These Cooking Tips Can Save An Underseasoned Dish

You can do one of three things to save your bland meal.

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One of the most challenging things for any cook to do is to season their food perfectly.

While you can season a dish to your taste, what's hard about doing this for other people is the fact that different people have different opinions about how well seasoned a dish is. Everyone has different levels of taste! What may be perfectly seasoned for one person may be too salty for another person and may even be not salty enough for someone else. 

This doesn't excuse any cook from committing one of the biggest sins in the kitchen: not seasoning their dishes. If you watch cooking shows, you know that not seasoning a dish right can send that chef home! 

However, if you taste your dish and discover that you didn't add enough salt to your dish, don't serve it until you've fixed it! Adding salt to a dish at the end of cooking can save your dish from being too bland. If however, you discover that adding a little more salt is just going to make your dish saltier rather than more flavorful, there are three cooking tips you can use that might save your bland dish. 

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1 Make a flavorful sauce. 

One way of fixing this bland meal is to serve it with a flavorful sauce. If your dish doesn't already have it, making a sauce can save it by introducing a flavorful addition to the dish. Think of a Salisbury steak or burger steak without the sauce. It may be delicious on its own but if you happened to under season the burger, you may be looking for the sauce to help complement it to make it more delicious. 


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2 Reduce the liquid. 

If your food has been simmering in a sauce or a soup, another way to make your bland food more flavorful is to reduce the liquid it's in. What reducing the liquid will do is concentrate the flavors of your broth or sauce, and it's actually easy to do. Just put your food back on the stove and simmer the liquid until it's thickened slightly. Give it a taste and you'll see that what was once a soupy liquid with your dish is more flavorful when the extra water has been evaporated, leaving just flavors more pronounced than before. 


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3 Add a concentrated mixture.  

When you have a sauce that can neither be thickened anymore or a soup that can no longer be simmered down, turn to concentrated mixtures that automatically add flavor to a dish, such as bouillon cubes and stock granules. Since stocks are usually the base of most dishes and these are concentrated, it's easy to add too much so add it gradually so you won't overdo the seasoning. 


As always, taste your dish before adding more so you avoid overseasoning your formerly underseasoned dish.  

If you think about it, it's actually better to underseason your dish that to overseason your dish. Being cautious about adding too much salt is a mark of a conscientious cook but beware that you don't forget to taste your dishes before serving. If you do however find yourself with a dish that's underseasoned, remember that with a few of these tips in mind, you can save that dish and still serve something delicious to your family and friends. 


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