Salt is an essential seasoning for every dish but there is such a thing as too much salt. Whether it is the product of your miscalculation or a last minute seasoning gone wrong, the point is you now have salty food after at least one hour of slaving away in the kitchen. Well, here we come to the rescue! Read on for 6 ways to fix any salty dish.
Salting food is a minor aspect of cooking that people rarely talk about despite its importance. If you don't get how to salt your meals then you'll most likely fail at cooking nearly any dish.
Practice makes perfect but only when you have the right tips and tricks under your belt. Here are 6 ways to reduce saltiness in meals:
Stir a tablespoon of an acidic juice like lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and distilled white vinegar into the dish. These additional ingredients add extra flavour, subsequently masking saltiness. However, ensure that you add the acidic substance gradually or the dish might turn too sour.
Although it might seem bizarre to rinse cooked vegetables or meat, it is one of the easiest ways to get rid of excess salt. After rinsing, re-season the meal again and this time, only add a little salt if required at all.
If the dish has a liquid base like soups, braised chicken, try diluting it with water. Just add some cold water (start with ¼ cup) and bring the mixture back to a simmer. Taste your concoction and add a bit more water if it's still too salty.
You can add additional seasonings that pack a punch and so lower the impact of salt in the dish. It could be as simple as a dash of sugar, honey, ground spices, or aromatics like garlic, onions and whole spices.
The signature creaminess of avocado can efficiently lower saltiness by changing your perception of taste, making flavours taste milder. Other creamy ingredients that can be substituted for avocado in this hack are sour cream, coconut milk, heavy cream and ricotta.
Starches like uncooked rice, barley, quinoa, couscous and pasta soak up salt like a sponge. Throw some into your dish and simmer for a few minutes to give them time to do their thing.