Help is on the way!
It happens to the best of us. One thing leads to another—perhaps you get a little too generous with the salt or a little heavy handed with the sugar—and the next thing you know, dinner is off balance and nearly inedible.
Well fear not, because help is on the way.
From too-salty stews to overly sweetened chillis, read on for easy fixes for your culinary woes. Just remember not to over-correct. Start small, y’all!
If your food is too salty:
Add an acid such as lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar; or a sweetener like sugar, honey, maple syrup, or fruit jam.
If your food is too sweet:
Mix in an acidic component like lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar; chopped fresh herbs, citrus zest, or a pinch of cayenne for savory dishes, liqueur or instant espresso for sweet dishes.
If your food is too spicy or acidic:
Situations like these call for fat. Try adding butter, olive oil, heavy cream, cheese, or sour cream; or sweetener like sugar, honey, maple syrup, or fruit jam.
If your food is too rich:
Acid saves the day yet again. Throw in a dash of lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar, or pickled vegetables (such as jalapeños).