right myself I used the fine iodised salt.
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@conbill (369)
• United States
28 Dec 08
I read somewhere that if you put a potato in food that was too salty it would absorb some of the salt. I don't know if this really woorks though because I have never tried it. I use very little salt while I'm cooking so I have never had this problem. When I do add salt when cooking I put it in my hand so I can get a general idea of how much I am using. Maybe doing this would help you. Just remember practice makes perfect. Keep trying and you will get the hang of it.
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
28 Dec 08
That is somewhat true I think because lots of people speak about potato,yes adding little salt is better than curry becoming very salty.Thanks for your encouragement...Happy New Year
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Dec 08
i have always heard if you'll add a little sugar it will take care of too much salt. i always add sugar to most everything i cook so can't say for sure it works. happy new year!
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
28 Dec 08
Thanks for your tips,Happy New Year to you too.
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@shar_25 (1340)
• India
27 Dec 08
I used to make that mistake quite often before. But now with practice I have finally got my measures right. Occasionally when I put too much of salt by mistake, I try adding some more water (if its a curry). I have also added little sugar to neutralize the effect of excessive salt. These two tips work for me. But of course its not possible to get back the original taste of the dish
@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
Ok,I too have heard that by adding sugar you can solve saltyness in the curry but did not try it myself as I felt it might become sweet. Thanks for your tips.
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@rajesha20 (209)
• India
27 Dec 08
it depends on dishes u can change if it is briyanis add lemon juice so taht it can solve the problem r u can even add some tomatoes which solve the issue
@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
Thanks, you have help me out as I was planning to prepare biryani in Sunday I can do that if it becomes salty.
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• India
27 Dec 08
add water or milk to ur dish thn add some cornflour to it for thickness.
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
Thanx, I have heard about water and milk addition to dilute the salted gravy but not cornflour.....thanx wants again...
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@UK_Shree (3604)
27 Dec 08
It depends on which dish you are preparing. In some dishes you can add water to dilute the salt content. But if you cannot add water alone (as it might make the dish too runny) then adding a bit of every ingredient might be the only way in order to avoid throwing it away. Make a note of how much salt works, write it down and always add the same amount. Salt is a crucial ingredient to any dish and therefore you need to have some sort of system in place that makes sure you get it right
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@achinthya (1219)
• India
27 Dec 08
yes, that is true I should take some measurement in spoon before adding than just simply adding.Thanks for your advice..
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@maferick (1583)
• Brazil
4 Jan 09
i know how do you feel buddy, sometimes it happens ,doesnt matter if your are a great cooker or not,hehe when it happens to you,if it happens with beans,you can save your food putting a potato cutted in a half or a onion cutted into the bottle and closing it,wait they absorve the salt into the water,if happens to the rice,put more water and put then too but if happens to meat,wash it in water and cook a little bit more it always help me to save the food,because the potato and onion absorve salt.. hope it helps you
@achinthya (1219)
• India
4 Jan 09
Thanks for giving me your tips I think it will help.Happy New Year.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
1 Jan 09
It's hard to fix a dish if you put too much salt in it. This is one reason to be frugal with the salt. You can always add more salt. This is why I tend to undersalt food because I will usually add a little salt and pepper when I serve food. This also allows for people to season their food to taste, like if one person in your house doesn't like salty food and someone else likes lots of salt. I guess if you added too much salt, you could try adding more fluid or filler (like water, chicken brother, rice, potatoes) to the dish, but I know this isn't always possible.
@achinthya (1219)
• India
4 Jan 09
Your right under salt food is better than curry becoming very salty as depending on our requirement people can put the salt. Thanks for your response.Happy New Year.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
28 Dec 08
achinthya, From thinking the recipe said tablespoons instead of teaspoons, to being distracted and salting something twice, this is one of the most common food disasters. Luckily there are numerous ways to solve this issue. You can try neutralizing the salt by adding sugar and cider vinegar. Add 1 teaspoon, each, at a time until you have reduced the level of saltiness. However, you will need to consider if your dish's original taste might be greatly affected or not as this is doing quite well with Chinese and Western menu. Another method that has been around for a long time is the potato method. If making a soup and it is too salty, add 1 peeled potato, cut into large chunks. Allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes then remove the potato. It will absorb some of the excess salt. I find this method only to work if the soup in question is just slightly over salted. The final, and most effective, way to reduce saltiness is to add more of all the other ingredients to dilute it. Hope you will find the above helpful. Take care and compliments of the season.
@achinthya (1219)
• India
28 Dec 08
Thanks, I think your tips might help the saltiness in the curry, Its great tips..Happy New Year may be next year I will become different cook.
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