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  At one point in time or the other, you’ve dozed off, lost yourself in a movie, book or phone call while cooking. The unfortunate result was the burning smell that had you running towards the kitchen in panic and frustration. On some of those occasions, you were able to salvage that cooking and on some others, you weren’t.
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Either way, when confronted with burnt food, your first step should always be to take the pot off the heat and your second, to quickly survey the situation and decide the way forward. If the meal looks like it can be saved, give thanks then embark on that worthy mission immediately. If you don’t know how to go about it, well, here are four ways to get rid of the burnt taste from your food: Change the Pot: Are you aware that the burnt odour you’re perceiving might not necessarily be from the food but from the pot? Oh yes, the burnt pot may have most of the fresh food on top, the charred portion underneath and a burnt odour which would get stronger if you continue cooking with that pot. If you simply scoop out food from the burnt pot into a clean one, you’ll be shocked by the world of difference that it’ll make. Just make sure that you don’t scrape anything from the old pot into the new one so that you don’t transfer the burnt taste.
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Put the White Bread on It:  This is tried and true with rice. So, if you burn it, just put a piece of white bread on it. It’ll absorb the burnt flavour. Go for the Potato Fix: You may not have heard of this before but it works. Potatoes are naturally able to absorb flavours and smells. But if your meal already has potatoes, then, nwanne, all I can tell you is eh yah, sorry oh? If you’re still wondering what I mean by that, I’ll tell you. Pour the food away. But if your meal doesn’t have potatoes, then, take some raw ones, peel them and put them in the pot containing the burnt food. Let the food simmer for at least thirty minutes. Take them out for they would have absorbed the burnt flavour from your food. Lest I forget, you don’t have to eat the potatoes if you don’t want to. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends. If you know another hack for removing burnt taste from your food, please share it in the comment section. Sources: Cooking School Knorr Featured Image Source: It’s Gone Wrong App
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This article was first published on 28th October 2021


Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address,

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