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Old 04-09-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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Help Save My Beef Stew

I'm making beef stew, and by accident I put in not just a dash of celery salt, but over a full tablespoon. Now the stew is very bitter.

I removed half the broth and added water, and it is still bitter.

Any way to fix it, or suggestions? Thanks.

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Old 04-09-2015, 03:31 PM   #2
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How long did it cook after the addition of celery salt. If you realized it immediately, you might get away with dumping all liquid and replacing. If not, I would probably divide what you have, freeze it and add some to a new batch, then adjust the seasonings. Maybe a 1 part of this batch to 3-4 parts new batch.

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Old 04-09-2015, 04:25 PM   #3
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I don't think there is anything you can do other than what CraigC suggests. There is an old trick of adding potato to absorb excessive saltiness and flavours, but by all accounts that doesn't really work or at best has a marginal effect. Plus it seems an awful waste of potato.

I have had some slight success at rescuing some meals by adding some honey to the ingredients but monkeying around with the ingredients too much can result in some weird tasting food.

Takeaway/takeout might be seeming very appealing right now........
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC! That's a shame about your stew. I agree with CraigC's recs. Another thought would be to drain, maybe rinse everything well, and start over with the same stuff and a new gravy, maybe add some red wine.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help, everyone. What we eventually did was much like Dawgluver suggested - we drained it and rinsed it, and then simply served the beef and carrots on top of rice.

It was a strange way to prepare the beef, but it turned out pretty well in the end. :-)
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Help Save My Beef Stew

So glad you were able to salvage it! And now you have a new recipe!
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:34 PM   #7
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Glad you could save your stew and have a delicious meal.
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Thanks for the help, everyone. What we eventually did was much like Dawgluver suggested - we drained it and rinsed it, and then simply served the beef and carrots on top of rice.

It was a strange way to prepare the beef, but it turned out pretty well in the end. :-)
Well you did learn a new way of fixing a meal. And other than the broth, nothing went to waste. Good job!

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The may help convince some that adding celery to a sauce tends to add a bitter note.
So says Thomas Keller and I concur.
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The may help convince some that adding celery to a sauce tends to add a bitter note.
So says Thomas Keller and I concur.
I do not like cooked celery and I can't eat it raw. But when I do make a stew or soup, if I have it on hand, I will only add one stalk. But for the past couple of months for some reason celery has not been on my shopping list. I don't consider it a necessary item. And I find that since I can't eat it raw, buying just celery hearts, they sit in my fridge until they reach the stage of brown mush. The only other item I may use it for is tuna salad. And I can use ground celery seed for the flavor. I don't like celery seed.
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