How to Get Rid of a Burnt Taste in Beans

By Grace Riley

Even the most skilled cooks burn food from time-to-time. It is easy to get carried away with another task in or out of the kitchen and return only to find a dish seemingly ruined. Though some foods are a total loss the moment scorching begins, you can potentially remedy other heartier foods. Beans simmer on a stove for long cook times, making them one of the most oft-burned foods. If you burn beans, you can attempt to save them before starting again.

You may be able to cover the taste of burnt beans with another legume.

Step 1

Turn down the heat on the stove and move the pot to a burner not in use.

Step 2

Pour the beans into another pot. Do not touch the beans stuck to the bottom. You want to separate the unburned beans from the scorched beans.

Step 3

Return the new pot to a burner on low heat. Taste the beans.

Step 4

Add 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Stir it into the beans.

Step 5

Taste the beans again. If the taste is improving but is still not resolved, add another 1/4 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.

Step 6

Add 1 tbsp. of peanut butter. It sounds crazy, but cooks who have tried it, swear by it. Mix the beans thoroughly.

Step 7

Taste the beans. Determine whether or not you can salvage them.

Step 8

Add an ingredient after cooking to help mask the taste. For example, If you burned black beans, add some cheese or salsa as a garnish on the beans.