Mistakes they say are bound to happen. We all have made one or two mistakes in our life. Sadly, some of these mistakes are irreversible and can't be changed. Whereas, some other mistakes can be reversed and changed. A mistake is known to be an error or a blunder. A mistake is an unintentional error. A mistake happens unknowingly and without any intent.
Mistakes happen in every sphere of life and cooking isn't left out. A lot of mistakes happen when we are cooking and sometimes, we feel these mistakes are irreversible and can't be changed. When I was young, anytime I oversalt my food, I always think that nothing can be done to correct this mistake and I stay crying. At the end of the day, I throw the food away because of my silly mistake. However, as I grew older, I began to learn some tips and tricks to correct common mistakes made while. In this article, I would be sharing some of the tricks I use in correcting my mistakes while cooking.
1. Oversalting Food:
To be honest, no one hasn't made this mistake before. One time or the other, we all have oversalted our food. Our action wasn't deliberate. It just happened. Oversalting one's food means adding more salt to the food than required. When we do this, we find it difficult to eat the food because of the high salt content. One good news is that this problem can be solved. Here are some tricks and tips to try out when you oversalt food.
1. If it's a soup or stew, peel one large potato and add it into the pot of stew or soup. Reduce the heat source and cover the pot. Leave for 10 minutes and remove the potato. Potato has the ability to absorb salt and that's why it is very useful in correcting this mistake. You could use a slice of yam if a potato is unavailable.
2. For white rice, pasta or noodles, simply add more water to the food and sieve.
Adding plenty of water to the pot of food helps to dilute the salt content and sieving it helps to drain the excess water away. You could pour the white rice, pasta, or noodles back into the pot and cook for a while. Please note that this method doesn't apply to jollof rice, concoction rice, fried rice, and coconut rice as you would wash off the ingredients.
2. Sour food:
This is another common mistake that most people make while cooking. I could remember what happened to me just a few days ago. I had just finished preparing Banga and Oha soup, pack them into bowls, and kept them in the freezer. Sadly, there was no power supply for a day and I forgot to warm them. The next day, the power supply came on and I felt there was no need to warm it. When I finally decided to eat the soup, I discovered that both of them had turned sour. I was so pained because I had spent a lot of money in preparing those soups. After lamenting about my wasted effort and resources, I quickly remember a trick to revive a sour soup and I decided to try it out. To be honest, the outcome was positive and my soup tasted so fresh. I simply added some vinegar to it and it work. To revive a sour soup, add a dash of vinegar or lemon and watch the magic happen. You could also add a piece of charcoal, heat the soup for 10 minutes, and remove the charcoal. There is definitely a solution to the sour soup.
3. Excess Water:
When you are preparing a portion of food and you mistakenly add too much water, worry no more. You could take a slice of bread and add it to the food to suck up the water. Add the piece of bread and leave for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove the bread and behold the magic. Also, if you add excess water to food like white rice or pasta, you could easily use a sieve to drain the water.
4. Too much pepper:
Sometimes, most of us make the mistake of adding too much pepper to our food and we become unable to eat the food. When you do this next, worry no more cause there is a solution to this mistake. When this happens, the only way to correct this mistake is to apply the dilution principle. Simply dilute the food with the appropriate ingredients. For example, if you are cooking a stew and you notice it has too much pepper, you could dilute it with blended tomatoes or tomato paste. You could then add some water to it. If it's a soup that has too much pepper, you could prepare another soup that has no pepper and dilute it with the newly prepared soup.
In summary, some common cooking mistakes in the kitchen can be corrected. It requires you to apply simple tricks and tips. If you find this article helpful, don't forget to hit the like button and share it with your friends. Thanks for reading.