Salt is a key ingredient in almost every recipe in existence. But errors can occur while preparing food and too much salt can sometimes end up in a dish – whether it is from a nudge to the elbow from someone passing through the kitchen or a misreading of a recipe. Either way, if you’ve tipped too much salt in your dish, there are a few ways you can attempt to salvage it. Follow these steps to help make salty food unsalty.

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Make the dish bigger to dilute the salt content. Salt is a difficult to remove once absorbed into a dish. By putting more ingredients into the dish, such as vegetables and other spices, you can neutralize the effect of the salt and even out the flavors. This will take time but it’s better than doing away with the dish altogether. Store any extra food portions in the freezer.

Peel some potatoes, then cut each one into four or five chunks. Place in the dish and leave for around 10 or 15 minutes. How many potatoes you need will vary depending on the size of your dish and how much salt you put in. Trial and error is the best way to use this method, so add potatoes as needed until the taste of the dish improves. Potatoes absorb salt so can help balance out the flavors of your dish. Make sure you take the potatoes out and taste the dish before serving.

Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze a drizzle of lemon into the soup and taste it. Squeeze in more juice if necessary. Although lemon juice doesn’t remove salt, it does counteract its flavor so it can improve the taste of soups that have been over salted. Adding dashes of vinegar can also help take away the salty taste.

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  • Over salting cannot always be cured by any of the above methods. Once salt is absorbed into the food, it is not a simple matter to extract it. Sometimes, you will simply have to toss out the dish and start over.