By Grace Riley

Even the most skilled cooks burn food from time to time. Though some recipes are a total loss the moment scorching begins, you can potentially save some heartier foods from being ruined. Beans simmer on a stove for a long time, so they have a high potential for getting burned. Here's how to salvage them if this happens.

How to Get Rid of a Burnt Taste in Beans
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How to Get Rid of a Burnt Taste in Beans

Step 1

If beans have been burned, turn down the heat on the stove and remove the pot from the burner.

Step 2

Pour the beans into another pot. Do not touch the beans stuck to the bottom—you want to separate the beans that haven't been burnt.

Step 3

Return the new pot to a burner on low heat.

Step 4

Taste the beans. If they taste burnt, stir in apple cider vinegar.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Add peanut butter. (It sounds crazy, but some cooks swear by this.) Mix the beans thoroughly.

Step 7

Taste the beans and decide whether or not they're still good to eat.