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.
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Turn down the heat on the stove and move the pot to a burner not in use.
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.
Return the new pot to a burner on low heat. Taste the beans.
Add 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Stir it into the beans.
Taste the beans again. If the taste is improving but is still not resolved, add another 1/4 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.
Add 1 tbsp. of peanut butter. It sounds crazy, but cooks who have tried it, swear by it. Mix the beans thoroughly.
Taste the beans. Determine whether or not you can salvage them.
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.
References and ResourcesChef Talk: When THings Go Wrong A Guide to Fixing Kitchen Disasters; Peter Martin
Wisdom from Grandma: Grandma's Tip for Getting the Burned Taste Out of Food