By Shannon Ankeny

Burnt food is not always ruined. Foods burned while cooking on the stove can often be fixed so they still look edible and taste good. The sooner you recognize a dish is burning, the better chance you have of salvaging it. Burnt liquid foods, such as soups, are the easiest to save. Burnt baked or fried foods can be tougher to save because these burns usually have more smoke involved.

Watch cooking food to prevent burning.

How to Fix Burnt Food

Always use hot pad to prevent skin burns.

Remove the pot containing the burnt food from the heat source as quickly and safely as possible using the hot pads. This will help keep the burnt taste from permeating the entire dish. Turn off the heat source.

Run cold water in the sink to soak your burnt pot.

Plug the kitchen sink, and turn on the cold water so that it fills up enough water to coat the sides of the dish.

Step 3

Place the pot in the cold water in the sink. This will cool down the exterior of the pot and halt the cooking process. Be careful not to let any of the water get inside the pot. If there is no risk of spilling the contents of the pot, you can also turn on the faucet and run cold water on the sides. Be sure to at least get the cold water on the bottom of the pot.

Carefully check the contents of your pot.

Assess the amount of food that is stuck or burned to the cooking surface. Do not stir or scrape anything out of the pan. Without disturbing the burnt sections of the food, transfer the remaining food to a serving dish with a ladle.

The best way to tell if you've saved your burnt soup is to taste it.

Taste the food that has been transferred to the serving dish. If there is still a smoky or burnt flavor, cover it with a damp cloth for 30 minutes. Taste it again, and determine from this point if the flavor is palatable or beyond repair.