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WATCH: Too Salty? Too Spicy? These Quick and Easy Fixes Will Save Over-Seasoned Dishes

Help is on the way!

It happens to the best of us. One thing leads to another—perhaps you get a little too generous with the salt or a little heavy handed with the sugar—and the next thing you know, dinner is off balance and nearly inedible.

Well fear not, because help is on the way.

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The folks at Food52 recently consulted Dinner Illustrated, a new book from the editors of America’s Test Kitchen, who had plenty of advice for salvaging over-seasoned dishes.

From too-salty stews to overly sweetened chillis, read on for easy fixes for your culinary woes. Just remember not to over-correct. Start small, y’all!

If your food is too salty:

Add an acid such as lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar; or a sweetener like sugar, honey, maple syrup, or fruit jam.

If your food is too sweet:

Mix in an acidic component like lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar; chopped fresh herbs, citrus zest, or a pinch of cayenne for savory dishes, liqueur or instant espresso for sweet dishes.

If your food is too spicy or acidic:

Situations like these call for fat. Try adding butter, olive oil, heavy cream, cheese, or sour cream; or sweetener like sugar, honey, maple syrup, or fruit jam.

If your food is too rich:

Acid saves the day yet again. Throw in a dash of lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar, or pickled vegetables (such as jalapeños).

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