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Aug 26, 2013 08:26 AM

beef stew has a sour taste- help?

I enjoy making beef stew ( the base is beef stock, crushed tomato, onion soup mix and a few tablespoons of tomato paste) but my husband finds the sauce to be a bit sour. What can I do to remedy this? Thank you in advance. I make my beef stew in a crock pot, if that matters at all.

bon appetit, SP

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  1. add carrots, maybe brown sugar too

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    1. re: monavano

      Both excellent ideas. Caramelized onions would help too.

      1. re: biondanonima

        Agree absolutely with the above suggestions esp carmelized onions.

        Weird as it sounds, if you have it on hand, try stirring in a spoonful of balsamic vinegar for balance. Go sparingly---you can add more if needed.

    2. Leave out the tomato: I'm thinking that's where your problem is.

      Perhaps a tablespoon or two of sauce or less.

      Try that and see where it gets you.


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      1. re: DockPotato

        I don't think you should leave out the tomato, especially the paste. It's about balance and I'd try out the above suggestions before I pulled the 'maters.

      2. Leave out onion soup mix. Replace with carmelized onion and the carrots as suggested earlier. Add some red wine

        1. I had the same problem with my beef stew yesterday. The recipe calls for tomato paste and brown sugar, which I used, but it was sour. I started early in the day so the flavors could develop well for my company in the evening, but it was still too sour. I solved the problem by alternating between brown sugar and beef bouillon (I used a paste type.) I kept tasting the stew after each addition, until the sourness was completely gone. My guests loved it.