Cooking mistakes-we all make them, but there are ways to fix them! Are you always overcooking your pasta? Adding too much salt? Burning your food? Then here are some easy ways to correct these common cooking mistakes and salvage the dish.
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1. Easy ways to fix undercooked pasta
So you forgot to set the timing on your pasta and did not bother to check if it was al dente? The easy way to fix under-cooked pasta is to cook it a little longer in the sauce. Add a bit of water to the pan in order to prevent burning of the sauce. Also, cover up the pan in which you cook the pasta in sauce. If the pasta starts to burn, place a flat pan or skillet underneath it. This will allow your pasta to cook in the heat without burning. The skillet will also allow for more even distribution of heat. Another easy kitchen tip to fix under-cooked pasta is to save the salt water in which you cooked the pasta. Add this to the pan with butter and veggies and cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes. Finishing under-cooked pasta in sauce in this manner will actually add more flavor to your dish. The next time you are looking for ways how to fix under-cooked pasta salad, use this easy way!
2. Easy way to fix saltiness in food
If you ended up adding excess salt to your food, you certainly cannot remove it. What you can do is add other ingredients to counterbalance the saltiness. If it is a curry, add half a mashed potato to absorb the salt. You can even use herbs to garnish the dish-cilantro, parsley work best. If it is a milk based dish, top it off with some more milk and cream. For soups and stews, add some more water to reduce saltiness. You can even add some crushed peanut powder or peanut butter in salads and gravies to which you have accidentally added extra salt.
3. Kitchen tips to counter spiciness
An easy way to counter excess spiciness is to add some sugar, milk, peanut butter, little water or herbs to absorb the hot taste. You can even add a dash of lemon juice to reduce spiciness. Also, you could add some mashed potato, crushed peanut powder or boiled vegetables to reduce spiciness of gravies, soups, stews and curries.
4. Handling common baking issues
Your dough won’t roll properly? You cannot lay out cookies because the dough is too crumbly? There could be a number of reasons for this baking trouble. There may be very little liquid in the dough or you need to freeze the dough before cutting it. You can even add some more egg, milk, a little water or butter to the dough. Bake the crumbly cookies on silicone tray so they do not stick to the pan and break. Avoid making the dough gooey. If the recipe calls for just ½ a cup of milk, add just a teaspoon of milk more to it. This is one of the best ways to fix this common cooking mistake and salvage the dough.
5. How to fix overcooked noodles
Overcooked noodles or pasta is one of the most common cooking mistakes and it can end up making a gooey mess. The best and easiest way to fix this cooking issue is to fry the noodles on a skillet with a little oil, some spices and herbs. This will make the noodles crispier and also mask the gooey taste. To avoid overcooking noodles and pasta, always boil it in a large skillet filled with water to the brim. Then, set the timer as per label instructions to cook it al dente. You can also add some herbs, cheese and other flavors to counter the taste of overcooked pasta. You could even make noodle pancakes by adding a bit of sauce, some onions and garlic and frying each ‘pancake’ in a skillet. Delicious!
6. Overcooked tough meat
Overcooked chicken and lamb can become rather chewy and the best way to salvage and correct this cooking mistake is to crumble it up and add it into sandwiches, tacos, burritos, or stews and soups. You can add some marinara sauce and add it to your noodles and pasta. This kitchen tip is very handy if you forget to stick a thermometer in the meat.
7. Watery rice
Overcooked or watery rice can taste rather bland and one of the easy ways to fix this cooking mistake is to spread it out on a baking sheet and toss it in the refrigerator. Once it is cool, the starchy water comes out leaving the rice dry. You can even add the rice to a skillet with some oil and seasonings to make fried rice. Alternatively, add the rice to your soups, stews or make a burrito with some beans and minced meat. Next time, avoid this common kitchen mistake by watching your water levels.
8. Burnt food
The easy ways to fix burnt food is to remove it from the pan as soon as possible and place it in a clean pan. You can even place the burning pan in a pot of cold water (be careful the water might splutter) and this common kitchen correction tip works very well. In case of burnt meat, you can place a wet towel on top of the meat to take out some of its burnt flavor. You can even add some vinegar, herbs, sugar, peanut butter and spices etc to take away the burnt flavor. Also, adding half a raw potato can take away the burnt flavor from curries and stews. You can even trim the burnt portion a bit- this easy way of salvaging burnt food can be used for burnt toast, meat etc. You can also add some bacon to the stews and meat based burnt foods to balance the taste.
We hope these 8 basic cooking tips help you fix common cooking mistakes.