Toooo much salt!!

United States
October 15, 2007 5:23pm CST
Help please. What do you do when you put too much salt in soup? I read a long time ago about putting something in it, but can't remember what it was and I personally don't even know if it worked. I will appreciate your replies so much. I made this nice, big pot of Lentil soup w/sausage. I used my salt shaker that had the big holes in it, and didn't think I was overdoing it, but...it is really too salty. I'm going to have to try to water it down, but if you know of a tried and true trick for removing the extra salt, I'd really appreciate it.
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@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
It's potatoes, you slice up potatoes and put them in the soup or you can boil them, mash them and use them as a thickener, they absorb the salt and you can't taste it as strongly.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
16 Oct 07
That is refreshing! You are the first person I've heard of who saves the potatoes and uses them for something else. All of the food repair articles I've read say to throw the potatoes away and that is just too wasteful.
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• Canada
16 Oct 07
yeah i don't believe in wasting, it doesn't do a person any good and it literally just washes away your money, so instead of wasting things i find another use for them right away, so their not wasted and you can always make something wonderful with something good that's been used for other things, like pickle juice, it can be used to pickle eggs and such after your done with the pickles and it also tastes really good and helps you keep electrolytes if your a very active person if you drink it. can also be used in cooking, the vinegar tenderizes steaks and things and it makes an amazing marinade.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
Wow, spitfire, thanks so much for the tips on the vinegar too. My neice loves to drink the pickle juice, but I have always been told not to let the kids drink it, something about drying up thier blood. I never had anyone to say keep the potatoes, only to toss them out b/c they absorb the salt. Thank you so much :)
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• United States
15 Oct 07
hi appls, the only thing I can think of is potatoes. Big chunks and then take them out after they are cooked. Good luck Happy posting..
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@AmbiePam (51164)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Oh yeah. I completely forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder!
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I tried the potatoes, and it worked...great! Thank you so much for sharing this with me.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
18 Oct 07
Hello, As crazy_ol_lady(love the name) stated potatoes are the best thing if something is ever to salty because they somehow absorb the salt. They have saved more then one meal for me especially when I first started learning to cook. Carrots might work as well not sure haven't tried it but have heard it does.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
15 Oct 07
The only solution I can think of is exactly what you said. Add more water and allow it to simmer for a while. The good thing about soup is that it is fixable because it is mostly water.
• United States
18 Oct 07
That is so true, I keep telling myself everytime I do this that I will be careful next time to add less salt. But I obviously didn't listen to myself ;)
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Try peeling a few potatoes and slicing them into your soup. Leave them simmering for about 20 minutes then scoop them out. Your soup should be less salty tasting. Hope this works.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I did try this lightning, and it does work!! Matter of fact, I just got through eating a bowl of the soup a few minutes ago and it was perfect. Not too much salt as before. Thank you so much for sharing with me :)
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Awwww I hate that when that happens. Even though I try to water it down, it ruins the whole dish and we end up not eating it. I have done that soooo many times!
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I know, everytime I do this, I tell myself to learn a lesson from it, but I haven't yet. I have also watered things down before to where it was not fit to eat. Thanks for sharing with me :)
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I've heard this too! I think it was a potato. If I remember it right you put a peeled potato in to boil for a bit and it absorbs the salt. I really hope you get it worked out either way!
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• United States
18 Oct 07
Thank you so much foxy for sharing this with me. I love soup, especially homemade of just about any kind.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Potatoes absorb salt so just cut up some chunks and throw them in there until they are pretty well cooked and then take them out. They don't leave an after taste and that should get rid of the saltiness! If still a salty taste, try a little sugar to temper the taste, but start very small and work up...too much will make it too sweet.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I had never heard of using the sugar until this evening. But you are right, it would be awful for it to be too sweet, I can only think of one thing worse than too salty, soup that is sweet :) Thanks for sharing with me and have a great evening :)
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• United States
16 Oct 07
I've heard that if you add a slice of raw potato to the soup, it will soak up the salt. When the potato is cooked through, it should have done it's job. Hope this helps.
• United States
18 Oct 07
I did this, and when the potato was tender and soft I removed them from the soup. I tried a bowl a few minutes ago and it was perfect. Just right. Thanks for sharing with me :)
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• United States
15 Oct 07
I was told that if you peel a large potato and put it in the soup it is supposed to absorb the salt.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I tried this whiteheather, and it works wonderfully! Thank you so much for sharing with me. I just tried the soup a few minutes ago and enjoyed it soooo much. It was seasoned just right, I just cannot eat anything when it has too much salt. Thanks for sharing with me :)
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I hear about potatoes to put there and let it cook and then take it from there and soup will be delicious.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
Yes, and it works laurika! I tried it and was so glad I posted this discussion. You know a lot of homemade soups take a lot of extra time and I am glad it was not a waste of my time. It was delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a great evening :)
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@GardenGerty (115954)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Quarter a couple of big potatoes then boil them in the soup. Throw the potato away. Your soup should be fine then. Hope this helps.
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@GardenGerty (115954)
• United States
16 Oct 07
I guess if you do not want to throw the potatoes away, you could use them in a potato dish, like potato soup or something.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
16 Oct 07
I just don't add salt. I haven't added salt to any of my cooking for over 20 years. It is likely the sausages you used in your soup already had a lot of salt in it. I find the salt that is used in preparations of meats, tins is more than enough.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I don't usually add very much salt. My hubby and I prefer it cooked into our meals, for us it tastes better cooked in than to add it after it is cooked. I know others differ on this. But the potatoes worked at removing the excess salt. Have a great evening and thanks for sharing with me ;)
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@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
16 Oct 07
Hi Applsofgld - thank you for starting this discussion as I had no idea about the potatos in the soup, and thank to you now I know. Hope you were able to save your soup this way :) TheFortunes
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• United States
18 Oct 07
Yes, the potatoes worked wonderfully! Just as everyone has said. I peeled a few potatoes and cut them in large chunks, when they were tender and done, I removed them. The soup was perfect and I enjoyed a bowl this evening. Thanks for sharing with me :)
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@Zelmarq (12362)
• Cebu City, Philippines
16 Oct 07
I have tried using sugar to minimize the salty taste to my dishes. Im a very salty person but when it gets too salty I just add a pinch of sugar to neutralize the taste.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I've never heard of adding sugar before. I'll have to keep that in mind also for next time, I am sure there will be a next time :) Have a great evening and thanks for sharing with me :)
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
16 Oct 07
I've always heard that you put a potato in the soup and it absorbs the salt but who wants to throw away a whole potato? I'm much too frugal for that! Well, I never put any salt in soup that I make, although we sometimes add salty ingredients such as ham or cheese. We have sea salt at the table and add a little as necessary after it is served. Hubby likes things saltier than I do, so he uses it mostly. I don't put salty seasoning on meats before cooking them either, as we prefer the flavor of Bragg's Amino Acid liquid flavoring. We keep a spray bottle of that delicious condiment on the table right next to the pepper grinder.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I will have to look for that flavoring when I go to the grocers next time. Usually my cooking is more bland than this, but the salt shaker I picked up had those larger sized holes in them. We use sea salt also, my hubby prefers it. I tried with the potatoes and it worked! Perfectly. Thanks for sharing with me, have a great evening :)
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@enru246 (89)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
...just put any of appropriate vegetables especially those watery leaves or crops that absorb salty flavor..
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• Philippines
16 Oct 07
I think you should put water and cook it again. I am sorry I am not a good cook.
• United States
16 Oct 07
If i can remember right ya drop a whole potato inther and it should get the salt out can't eat salt no more so not for sure but i think that is waht it is
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
16 Oct 07
I have been told adding rice will help, but I prefer diced potatoes that helps a lot. Good luck!!!Let us know how it works. Take Care.
@naturalst (143)
16 Oct 07
i can't remember too what to do when you had put in a lot of salt. maybe try adding some vinegar. i am not sure about this. if that won't help maybe some sugar will take offset the salt in your food. i am not a chef but i heard somewhere that its the way to lessen the taste of salt in food. i just can't remember if it's really the vinegar or the sugar that will help it. i didn't really remember since i am not really into cooking much. i just cook food that i cook only well. those easy to cook meal. but those that involve some time and effort and lots of ingredients i don't actually do that.
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