10 Simple Cooking Tips to Help Save Cooking Disasters

10 Simple Cooking Tips to Help Save Cooking Disasters

Don’t get caught out with a cooking disaster –follow Victoria’s simple tips and tricks for the most commonly made mistakes and how to avoid them!

No-one can pull the wool over our eyes so easily in the kitchen. However, no-one is perfect: Even seasoned chefs have major or minor disasters from time to time. Find out how they deal with them in our tips.

1. Removing salt

This is a classic cookery disaster – too much salt. For clear soup add three tablespoons of rice in a small bag for 20 minutes. The rice absorbs the salt. For cream soup add a grated potato. Cream and sour cream help in a sauce, honey for vegetables.

2. Beating egg whites

If there is any yolk in your egg whites or there was any grease in the bowl or on your beaters, the egg white won’t stiffen and unfortunately it’s very difficult to save it. A little lemon juice or a tiny pinch of salt can help.

3. Grating mozzarella

As a rule you cannot grate mozzarella. But what if you want to use it on a pizza? Take it out of its packaging, wrap it in foil and pop it in the freezer. After 30 minutes you’ll be able to grate it.

4. Curdled sauce

A sauce that has curdled looks highly unappetising. Add a piece of cold butter to it and beat firmly.

5. The meal is too spicy

If you’ve been a bit too generous with the chilli, add cream, yoghurt or milk to take the edge off it.

6. Pudding won’t set

Gelatine helps if your pudding’s too wobbly: Soften the leaves according to the pack instructions, melt them in hot water and stir the mixture into your pudding. Put this into the fridge until ready to serve.

7. Sauce too greasy

Place some ice cubes in a cloth and hold this in the sauce. The grease hardens and can be lifted out.

8. Overcooked noodles

With pasta every minute counts. One minute too long and it’s overcooked. What can you do? Rinse immediately in cold water and then fry in hot butter in a large frying pan. This makes the noodles more compact again.

9. Keeping rice separate

To stop rice from becoming sticky, place a slice of toast on top of it after cooking. The bread sucks up the moisture and the rice remains beautifully separate.

10. Sauce is too light

Brown a teaspoon of sugar in some oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Then add to the sauce and stir well.

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