Correcting Excess Salts in FoodsPosted by Olamilekan Oderanti
Cooking is pleasurable and much more satisfactory when your friends give good comments about your meal. However, it all goes wrong once there's excess salt in your meal. (Do a quick check on the problems associated with excess salts here)
Over the years, I've wished there was a solution to this problem. Perhaps a machine or something to suck out the excess salt and make my meal the perfect one I want It to be. In this post, I'll be sharing with you what I've gathered and tried out over the years.
Correct with more: you probably know this option. It means you add more of what you're cooking to it. Perhaps more rice or more soup to the one cooking. This allows even spread of the excess salt on a larger portion of the meal. Hence, making it just good. The only disadvantage of this is that you can have more of the meal. But, it's far better than having to waste the meal with excess salt.
Correct with Sugar: This is a very wise option. But, restricted to foods that have only a pinch of salt in excess. Add a little sugar/honey to your meal as it automatically cancels out the little excess salt. Please do not try this for meals that are over salted as you'll be tempted to add a large quantity of sugar to your meal and it won't come out good.
Correct with Flour: Flour in the powdery or dough form when added to your food—with exception of stews/soups– will suck up the salt. Be sure to scoop out the flour once it comes up and the dough on time.
Correct with creams: This creams could be Yoghurt or Malai (fresh milk) or coconut milk. This helps to normalize the excess salt. It also adds to your food a creamy/milky flavour which you'll love. Be careful of the kinds of food you add creams to!
Correct with acid: Acids are a good way to block out excessive salt in any meal. A good example of acids we can use is white vinegar or lemon juice. Apply a little of this and watch the magic.
Correct by dilution: To dilute is to add more liquid. However, adding water to your food might make it tasteless or less-tasteful. So, we advise you dilute your soup with broth or a splash of wine. This way, the flavour is added and excess salt is cancelled out as well.
Correct with potatoes: it is common knowledge that potatoes suck up water. A lot! Adding slices of peeled potatoes to your meal means salty water is going to be sucked. You can use this in your soups too. After some minutes, remove your potatoes from your food and you're good to go with a salt-balanced meal. But, be sure to add more water if the water happens to be insufficient at the end.
Correct with greens: feel free to add greens such as spinach, mustard greens or kale to your stew or soups. It helps to reduce the salt content.
If perhaps you've eaten a meal that has excess salt, we advise you to take a lot of water to balance your system. Click here to check for signs that you are consuming excess salt.
These are tricks you can apply to correct excess salts in your food. You can as well share with us if you've tried any of these methods. Or, perhaps you have other options. We love and care for you at OrderEat.