7 creative ways to reduce excess salt in your food

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Save your meal from excess salt

play Tips to save an over-salted dish (finecooking)

What do you do when you accidentally put too much salt in your food? Do you just put in the trash can?

Imagine all the effort, time and the cost you incurred for that meal to be complete. You just can’t let all that go to waste.

So, instead of getting rid of your palatable though salty dish, use these tips to fix it:

1. Sugar

play Brown sugar - balances excess salt (Organic Facts )


Instead of wasting all the food, just add some sugar to your food especially if it has soup. Add little by little as you stir and taste to avoid changing your meal’s taste. Sugar will help balance the saltiness but just be careful not to put too much of it.

2. Water it

If it’s a meal you can add water, then you can water it to save it. You may also have to add some more ingredients to get back the right consistency of your soup. And although you will end up with more food, it’s better than letting all the food go to waste. If it’s a meal like meat, there is no harm running it through water before cooking it afresh.

3. Use an acid

play White vinegar reduces saltiness in food (Masoko)


Got vinegar? It will help fix your meal. Sprinkling white vinegar to your meal will also help reduce the amounts of salt in your dish. If you don’t have vinegar, you can as well get some lemon juice.

ALSO READ: 10 creative uses of salt at home you didn't know

4. Milk

play Adding milk to your stew sucks absorbs excess salt (bigeatstinykitchen)


Adding milk to your broth will not only make your meal tastier but also fix the excess salt. Add little by little to avoid losing the flavor of your food and let it simmer for a few minutes. The milk will absorb the excess salt.

5. White flour

If you have some wheat flour in your kitchen, then you are sorted. Make a dough and make small balls from it. Put the balls in your soup or sauce and let them sit in there for around 20 minutes. Remove them before serving your food. They shall have absorbed a considerable amount of salt. This method though, cannot work with dry foods such as mashed potatoes.

ALSO READ: 6 health risks of taking too much salt

6. Potatoes

play Peeled potatoes (mydailyrecipe)


Peel some potatoes and put them in your food. By the time the meal is ready, the potatoes will have sucked the excess salt. Get rid of the potatoes and serve your meal.

7. Make more

If all the above seems like such a hustle, make more of the dish. Just ensure that you don’t add salt to your second dish and mix the two dishes afterwards. Again, you will have more food but you can always preserve it for later consumption.

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