Mum reveals the simple trick to fix a dish when you add too much salt

Home cook reveals her very simple trick for fixing a dish that has too much salt in it – and all you need is a potato

  • The cooking enthusiast puts a peeled potato in over-salted dishes
  • She explained that the starchy food absorbs excess salt 

A mum has amazed her followers with a ‘bizarre’ but simple trick she swears by for saving a dish with too much salt in it.

Vanessa, an American home cook, revealed that if she accidentally puts too much salt in a meal she will add a peeled raw potato to absorb the extra salt as it cooks.

Her followers were astounded and said the handy tip would save them money and time as they usually have to throw out an over-salted dish and start again.

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American mum, Vanessa, (pictured) has amazed her followers with a ‘bizarre’ but simple trick she swears by to save a dish with too much salt in it


She revealed that if she accidentally puts too much salt in a dish she’s cooking she will just add a whole peeled potato to soak the salt up (right). The cooking ‘trick’ works because the starch in the potato absorbs the excess salt.

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‘Have you ever accidentally put too much salt in your food and didn’t know what to do with it?’ the mum asked. 

She advised her followers to peel a potato, add it to the dish and let it cook until the meal no longer tastes salty.

She explained that her favourite cooking ‘trick’ works because the starch in the potato absorbs the excess salt.

‘Now serve like nothing happened,’ the mum joked.

Vanessa’s followers were grateful for the helpful tip.

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How to save a sauce or dish if you add to much salt to it 

* Remove about ½ cup of the sauce and discard. Then replace the same amount of removed sauce with either salt-reduced stock, wine or unsalted tomato passata

 * Adding a liquid high in fat is another great alternative. Try plain yoghurt, coconut cream, cream or milk

* Add raw potato – Peel and chop one or two potatoes and add them to your dish. As the potato cooks, it’ll also absorb some of that saltiness. If it’s a meaty curry, you may want to cook the potato till it’s done and leave it in the curry too

 * Sometimes fixing an over salted dish is just about balancing the flavours. So start by adding a little bit of sugar if sweet notes are acceptable in the dish, or a bit of vinegar/lemon juice if the dish will benefit from sourness. Taste and adjust the quantity till you feel that the saltiness has been minimised

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‘Seriously… I used to wash the food and start all over. Especially the meat,’ one woman said.

‘Omg just did that today. I wish I would’ve seen this earlier,’ another wrote.

‘Thank you I’ll try it,’ another commented.

One fan said the ‘best part’ of the hack is you now have a potato you can eat with your dinner.

Strange food hacks that actually work:

* Add mayonnaise to scrambled eggs to make them creamy

* Roast sugar in the oven to give it a caramel flavour

* Cook potatoes in heavy cream instead of water to make them creamy

* Use milk powder instead of milk when making baked goods to give the dessert a more milky flavour

*  Roast garlic quickly in the microwave by putting it in a glass of water and oil and heating

* Place an ice cube in the middle of a burger as it cooks to keep it moist

*  Put silica packets (the packets of preservatives that come with products) in storage with baked goods to keep them fresh

(Source: Tasty)

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