Almost everyone has experienced an “Uh-Oh” moment in the kitchen. Maybe you make the soup a little too salty, or the chili a little too spicy, or maybe your gravy is lumpy. Here’s a list of quick fixes to save the day.
Quick Fixes in the Kitchen
- Acidic Foods–Sometimes a tomato-based sauce will become to acidic. Add baking soda, one teaspoon at a time, to the sauce. Use sugar as a sweeter alternative.
- Burnt food on pots and pans–Allow the pan to cool on its own. Remove as much of the food as possible. Fill with hot water and add a capful of liquid fabric softener to the pot: let it stand for a few hours. You’ll have a much easier time removing the food.
- Hands smell like garlic or onion.–Rinse hands under cold water while rubbing them with a large stainless steel spoon.
- Hard brown sugar.–Place in a paper bag and microwave for a few seconds, or place hard chunks in a food processor.
- Lumpy gravy or sauce.–Use a blender, food processor or simply strain it.
- No tomato juice.–Mix 1/2 cup ketchup with 1/2 cup water.
- Out of honey.–Substitute 1 1/4 cups sugar dissolved in 1 cup water.
- Bread is stale.–Toast or microwave bread briefly. Otherwise, turn it into breadcrumbs.
- Soup, sauce, gravy too thin.–Add 1 tablespoon of flour to hot soup, sauce or gravy. Whisk well (to avoid lumps) while the mixture is boiling. Repeat if necessary.
- Stew or soup is greasy.–Refrigerate and remove grease once it congeals. Another trick is to lay cold lettuce leaves over the hot stew for about 10 seconds and then remove. Repeat as necessary.
- Too salty.–Add a little sugar and vinegar. For soups or sauces, add a raw peeled potato.
- Too sweet.–Add a little vinegar or lemon juice.
- Too spicy.–Add a little lemon juice.