Adding small amounts of sugar, fat or a chunk of raw peeled potato to a prepared dish are three common ways to make it less salty. Sugar tones down the other flavors of a dish, whereas fat coats the tongue of the person eating it, preventing the salt from hitting the taste buds on the tongue.Continue Reading
Adding sugar to a prepared dish is tricky, however, because the cook has to pour enough sugar into the dish to counteract the salt without changing the intended taste of the dish. For example, if a marinara is too salty and the cook adds too much sugar, the marinara has an overpowering sugary flavor that engulfs the flavor of the herbs and spices in the dish. If the cook adds too little sugar, the marinara's flavor interchanges sugar with salt. Therefore, the cook has to experiment with this method to ensure a favorable outcome.
Finally, a chunk of raw potato placed into a water-based dish, such as a soup or stew, is said to absorb some of the salt from the liquid in the dish, although there's no evidence of this actually working. After use, the potato must be discarded before the cook serves the meal.Learn more about Substitutions
Cooks who happen to run out of sweet paprika for a dish can substitute other spices, such as ancho chile powder or Chipotle chile powder. In these cases, the chile powders swap evenly for sweet paprika, meaning 1 teaspoon of acho chile powder substitutes evenly for 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika. Additionally, a pinch of cayenne pepper can also substitute for sweet paprika.Full Answer >
Replace the sugar in a cookie recipe with an equal amount of Splenda sweetener. Splenda also offers a sugar blend, which is made of half sugar and half Splenda sweetener. In this case, 1 cup of sugar is equal to 1/2 cup of Splenda sugar blend.Full Answer >
To make egg-free pancakes, combine 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon each baking powder and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons water. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, mix to combine, and pour 1/4 cup of batter onto an oiled griddle that is heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip the pancakes when the edges appear dry, and cook until both sides are browned.Full Answer >
A substitute for balsamic vinegar is a mixture of 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, according to About.com. Another option is to mix the same amount of sugar with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.Full Answer >