How to Fix a Sweet Taste in Stews

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Taste your stew during cooking to catch sweet mistakes early.
Taste your stew during cooking to catch sweet mistakes early.

Hearty, savory stews are the perfect comfort food for cool weather or whenever you want a satisfying meal, but sometimes cooking mistakes occur. Accidentally tossing in sugar, instead of salt, or using sweet ingredients may leave you with a stew that has an unpleasant or unexpected flavor. You can correct these syrupy mistakes by adding a few ingredients to counteract the sweetness. With some patience and a little extra cooking time, you can serve a perfectly flavored dish regardless of a few errant ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Lemon wedges
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Instructions

    • 1

      Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will offset some of the sweetness. Continue to stir the stew on a low heat for one minute until the vinegar is well-blended.

    • 2

      Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive or butter. Fatty ingredients will cut the sweet flavor.

    • 3

      Ladle individual servings of stew into bowls. Squeeze a wedge of lemon over each bowl. The lemon's natural acidity will brighten the flavor and hide the sweetness.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a few cups of beef broth to your stew if all else fails. This will help dilute sugary tastes.

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