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 >
Some common substitutions for recipe ingredients include applesauce for oil, lemon juice for vinegar, sugar and molasses for brown sugar, and milk and lemon juice for buttermilk. To make the buttermilk substitute, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.Full Answer >
Rice wine vinegar can be substituted with white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar with a pinch of sugar, or a mixture of three parts white vinegar and one part water. A recipe with rice wine vinegar typically intends for white rice vinegar to be used, not red or black rice.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 >