Too Much SaltIf you get happy with the salt shaker and your vegetables taste too salty, just add a whole peeled potato to the boiling water, let boil for an additional 10-15 minutes and then remove the potato. (the potato absorbs the salt)
Repairing Food at Ichef.comThis site has a wonderful resource for fixing various dishes. It is organized from A to Z by food name and then lists the problem along with a solution.
Sweetening Plain OatmealTo sweeten plain oatmeal, add miniature marshmallows instead of or in addition to sugar.
Stale Cake TreatSlightly older cake can turn into a new and wonderful trifle. Cut into cubes, and layer with any combination of fruit, whipped cream, pudding, Cool Whip, liquors. With whipped cream and liquor how can you go wrong?
Solution For Stale PoppyseedCan I take the staleness out of poppyseed? If not, will birds eat it?
Holly, Prince George BC
More Fresh Grapes Than You Can Eat?Store some in wine in a jar and refrigerate. Then add to fresh fruit salads ... just not too many!
Just wanted to say "thank you"I just want to say thank you so much for all of the quick and simple recipes that everyone submits. I care for my uncle 24/7 that lives with me. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, and, depending on the kind of day he is having, I don't always have time to cook up a large meal. The recipes submitted here are quick, easy and nutritious. You guys don't know how much I appreciate you and your recipes.
Jenny in KY
Refreshing Stale RollsStale rolls? Don't throw them out, spray them lightly with water, place them in a paper bag or wrap in foil, and warm them in a 375 degrees oven for about 5 minutes.
Blackened RollsIf you accidentally burn the top of your bread rolls when warming or baking then, rub the blackened part on a cheese grater. Works great!
Making Limp Carrots CrispIf you have carrots that are older and limp just soak them for about 30 minutes in cold water. They will be crisp again!
Stuck Together TortillasI have bought tortilla wraps and they are stuck in the middle. There is no way to get them apart with out ripping them!
Chili With Too Much OreganoI have too much oregano in my chili. What can I do?
Extra Liquid in Pork and BeansWhen you have pork and beans and there is too much liquid, just toss in a cut up potato or two. No waste and more food for all...
Lemon Pie Turned Out WateryThe one and only Lemon Pie my daughter made turned out watery. Tasted fabulous but very watery. Now, why was that and what can she do to prevent it from happening again?
Refreshing Carbonated BeveragesRefreshing Carbonated Beverages. Carbonated soda that has gone flat can be rejuvenated by mixing it 50/50 with freshly opened fizzy soda. . .
Softening Hard BreadHow do I soften hard bread?
Frozen Corn Tastes Too SweetI recently froze some fresh corn. It is cut off the cob. I followed the recipe, but it is too sweet when cooked. My request is, can someone tell me what to do to make it less sweet tasting?
Soften Stale BreadHow do you soften stale bread?
Making a Dish Less SaltyHow do I make my dish less salty?
Mix Good Soda With BadI can't really tell the difference between diet Coke and Pepsi - or even the inexpensive Shasta brand - but my husband bought another one - and it tasted like root beer!
Neutralizing Acid in SoupHow can one neutralize acid in soup?
Add Tomato Soup To ChiliI worked in a nursing home kitchen and they always added a can of tomato soup to their chili, as the older people usually can't handle as much acid. Since then I always make mine that way as we don't like the acid either.
How to Refresh HoneyTo refresh honey, loosen lid (remove if metal). Place in microwave for ten seconds and it's as good as new.
Fixing Gravy that CurdledCan you tell me how to fix my gravy? I made it as usual, but this time it curdled when I added the milk to it.
Use Italian Dressing To "Fix" Overcooked FoodI was in a hospital in Los Angeles for a week and, after the first meal, I knew I had to do something to the food to be able to eat it because I am not a vegetarian. My chicken was baked DRY and I almost threw it out, until I looked at the little packages of Italian dressing they supplied, and I thought "heck why not, I can't make it taste any worse."
Fixing a Tough Cooked RoastI made a slow cooked brisket in the oven yesterday - still came out a bit too chewy. I put it into the crockpot overnight on low with the gravy and will run it longer if required, but that's one cut of meat that won't be wasted.
Too Much CuminI made a large amount of hotdog sauce for a party. When putting in a touch of cumin, the lid came off. I got most out but it is smothered with the taste. How can I salvage it and get some of the cumin taste out?
Salsa Is Too SweetI bought some black bean and white corn salsa. The salsa is a little too sweet for my taste. What can I add or do to it to make it not so sweet?
"Dressing Up" Canned Cranberry SauceI'm looking for ways to "dress up" plain canned cranberry sauce since I won't be making homemade sauce this year. Any ideas?
Strawberry Pretzel Squares by KraftIt's yummy, but I can't get the crust to stay together. Any suggestions? We had this at a local restaurant as one of their signature side dishes. Theirs was better than mine.
Sugar is Too MoistMy sugar is too moist. What can I do?
Homemade Salsa With Too Much OnionWe made salsa, and added too much white onion. Does anyone have suggestions on how to "cut" the onion taste?
Tomato Preserves Didn't Set UpI made tomato preserves last week and it never set up. I made it exactly as the recipe stated. Please tell me what I did wrong and how I can correct it if I did it wrong. I used 4 cups tomato juice, 6 cups of sugar and a lemon wedge.
Keeping Hot Wings CrispyHow do you keep your hot wings crisp and not soft after you put the sauce on it?
Too Much Salt in Homemade Canned SoupMy daughter-in-law and I were canning vegetable soup for the first time. We used too much salt. I don't know if we were both adding it or if I was too heavy handed with the shaker. Well it's canned. Any idea's on how to fix it would be appreciated. Thanks.
Tomato Relish Salsa Too SaltyMy homemade tomato relish salsa is too salty. How do I fix it?
A Remedy for Salty SoupIf your soup is salty, you can steam some veggies like grated potatoes, carrots, celery or use evaporated milk.
How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?I have some regular table salt that became hard. Is there a way I can get it back to its normal state?
Making Canned Chili Taste HomemadeHow do you make canned chili taste like homemade?
Butter Separating from FudgeWhy does the butter keep separating from my fudge? This has not happened in previous years. The one thing that I am doing different is washing down the side of the pan with a pastry brush. The chocolate fudge is with marshmallow creme.
Keeping Pastries from FallingDoes anyone have the secret to high-rise puff pastry? When I take my savory and sweet pies, etc. out of the oven, they fall. What can I do to keep that beautiful high-rise look. Thank you.
Use Larger Egg Shell To Remove Smaller PiecesI dropped a bit of egg shell into something I was cooking. Try as I might, I just couldn't remove it with my fingers, spoon, anything! Then someone told me to just use a larger piece of shell to scoop up the little broken piece.
How Can I Make My Yogurt Thicker?I make goat's milk yogurt, but it turns out thin and not thick like I want. I like spoonable yogurt. Can someone help me without having to put all kinds of preservatives in it? Thanks.
Toning Down the Wine Flavor in Beef BurgundyDoes anyone have a food fix tip to tone down the wine flavor in Beef Burgundy? I just want to mellow it a bit, somehow make it more savory, less biting.Thanks.
Homemade Salsa Too SweetHow can I fix my salsa recipe? It is very sweet from garden grown tomatoes. I have added vinegar and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Dice Whole Canned Tomatoes For RecipesCans of whole tomatoes and whole plum tomatoes were on sale at a store I went to recently. Not diced, stewed, or crushed, just whole. Given the price, I bought quite a few. Wouldn't you know it, every recipe I wanted to try called for diced.
Keeping Onions Crisp When Pickling ThemWill malt vinegar crisp up the onions I am trying to pickle or do I have to start over again? After brining them they have gone soft before putting them in vinegar.
Mustard Greens Taste ScorchedHow do you get scorched taste out of mustard greens?
Fixing Dumplings that Taste BurntHow do I get the burnt taste out of dumplings?
Pudding Didn't Set UpI made vanilla pudding with chocolate soy milk. Instead of using a whisk, I used an old-fashioned egg beater. It tastes fine but the pudding did not set-up like it should have. Any suggestions on what I can add to thicken it?
Rice Is Too StickyMy rice always seems to come out sticky, almost like a glob. It doesn't matter what kind of rice I use, white or brown. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Fantasy Fudge is Too SoftWhy did my fantasy fudge come out too soft?
Softening Hard Coffeemate Creamer My Coffeemate creamer is hard as a rock. Do I throw it away and buy more or can it be softened? If so, how?
Burnt Cream-Based SoupHow do you get rid of burnt taste in cream of broccoli soup?
What Can I Do With Failed Coconut Macaroon Batter?Against my better judgment, I tried a new recipe for coconut macaroons. It called for no egg or flour, and ran all over the parchment paper. I scraped it up and wonder if I could salvage the sticky coconut, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk concoction for some type of dessert.
Homemade Salad Dressing Too ThinWhy does my salad dressing (HV packets and homemade blue cheese) made with anything less than 2% milk and/or low fat mayo not get thick? They are okay when first mixed, but after they are refrigerated, they become thin and very liquid?
Stewed Apples Too SweetI put too much sugar in my stewed apples. How can I correct it?
Fixing Runny Mashed PotatoesThis is a page about fixing mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish. Sometimes you may find that they have become too runny, but there are ways to fix that.
Spaghetti Bolognaise Too SweetI added too much sugar to spicy spag bol. How do I spice it back up, and take the sweetness away?
Fixing Burnt SausageThis is a page about fixing burnt sausage. Sometimes when cooking sausage it can accidentally get burnt.
Mixing Peanut ButterThis page is about mixing peanut butter. If your nut butter is not homogenized and sits for a while, it can separate.
Tips for Thickening ChiliThis page contains tips for thickening chili. Your homemade chili is delicious but too thin.
Hog Maw Too SaltyThe last couple times I made this, it was so salty, without me even adding any extra. What am I doing wrong? All I put in it is potatoes, fresh pork sausage, and pepper.
Fixing Jelly That Set Too HardThis page is about fixing jelly that set too hard. It can happen that your jelly doesn't turn out perfect.
Reviving Hot FudgeThis is a page about reviving hot fudge. There are ways to revive hot fudge sauce that has hardened.
Softening Granulated SugarWhen sugar gets hard, there are ways to make it useful. This page is about softening granulated sugar.
Fudge Too Chocolatey and Not Creamy EnoughI made fudge using dark chocolate chips. I did not use enough marshmallow cream. Is there any way to remake and add marshmallow cream?
Fixing Soup That's Too SweetSometimes your soup is good, but somehow it got too much sweetener. This page is about fixing soup that is too sweet.
Fixing Burnt CookiesThis is a page about fixing burnt cookies. Sometimes cookies come out of the oven too brown. Don't throw them away, they may be salvageable.
Fixing Greasy SoupThis page is about fixing greasy soup. Too much fat or butter can make a soup oily.
Restoring Crystallized HoneyHoney has a tendency to crystallize when stored for a period of time. This is a page about restoring crystallized honey.
Getting Rid of Lumps in SugarThis is a page about getting rid of lumps in sugar. There is an easy way to get rid of lumps in your bag or container of sugar.
Freshening Stale BreadThis is a page about freshening stale bread. Stale bread can easily be refreshed. The birds may complain, but you will save money on your food budget.
Apple Sauce is Too SweetThis is a page about apple sauce is too sweet. Depending on the type of apples you use to make homemade applesauce, it may turn out too sweet.
Fixing Spaghetti Sauce That is Too SaltyThis is a page about fixing spaghetti sauce that is too salty. Sometimes there are ways to save a meal that cooked up too salty.
Keeping Onion and Garlic Powder from CakingThis page is about keeping onion and garlic powder from caking. Once opened vegetable powders often stick together and making it difficult to use.
Fixing Fudge That Didn't SetSometimes fudge just doesn't set. Short of using it for a syrup or spread, you may want to try to fix it and successfully get it to set. This is a page about fixing fudge that didn't set.
Muffins Taste Like Baking SodaThis is a page about muffins taste like baking soda. Occasionally a muffin recipe will not turn out the way you expected, for example with a too strong flavor of baking soda.
Spaghetti Sauce With Too Much BasilThis page is about spaghetti sauce with too much basil. If you don't like too much of one herb in your sauce, you may want to change the flavor.
Fixing Sour JamThis is a page about fixing sour jam. It is disappointing to find that your batch of jam is too sour. There are ways you can fix the jam and save the day.
Fixing Runny JamThis is a page about fixing runny jam. There are several methods you can use to fix jam that does not set up.
Peach Jam Too ThickHow can I rescue peach jam that came out too thick?
Jelly Not SettingThis page is about jelly not setting. Determining why your preserve is not setting up, and if you can fix it is the goal.
Fixing Burnt ChiliThis page is about fixing burnt chili. When some foods are burned there are ways to salvage it.
Fixing Soup With Too Much PepperThis is a page about fixing soup with too much pepper. It is very dismaying to prepare a delicious soup recipe only to find that you have accidentally added too much pepper.
Chili is Too SpicyThis is a page about chili is too spicy. When your chili has too much hot pepper, it may be unpleasant for some people. There are a few ways to temper it down.
Getting the Scorched Taste Out of PreservesThis is a page about getting the scorched taste out of preserves. Don't throw out your preserves because they are a bit overcooked and have a scorched taste. There are some things you can try that may save them.
Reducing Salt in FoodThis is a page about reducing salt in food. When you purchase food with added salt there are ways to reduce the amount you consume.
Removing Excess Grease From PepperoniThis is a page about removing excess grease from pepperoni. Reducing the fat from this meat may help you reduce the calories and improve the appearance of your pizza.
Fix for Salty Marrow Squash JamAny suggestions as to how to turn salty tasting jam (the marrow was initially covered in salt, left for 24 hours then rinsed) into something edible again? It's had all the sugar added and boiled, but just tastes salty!
Fixing A Recipe with Too Much SugarThis is a page about fixing a recipe with too much sugar. When the directions you followed have made your recipe too sweet, there are a few ways to tone it down.
Softening Granulated SteviaThis is a page about softening granulated stevia. This plant based alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners is quite popular. Like its cousins it can become a hard lump when stored.
Macaroni and Cheese is Too DryThis is a page about macaroni and cheese it too dry. Many cooks like their homemade mac and cheese creamy. However, sometimes it comes out too dry.
Fixing Burnt Flavor in Spaghetti SauceThis is a page about fixing a burnt flavor in spaghetti sauce. Spaghetti sauce is notorious for burning if not well tended to. Removing the burnt taste can save your sauce.
Fixing Over Spiced Spaghetti SauceThis is a page about fixing over spiced spaghetti sauce. If your homemade spaghetti sauce has too much of one or more spices, you will want to find a way to tone those flavors down.
Making Spaghetti Sauce Less SweetThis is a page about making spaghetti sauce less sweet. Sometimes homemade spaghetti sauce can turn out too sweet.
Fixing Salsa That is Too VinegaryWhen recipes come out wrong, there are often ways to fix the problems. This is a page about fixing salsa that is too vinegary.
Toning Down Spicy FoodsHomemade or purchased foods may sometimes be too spicy. This is a page about toning down spicy foods.
Add Toppings to Cheese PizzaA pizza with fancy toppings can be quite expensive, it's much more fun and probably cheaper to design your own. If you don't fancy going to the trouble of making one from scratch, just buy a cheap plain ready to cook cheese and tomato pizza and add your own toppings.
Making Canned Frosting Taste More HomemadeWhile canned frosting may be convenient to use it does not always pass the taste test. This is a page about making canned frosting taste more homemade.
Bananas Turning Brown in Banana Cream PieThis page contains several suggestions for ways to keep the bananas in your banana cream pie from turning brown. Think lemon juice or cool pudding. This is a page about bananas turning brown in banana cream pie.
Fixing Chili That is Too SweetIf you add too much sugar or other sweet ingredients to your chili, it may not be a total loss. This is a page about fixing chili that is too sweet.