Just a little bit of too much salt can ruin even the best meal. Although salt is the most important spice in cooking, that one can not do without, too much of it can make food unbearable.
This happens often with amateur cooks, however, professional chefs sometimes fall victim of preparing salty dishes. Most times salty flavors concentrate as the liquid reduces in the food, so after several heating up, a once tasty meal can become salty. Nonetheless, here are practical ways to reduce the salt in your dish. No 8. is my most preferred.
1. Add Acid or Sugar
This works very well with intercontinental dishes. However, if you don’t mind changing the taste of your dish, you can try adding sugar more preferably to your dish.
2. Scoop Salt Out
This may sound undoable but it is achievable if you apply it immediately the excess salt has been poured. When this happens, rather than stir the dish and encourage the salt to dissolve, try scooping out some of the liquid and food in the immediate place where the salt poured.
3. Increase Size of Meal
Maybe you planned to make 3 cups of rice and it turned out very salty, simply cook one cup of additional rice immediately and add to the already made meal. This way the power of the salt will be neutralised.
4. Add More Water
If you are making a soup, curry sauce, or other liquid dishes and it comes wrong, the best option is to pour out some of the salty liquid and add more water.
5. Serve With Starch
You can add rice or pasta to almost any dish. Starch is not a special counter to salt but it is an easy way to reduce the size of the recipe.
6. Rinse Salty Vegetables
Rinsing parboiled vegetables can ruin the texture and flavour but may work if you catch the mistake soon after you begin cooking.
I remember one time my brother made a salty pot of beans porridge, (the Nigerian version with palm oil) my dad asked him to wash the already cooked beans and re-spice again. You can try that too if you have all the time to do so.
7. Serve at a Higher Temperature
Temperature affects taste in complex ways, but a cold dish can taste saltier than a hot one. So consider serving that salty food hot for the rest of its lifespan or serve meal with hot beverage, coffee or tea to neutralize the taste.
8. Extract Salt With Potatoes
This is the easiest method and does not affect the taste and quantity of your meal. Simply peel fresh potatoes (Irish or sweet), place it at the bottom of the salty dish and leave for some minutes to absorb the salt. Remove and discard potato and your meal is ready to be savoured.
Watch video of potato extracting method below: