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Help! Added too much salt to tomato sauce

SarahKC Mar 18, 2008 07:59 PM

Can you please help me? By accident I added too much salt to a tomato sauce I was using to make lasagna. Any ideas?

  1. livetocook Mar 18, 2008 08:06 PM

    sugar may help. Add gradually and taste

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    1. re: livetocook
      foiegras Mar 19, 2008 12:07 PM

      That was gonna be my recommendation. If you haven't cooked the noodles yet, you might cook them without salt. I normally cook pasta with quite a bit of salt, but tone it down when I'm using salted commercial ingredients, like when I make my version of "the blue box." I find this really helps the finished dish (if I can call it a dish, lol).

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      burlgurl Mar 18, 2008 08:07 PM

      sometimes adding something like potatoes to the sauce will absorb some of the salt..just remove them after some time

      1. sarah galvin Mar 18, 2008 10:09 PM

        I have also heard that you add a potato to absorb salt and then discard potato

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        1. re: sarah galvin
          C. Hamster Mar 25, 2008 10:51 AM

          Potatoes don't magically absorb just the salt.

          Potatoes absorb liquid, same as a sponge would. Same as just ladeling out some of the liquid. You are left with less liquid and exactly the same % of salt in the solution.

        2. Uncle Bob Mar 19, 2008 12:52 PM

          Adding potatoes to a dish to remove salt is a Kitchen Myth... debunked long ago.It does not work. I'm somewhat surprised it still lingers...anyway....
          The only way to make your tomato sauce less salty, and maintain it's original integrity is to make another batch with no salt and mix the two together.

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          1. re: Uncle Bob
            chef chicklet Mar 19, 2008 12:57 PM

            My advise too, make some more to dilute the mother batch, but then add some sugar (only a tsp) and red wine for acid.

            1. re: chef chicklet
              alkapal Mar 19, 2008 05:39 PM

              ditto on uncle bob and chef chicklet.

              1. re: alkapal
                SarahKC Mar 24, 2008 01:32 PM

                I tried potato and adding more tomatoes. Something worked (most likely latter, possible former).

                1. re: SarahKC
                  alkapal Mar 25, 2008 12:07 AM

                  i've never had success with potatoes removing excess salt from a dish.

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