We've all burnt food once or twice... or often. Sometimes, the food is too far gone and there's no way in hell you're salvaging it. But if it's simply on the verge of being too burnt, try this industry trick: freeze it immediately.
Picture: John Loo
When something like nuts, tart shells, coconut, or breadcrumbs were roasting in the oven and went just a bit too far — they reached that deep, dark colour and nutty smell that comes right before burning — we immediately plunged them into the freezer to instantly stop the cooking process. This quick change in temperature instantly halts the cooking process, stopping burning in its tracks.
You can easily use this industry hack at home. The next time you bake or roast something a bit too far — when it's almost burnt — try it out. The key is getting the food off its very hot cooking tray onto a cool one, and then getting it into the freezer as soon as possible.
Your mileage is definitely going to vary with this one, depending on just how "almost burnt" your food is. Obviously, most of us don't have a commercial blast chiller in our kitchen, but you might be able to save overdone food by plunging it into your freezer as soon as you remove it from the heat. Of course, you want to make sure your cooking vessel can stand the sudden change in temperature.
Check out the full post over at Epicurious.
How to Save Almost Burnt Food [Epicurious]