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Old 05-20-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Too much sugar in pasta sauce

I followed a recipe for pasta sauce that I found online but I followed the advice of several reviewers who said to add 1/2 cup sugar to the sauce to cut the acidic taste. Well, as you probably know, this was way too much sugar even for a huge recipe like this.

Does anyone have suggestions for how to make this sauce edible? The over all flavor is great just too sweet. I hate to throw it out.

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Old 05-20-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Do you have lemon juice? I can't think of anything else off hand that would not change the flavor profile, too much.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Honestly, all I can think of is to add pectin and turn it into tomato jam. That's an awful lot of sugar. How much sauce does the recipe make?
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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The best thing to do is to make other batch or a double batch without any sugar, and add it to this one.

Lemon juice or vinegar might work, but it would probably call for an overload to balance out all that sugar.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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Yet another reason to never use sugar in tomato sauce.

Your best bet is to try to dilute it by adding more tomato and other ingredients.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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Something acidic. I wonder how many of these sugar-added tomato sauce recipes are of real early origin. Most tomatoes today have had so much acid bred out of them that the old canning wisdom for tomatoes has changed.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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1/2 cup = 24 teaspoons. I add <2 teaspoons per two 28 ounce cans of tomatoes.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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For an ingredient such as sugar in tomato sauce, I'd treat it like salt - add a little and taste. Repeat as necessary.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #9
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For an ingredient such as sugar in tomato sauce, I'd treat it like salt - add a little and taste. Repeat as necessary.
In NY some people ask 'How's your hammer hanging'; is that an expression you've heard in your neck of the woods ?
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:37 PM   #10
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No. I don't know what it means or its relevance here. Please explain.
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