Ways to remove excess salt from food

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Salt can make or break a dish, but most importantly, it’s the quantity that plays a crucial role. There must have been times when you’ve put a pinch or a teaspoon of extra salt, which completely ruined the taste of the dish.

Although many dishes benefit from the trick of adding a little salt at first and adding more, if required later. However, in case of processed food it becomes a little difficult to add more salt. Well, an excess of salt can spoil your food, and so we thought of sharing some quick tips to remove that extra salt from the dish.

Salt is the seasoning that pulls a dish together and enhances its flavour. So, when you sprinkle a little extra, it’s heartbreaking. Does that mean that all your hard work and effort should go to waste? Absolutely not!

Wasting food is not something anyone is proud of or want to do, but when these mishaps happen and you don’t know how to save the day, you resort to throwing the whole thing out. So, as you dread the next food adversity to strike, keep these kitchen hacks in mind.

Check out these little tricks to remove the excess salt from your food:
Potatoes


Potato


A few raw potato slices can absorb the salt within minutes. So, when you’ve added a sprinkle of extra salt in your gravy recipe, chop up a potato and throw it in the pan for 15-20 minutes over low flame. Then, discard the potatoes and go on with your cooking as if nothing happened. Although, do keep in mind that along with the salt, it also absorbs liquid so you might need to adjust that after discarding the potato slices.

Milk


Milk


Milk will hamper the classic recipes but it’s a great dish saver. Add some coconut milk to your food to neutralize the excess salt. It’s one of the best ways to remove the excess salt from the recipe, plus you get a reward in disguise of a creamier dish.

Water


Water


The easiest and simplest way to remove the excess salt is to dilute the dish by adding water to it and bringing it to a boil. The water will balance out the excess salt and will save your dish from an unfortunate

Lemon Juice


lemon juice


Lemon juice can easily mask your mistake and give it a tangy twist at the same time. Although this trick expands your recipe to something with a more wide palate, it’s a total game saver.

Yoghurt or Malai


Yoghurt


A couple of teaspoons of yoghurt or malai (fresh cream) is definitely handy when it comes to saving a dish from excess salt. It doesn’t change the dish a lot plus saves it to give you the flavours that you will enjoy.

Flour


Flour


This ingredient might sound a little off but works just the way you’d want it to. Add a little flour to the gravy, and watch as it absorbs the excess salt and floats up to the top. Scoop it out and continue with your recipe.

Dough


Dough balls


Just like the potatoes, add small dough balls in the gravy and they will absorb the excess salt right away. Unlike the potatoes, this does not soak up any liquid, but you need to be careful about how long you leave in it the gravy.

Sugar


Sugar


This trick is for the small mishaps. So, if you’ve added just a pinch of extra salt, you can add a pinch of sugar to balance it out. It’s a calculated move, therefore, if your recipe is really salty, you should refrain from using this trick as you can end up with a weird sugary dish.

Vinegar and sugar


Vinegar and Sugar


So, if it’s a bigger mishap, you can use a tablespoon of vinegar and sugar to balance out the flavours of your dish. The acidic nature of vinegar along with the sweetness of sugar evens out the excess salty flavour.

Make Extra


Make Extra


Another great way is to increase the serving amount of the dish by adding more of what you’re cooking. So, add extra vegetables or gravy or whatever the recipe calls for and multiply the share size.

Add starch to your recipe


Starchy food


Starchy foods like rice, pasta, quinoa, etc are salt absorbing machines. Add the cooked versions (unsalted) to your pan and simmer or bake them into the recipe with a splatter of liquid. They will easily absorb the excess salt and save your dish.

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