If you’ve left some soup on the stove for a little too long, lift out the parts that haven’t burned and stuck to the saucepan — it will still taste fine.
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It might seem like your meal has been ruined, but there’s no need to toss out your burned up soup yet. Candy Argondizza, the vice president of culinary and pastry arts at the International Culinary Center, suggests carefully removing what you can:
…here’s what not to do: scrape up whatever burnt foods have stuck to the bottom; they will just help spread the burnt flavour throughout the dish. Instead, turn off the heat and carefully ladle as much soup as you can into another vessel, avoiding any that may have adhered to the pot itself. Then, assess: if what you’re left with still tastes charred, you might be able to offset the bitterness by adding a bit of honey, sugar or even caramelised onions.
Avoid those burned bits and your soup should still be ready to serve. You might have a little less than you planned on, but some soup is better than no soup at all.
This can also work for other dishes like rice and chilli, so don’t toss out what you’ve burned until you at least give it a taste check. There are a lot of ways for a home cooked meal to go wrong, but there’s always a way to save some of it .
What to Do When You Totally Burned Dinner [Huffington Post]