It is terrible to see food go to waste. But this is almost inevitable to kitchen newbies like me. I remember well how I botched up a huge batch of chicken curry for not being wise enough to realize that I wasn’t supposed to use the entire pack of curry mix. My kitchen experience was then only weeks old and most of the dishes I cooked were made palatable by ready-mix sauces and flavorings.
That was years ago, and I have learned quite a few tricks since then. Here are some ways to fix those cooking mishaps:
For watery soup, stir together a tablespoon each of softened butter and flour, then whisk into simmering soup.
Did you burn the rice? Don’t throw them all. Place the heel of a loaf of bread on top of the rice and cover for 5 minutes to absorb smoky smell. Carefully remove rice, leaving burned pieces in the pot.
Whirl overcooked veggies into a smooth side dish by pureeing them with a bit of cream or yogurt
Broken cookies are perfect for making trifles or topings for ice cream. Layer the pieces with whipped cream and fruit in a glass bowl to make a trifle
Did your sauce turn out too sweet? Just add a dash of vinegar or lemon juice to neutralize the sweetness.
Do you have any fast fixes for kitchen flops you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!