Everyone has done it . . . over, under, or off-seasoned a dish. After taking the time and effort to prepare dinner, it is ruined! Or is it?
Luckily, an excess of one flavor can be masked or balanced by another. Learning to do this is an important skill for both home cooks and professionals. Easier said than done? Not if you learn the SIX basic flavors and how to balance them with the THREE natural flavor correctors found in your kitchen!
The Holy Trinity for correcting flavor is sugar, salt, and lemon juice. One of these is always a good first bet for all seasoning mistakes! But salt is the real superhero, because it brings out the best in all other flavors.
Most dishes shine when tastes are balanced, but not necessarily equal (think pinch of salt in a chocolate chip cookie). A dish may (or may not!) taste off when one ingredient is too prominent (too garlicky, too lemony). When flavors taste off, turn to The Flavor Wheel™ . . .