What to do with Seeming Disasters in the Kitchen

burnt toast, kitchen disaster, how-to fix common kitchen mishaps, I am pretty sure that anyone who has ever spent much time in the kitchen has at some point or another hit that dreadful moment when a dish has failed and guests are arriving. Maybe there was a distraction (oh, I don’t know … a sick dog, a crying child, a “quick” phone interruption) or a missing or mismeasured ingredient, but now what to do? These handy tips might just save the day next time!

Too Acidic — If a tomato-based sauce becomes too acidic, add baking soda — one teaspoon at a time — to the sauce. Or use a little sugar as a sweeter alternative.

Melted Chocolate Seizes and Gets Coarse — When melted chocolate comes into contact with water, it can seize (become coarse and grainy). Place the seized chocolate in a metal bowl over a large saucepan with an inch of simmering water in it. Over medium heat, slowly whisk in some warm, heavy cream. Use 1/4 cup cream for each 4 ounches of chocolate. The chocolate will melt down and become smooth again.good chocolate, bad chocolate, melted chocolate, seized chocolate, how to repair melted chocolate

Lumpy Gravy or Sauce — Use a blender, food processor, or blending stick to blend out the lumps, or simply strain to remove lumps.

Soup, Sauce or Gravy is too Thin — Remove a little of the hot soup, sauce or gravy from the pan and mix it in a separate bowl with 1 tablespoon of flour; then pour  back into hot soup, sauce or gravy and whisk well (to avoid lumps) while mixture is boiling or simmering. Repeat if necessary. Or try mixing a little cornstarch with some cold water in a small separate bowl and then stirring that mixture into the soup, sauce, or gravy (definitely no lumps).

Sticky Rice — If the rice has turned sticky, carefully rinse rice with warm water; this works especially well with a colander.

Greasy soup or stew — Try placing cold lettuce leaves over the hot stew for about 10 seconds and then remove them; repeat as necessary, to absorb excess grease. Alternatively, refrigerate the soup or stew and simply scoop grease from top once it congeals.

Food is Too Salty — Add a little bit of sugar and vinegar to offset the saltiness. For soups or sauces, add a raw peeled potato and continue to simmer (remove potato before serving).

Cakes or Cookies are Undercooked — Crumble them up and serve over vanilla ice cream. Or layer pieces of cake or cookies with whipped cream and fresh fruit for a delightful dessert parfait. Crumbled cookies can also make an excellent cream pie topping.

Dish is Too Sweet — Add a little vinegar or lemon juice to counteract the sweetness.cleaning burned pans, burnt pan, cleaning kitchen, kitchen disasters, how-to clean pans

Pots and Pans with Burnt-on Food – Allow the pan to cool on its own, then remove as much of the food as possible by scraping with utensil. Fill the pan with hot water and add a cap full of liquid fabric softener to the water; let stand for a few hours. The remaining burnt-on food will be much easier to remove.


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