Friday, June 3, 2016

How to: Save a dish if you've added too much salt

Cooking Mistakes

One of the most frequent mistakes in any kitchen is over or under seasoning. It's an issue that can affect any chef/home cook as it's super easy to add too much, especially if you are in a rush. 

Also, sometimes when you add additional seasoning packets or sauces, the sodium can creep up into the dish. Without realizing it's easy to go over board and the result is food you'd rather not eat.


The good news is, over-seasoning can be avoided if you taste as you cook. This is probably one of the biggest things that was stressed in Culinary School. 

It's a great practice to keep a tasting spoon by your stove top so that you can continually taste as you go. If you are cooking for friends and not immediate family, use a ladle to portion a bit of the food into your tasting spoon to keep it sanitary.

I can honestly say, if you taste as you go, you will cut the frequency of over seasoning down by a substantial amount. 

What to do if you over-salt

If you do end up over salting your dish it's not the end of the world. It happens to all of us, especially with dishes that we are used to preparing. 

When you are confidently moving around the kitchen, it's easy to move a little quickly and accidentally shake just a little too much salt into your pot.

The good news is there are lots of ways to save the dish so that your dinner companions don't notice:
  • serve the food with an unsalted starch or accompaniment
  • add potatoes to balance some of the salt
  • serve plain bread alongside
But there are lots of other ways you can save your dish too. 

Check out this video for more tips on how to save a dish that you've added too much salt into

If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below. I'd love to hear how you save a dish when you've added too much salt.

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