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Seasoning is integral to the success of a dish. However, even the most competent of cooks can make a mistake and be a little too heavy handed on the salt. Fortunately, knowing a few little tips can easily overcome a salty excess, and turn the inedible into the edible.
1. THE POTATO
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Grandmother's tips are always the most trusted and probably the most effective. This tip works well for casseroles or soups. Wash and peel a raw potato and cut it into 5mm slices. Place the slices in the bottom of your dish and leave until the flesh becomes transparent. Once the salt is absorbed, remove the potato slices and enjoy your dish bought back from the brink of salty mayhem.
If you don't have a potato on hand, opt for sugar. Place a sugar lump on a spoon and let it soak a few seconds. Be careful not to let the sugar melt or fall into the sauce.
3. THE BREAD CRUST
Third solution: soak a stale crust of bread in a sauce for a few minutes to absorb the excess salt.
4. RINSE WATER
This solution is most effective for steamed meat and vegetables. Place them in a pan and pour water until the salt "comes out", then drain the water. The vegetables will turn out less crisp and meat less tender, but the sacrifice will be worth it for a dish that's more evenly seasoned.
5. CREAM OR FRUIT
If your recipe allows, try adding a little cream or fruit to your dish, to offset the excess salt.