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What to do if too much black or hot pepper is used in a dish?

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If too much ground black pepper or other seasonings have been added to a recipe the inclusion of potatoes and starchy vegetables can dilute the flavor. There are various methods that can be used to correct too much seasoning.

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Adding dairy products, such as milk, sour cream, or plain yogurt, can tone down the heat level of a dish. Serving these diary items on the side of the dish offers the same benefit.

The addition of 1 to 2 tablespoons of peanut butter can also rectify the use of too much black or hot pepper. Similarly, a teaspoon of sugar can be used the same way. The juice from acidic fruits, including lemons and limes can cut the heat or spice in a recipe, and vinegar also works well.

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