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Old 01-22-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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Too much pepper in my soup. Help!

I added too much pepper to a vegetable soup. Does anyone have tips on how to correct it?

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Old 01-22-2005, 01:44 PM   #2
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oh dear!
I know that if you add potatoes to over-salted it helps, but.....

Only thing I can think of is strain the veggies & redo the broth :(
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Old 01-22-2005, 01:48 PM   #3
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you can always add more water and veggies to thin the pepper flavor.
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:38 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by jkath
I know that if you add potatoes to over-salted it helps(
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With salt, and I would say pepper or other spices as well, for the most part, the best way to reduce the amount without affecting the integrity of the dish is to make up another batch without the offending ingredient or at least a lot less of it. Then combine the two.
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Old 01-22-2005, 09:37 PM   #5
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GB is correct. Dilute the soup, or turn it into a stew, letting the added starch help mask the pepper. Or, make the soup a pepper flavored soup, like pepper-pot-soup.

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Old 01-23-2005, 01:50 PM   #6
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Besides what's been already mentioned, cooking it longer might help. Pepper has volatile compounds that are driven off with prolonged cooking - which is why it's very important to adjust the seasoning at the end.

The veggies will go mushy and you'll lose other flavors, but the pepper note will be less pronounced.
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