How to Fix Salty Gravy (Yes, It's Possible!)
Good gravy puts that rich, velvety finishing touch on a holiday feast—but what happens when you go a little overboard with the salt? We're here to share just how to make food taste less salty. Give one of these techniques a spin to get your dinner back on track.
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How to Make Gravy Less Salty
Let's first debunk one of the most commonly purported but incorrect solutions: Adding potatoes to overly salty gravy or soup doesn't solve the problem. In his tome What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained, Robert Wolke, professor emeritus in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, conducted multiple controlled experiments with potatoes in both unsalted and overly salty water. While the potatoes absorbed the salty water, they didn't cut the salty taste of the liquid one bit.
So now that you know what doesn't work, let's get down to the business of how to fix over-salted gravy (and other sauces, too!)