Fixing Soul Food Mistakes
Your dinner is almost ready your guest are here, but oh-no! Your vegetables are overcooked, your meat is too salty and you don't have any sugar for your tea. What do you do? We've all made cooking mistakes, here's some tips on how to fix soul food cooking mistakes. You'll appreciate this list the next time you make a cooking boo-boo.
So before you throw that mistake out ... First check this list out!
Boiling Eggs - Stop Shells From Cracking, add teaspoon of salt or vinegar to water before boiling.
Burned Flavor Left In Food - Mix 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter into dish - add more if needed.
Burned Food in Pot or Pan - Add liquid fabric softener. Soak for 30 minutes then remove.
Canned Vegetables - They'll taste fresher if you add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice while heating.
Collard Greens Too Bland - Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to cooking water.
Dish too sweet - Add lemon juice to neutralize. Vinegar also works.
Food Too Salty - If your soup, stew, sauce or vegetable dish is too salty, throw in a peeled potato (sliced) for 10 to 30 minutes. Pull out potato before serving. Or add a lemon juice and vinegar solution. Add slowly and taste as you go.
Gravy, soup or sauce too thin - Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or flour to ¼ cup of water. Slowly stir into boiling soup, gravy or sauce until desired thickness is reached. Season to taste. Or lightly sprinkle in instant mashed potatoes in hot liquid for desired thickness.
Gumbo too spicy - To fix over hot or spicy gumbo add crushed pineapple in the pot. Test adding in ½ cup increments until desired heat is reached. Crushed pineapple acts to dilute heat without being detected. Or try adding a raw sliced and peeled potato, be sure to remove the potato slices before serving.
Limp Vegeables - Soaking Them Ice Water for 20 minutes restores cripsness.
Lumpy sauce or gravy - Place in food processor or blender. You can also pour through strainer.
Meat overcooked or dry - Soak in 5 parts warm water 1 part apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes. Place meat in pan and cover with gravy and onions. Serve as a smothered meat dish.
No Buttermilk - Substitute with plain yogurt. or mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk.
No chili powder - Combine equal amounts of cayenne and cumin.
No eggs - Use mayonnaise.
No granulated sugar - Use honey.
No meat for soup or stews - Use tofu.
No meat tenderizer - Soak meat in buttermilk or regular milk instead.
No Powdered Sugar - Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.
No Sage - Use marjoram or rosemary.
No Thyme - Use basil, marjoram or oregano.
Overcooked vegetables - Can be used to make soup, a sauce or broth.
Salty gravy, gumbo or sauce stir in instant mashed potatoes to help neutralize. Add water as needed.
Scorched or slightly burned rice - Remove top (unburned) portion of rice and place in new container. Place slices of sandwich bread on top of rice and cover for 10 to 20 minutes (bread absorbs scorchy taste and aroma). Remove bread and add a teaspoon of margarine or butter.
Short on meat - Try chopping meat and mix with rice or noodles, top with sauce or gravy.
Stale Bread - Use stale bread in stuffing, meat loaf, to make grilled sandwiches or to make toast.
Stop Odor When Cooking Fish - Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to oil before heating