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Monday, October 03, 2011

I can't believe it! I had an aha moment in the kitchen. This wouldn't be anything big for anyone else (or even deserve a blog entry), but I am a novice cook. I have been teaching myself to cook for the last couple of years. Some experiments have gone well, while others....well, lets not talk about those. emoticon

Anyway, back to my aha moment! Picture it...Pots on the stove, lentils simmering away....On your way to a perfect lentil soup (new lentil soup recipe). Everything looks good....Time for the taste......EEK!!!! SUPER SALTY!!! Aside from the salt, it tasted pretty good - garlic, curry.....But my GOD, the SALT!!! 'hack. hack'

So then, novice chef that I am....I have an 'oh crap, now what' moment. emoticon My first thought was ask the people on Spark, but thought that would take too long to get an answer and then my yummy (potentially) soup would be toast. So, I decided to do a basic search. Who knew, that there were so many people out there who made really salty lentil soup??! I sure didn't! But thanks to those who cooked before me, they had the solution to my problem. Ready for the words of wisdom that I learned???!!!!?????

The solution?

A potato.

Yup. Cut up a potato and toss it in the soup to simmer for a few mins. It soaks up the salt. THEN if it is still too salty add a little lemon/lime juice. Who knew??!? My soup is saved. Tastes uber yummy, and I feel like a genius. Well, more like a recovered cooking klutz. But never you mind! The genius feeling outweighs the klutz at the moment.

And I have yummy soup for the week!!! emoticon emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Another idea....CUMIN...really helps to kill an overly salty dish...and tastes GREAT in lentils....

    Chef's Mantra...add seasonings "lightly", it's a LOT easier to add more later than it is to try and get the stuff back out!

    We live, we learn....another good "thing"...adding extra chopped celery really perks-up split peas soup and lentil soup....

    Peace & love!


    't fixate on the scale...if it isn't moving in the direction you want, UP your low carb veggies and water...works for me.
    3504 days ago
  • ZIGGY7611
    I know super cool. Just remember to remove the potato and throw it out, once it has soaked up the salt! : )

    3505 days ago
    I had NO idea about this (and I love to cook!). Thanks for sharing.
    3505 days ago
  • DANA564
    Great idea! I would have never know that. Thanks for sharing and did you find the recipe on Spark?
    3505 days ago
    That is fantastic... What a great trick! It sure sounds like yummy soup!
    3505 days ago
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