Too Much Salt? Easy Fixes For Basic Cooking Mistakes
Cooking mistakes happen to everyone. Why they always seem to happen when there will be company coming over at any minute, we’ll never know.
Thankfully, not every cooking mistake means it’s time to throw out your meal in progress and hope that you have enough time to start again. Read through these easy ways to fix common cooking mistakes and you may be able to save your meal with items you already have in the kitchen.
So don’t be afraid to brush up on your cooking skills and throw down even if it’s been a while. With a little help from us, you can get back to earning bragging rights about your skills in the kitchen.
You had good intentions, but now your broccoli is overcooked. The easy fix? Dunk it in cold water to stop the cooking process in its tracks. When that’s done, sprinkle it with cheese and broil your broccoli in the oven. The crunch will balance out the texture.
Too far gone for this? Puree them and serve broccoli soup instead of broccoli stalks.
It’s Too Salty
If it’s a sauce or another dish with a lot of liquid, simply toss a raw potato wedge or two in. As they cook, the wedges will soak up the extra salt.
For other dishes, in a pinch, you can simply rinse the food off then toss it back in the pan/oven with more sauce.
It’s Too Spicy
It’s surprisingly easy to overdo it with spices if you can’t do taste tests along the way. You can fix too much spice by balancing it out with extra sweetness (like sugar, syrup or fruit) or cream (like yogurt or sour cream) — whichever works better with the recipe — to cool things down.
The Rice Is Way Overcooked
Add too much water or forget it on the stove and you get sticky, mushy rice. If that happens, rinse it under cold water. It will separate the grains and wash away some of the stickiness.
If the rice is really bad, consider putting it in the food processor to turn it into rice pudding or a savory porridge like congee.
Throw overcooked pasta into a pan and sauté it with a little butter or olive oil to firm it up. After three to five minutes, the edges will crisp up in the oil. You can add extra texture by pairing it with a chunky rustic sauce or crunchy vegetables.
If it’s dry and your guests are already at the door, make gravy out of the juice that the meat was cooked in and pour it on liberally.
Have a little more time? Turn overcooked chicken or beef into another meal like sandwiches, enchiladas or even a cheesy bread bake.
Gooey Mashed Potatoes
Do too much with your potatoes and they can turn into a gooey mess. Don’t have time to start from scratch? Turn them into potatoes au gratin: spread the potatoes out on a baking dish and cover them with butter, cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake until it’s crispy on top.
If it can’t be juicy and flaky, make fish tacos. The drier the fish in these delicious dinner meals, the better.
Dry Baked Goods
If your goods cooked too long, take them out, wrap them in shrink wrap and let them sit for at least four hours. It will help to rehydrate your cake or muffins. If they’re really dry, add 1/4 teaspoon of water to provide a bit more moisture.
The Cake Is Stuck in the Pan
If cooking oil and a good smack fail, let the cake cool all the way down and then try to smack it loose again.
If it’s still stuck, lower the pan in very hot water. The heat will help to melt and loosen the cake’s grip on the pan.
If all else fails, use a knife to pry the cake loose. Afterward, cover the top with frosting. Here’s how to make some icing in a pinch from scratch.
Too Much Sugar
If your batter tastes way too sweet, balance it out by adding some acid (like apple cider vinegar, lemon or lime) or acidic dairy (like yogurt or sour cream).
Crispy on the Outside, Raw on the Inside
Take it off of the pan and toss it into the oven at around 300 degrees until it’s done. You’ll cook the inside more without burning the outside any further.
Some greens like kale can be bitter. A few squeezes of lemon juice and a pinch of nutmeg will cut the bitter flavor and give it a nutty flavor. Don’t have any nutmeg? Chopped nuts like walnuts or almonds can also work.
It may taste good, but lumpy and broken sauce doesn’t really have the visuals you’re going for. Thankfully, there are a few quick fixes that work really well.