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Old 09-30-2002, 01:02 PM
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blushing Uh Oh - Too much salt in stew or soup!

Hi all,

OK - I must admit, I do space out and add too much salt to a soup or stew. This happens usually when the kids are "helping" me cook - and I'll deal with the salt to spend the fun time cooking with them.

Is it true that adding a potato will absorb the excess salt?
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Old 09-30-2002, 02:43 PM
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Hi merrymom!

Welcome to the ranks of stay at home moms! (I read your other thread!)

Yes, it's true that adding a potato to your soups or stews will absorb excess salt! I've had to do that more times than I like to admit!
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:44 PM
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Gee....I have done that too! A potatoe does work!

Now once I put too many red peppers in chili!!!! Wow!!! I found that cilantro took the fire out!

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Old 10-07-2002, 10:06 AM
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Yep, a potato works, and so does an extra onion or two.

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Old 10-07-2002, 11:13 AM
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cilantro cure for too much chili pepper

To Janet in Michigan---Read your reply re: too much salt in the stew. I was thrilled to see your suggestion re: cilantro to solve the hot chili problem. My question is "do you put the cilantro in while cooking or afterward"? Thanks --June
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Old 10-07-2002, 12:42 PM
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Take it from an old-timer. A raw potato works every time! We have all over-salted at one time or another, and I even told the cook in a restaurant about it. He never heard of it...now he knows.
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Old 01-24-2003, 09:23 AM
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You know, I just found this thread... I never knew about the potato... I'll have to try it... I have a solution for when beef or tomato based sauses are over salted...it's coca-cola... but that won't work in a white sauce, for instance... I'll have to keep the potato in mind. Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:19 PM
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Hmmm... I fashioned a too salty pot of soup many years ago, and the potato trick had no effect. Used several potatoes with no resolve.
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