Top tips to avoid baking/cooking disasters | Sugar ‘n’ Spice

22nd October 2019

Too Salty

We’ve all been in a situation where we got carried away and added a little bit too much salt. Well, don’t panic - there is actually a few easy ways and tips to help reduce the salt:

  • Salt can be neutralised by adding sugar and cider vinegar. Add just a teaspoon of each until you have reached the desirable level of saltiness.
  • The most effective method of reducing saltiness is adding more of all the other ingredients to dilute it.

Too Spicy

If you a spicy food lover, you’ve probably run into a situation when you’re cooking your favourite spicy dish and you realise it is spicier than usually. The key thing here is that spicy ingredients, like jalapenos or chili peppers, can be way hotter than you might have expected. 

  • The very first thing to do is to taste the ingredients. It’s the only way to know for sure how much heat they have. If they seem to be a bit hotter than usual you can cut down on the amount you add to your recipe. Also, make sure you remove the inner membranes and seeds as this is where most of the heat lies.
  • If it’s too late and the spicy ingredients have already been added to your recipe, you still can reduce the spice. Adding a few squirts of lime juice can help to reduce the heat.
  • Also, at the table, you can offer cheese or cream to counteract the heat. Dairy products are the best at cooling the heat. Whereas water is not very effective, and it only spreads the heat around in your mouth.

Burnt Soups and Sauces

There is not much you can do to save burnt soup or a sauce, but these following tips can help:

  • It seems that laying a piece of bread on top of the soup will draw out the scorched flavour.
  • Stay vigilant. If you notice that your soup or sauce is starting to burn, carefully remove it from the source of heat and plunge the bottom of the pan into cold water. After that, pour the soup or sauce into another pan, leaving behind the burnt residue on the bottom of the pan. This way you won’t spoil the soup with the burnt stuff.

Burnt Cake

Burning a cake is not the best experience, but it’s not the end of the world. There are still a few options that are open to you:

  • First thing you should do is to remove the burnt edges from the cake. That will ensure your cake won’t have this unpleasant taste and make it more enjoyable to eat.
  • If the cake tastes dry you can fix that by spreading the cake with the butter while the cake is still warm.
  • To cover the burnt flavour of your cake add icing or any other toppings.
  • If the cake is too small you can save it by making it into a trifle instead.

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