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Help w/ fixing Black Bean Soup....too oniony

Patrick Feb 7, 2005 06:52 PM

I made the black bean soup from Cook's Illustrated. It's really good except for an onion overtone because I didn't brown the onions enough. Stupid me, I forgot to taste it along the way. Bean soup + oniony flavor = lots of smelly farts!

Simmering doesn't seem to work and I want to eat the rest, but I don't know if my roommate could handle that, LOL!

Any suggestions on how to fix it?

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    Karl S. RE: Patrick Feb 7, 2005 06:54 PM


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      cbk RE: Patrick Feb 7, 2005 07:15 PM

      try some sugar and a potato

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        cbk RE: Patrick Feb 7, 2005 07:16 PM

        try some sugar and a potato

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          Patrick RE: Patrick Feb 7, 2005 08:32 PM

          To clarify, I'm asking for a way to cook out the raw onion taste in the soup.

          What would the sugar and potato do? I don't know if that would help.

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            Karl S. RE: Patrick Feb 8, 2005 04:55 AM

            The sugar and potato won't really work; the potato supposedly supposedly absorbs imbalanced flavors, but a number of different places have tested that theory and found it wanting. Onions are full of sugar, and I doubt sugar would help at all.

            The only way I am familiar with to mellow the intensity of RAW onion's flavor once in the pot is: cook it. The better way is to rinse raw onion thrice in cold water before adding to the pot (something you should normally do anytime you're using raw onion, for example, in a salad). But you can't do that now. So I'd reheat the soup to a simmer, add some broth or liquid, and cook it until the onion has mellowed. Black beans are pretty sturdy as beans go, so this should be OK.

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              MikeG RE: Karl S. Feb 8, 2005 09:03 AM

              Potatoes will absorb some excess salt, but even that has limits and of course you have to not mind the potato flavor they will probably leave behind. This is the first I'd ever heard they were supposed to help with anything but salt...

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                King of Northern Blvd. RE: MikeG Feb 8, 2005 09:16 AM

                I think they are supposed to help with drawing out heat from being too spicey but I've never tried it.

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                  Karl S. RE: King of Northern Blvd. Feb 8, 2005 10:11 AM

                  Don't bother. The only thing that really works with spice is an emulsifying fat; peanut butter works well.

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