How to Fix Salsa if You Made It Too Hot

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1-10-2017, 14:00
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Whether you forgot to deseed your peppers or used a tablespoon of cayenne instead of a teaspoon, making salsa too spicy is an easy mistake. However, there’s no need to throw out your dish if tasting it left you with flames shooting from your ears. Try adding cooling ingredients like citrus juice, fruit, or dairy. If you don’t want to get experimental, just make another batch without the spicy ingredients, then combine it with the original batch. You’ll have twice as much salsa as you planned for, but you can easily can or freeze any leftovers.

Taming the Heat

  1. Add more tomato to red salsas. If your salsa is tomato-based, just add a little more chopped tomato. As with any additional ingredient, the amount needed will depend on the size of your batch and how mild you need it to be.
    • Try adding half a tomato for starters, then add more to taste.
    • Keep a glass of milk handy to cool off after your taste tests!   
  2. Grab some citrus, sugar, or honey. Adding acid and sweetness are well known ways to tame a spicy dish. Try squeezing in the juice of a quarter lime and a half teaspoon of sugar or honey.
    • Remember you can always add more, so mix in additional flavors little by little and taste as you go.
  3. Mix in a cilantro and citrus puree. Cilantro and citrus were probably in your original recipe, so adding a little more will help you tone down your salsa without changing it too dramatically. Strip the leaves from a dozen or so cilantro sprigs, chop them coarsely, then blend them with the juice or a lime or an orange.
    • Add a teaspoon at a time until you’ve gotten your salsa under control. If you have any leftover, it’ll make a great condiment for tacos, sandwiches, eggs, and stir fries.
  4. Try chopped cucumber or avocado. Get your salsa cool as a cucumber! Adding cucumber or avocado can ease the heat but, if they weren’t in the original recipe, they might change your salsa’s texture and flavor. If you’re open to a little experimentation, chop up one or both to mix in with your salsa.
  5. Tone down the heat with pineapple, peaches, or melon. As with cucumber or avocado, adding sweet fruits will really switch up your original recipe, but you might come up with something delicious. Try dicing up fresh or canned pineapple, a ripe peach, watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew. Fold the fruit in a little at a time, and stop when you’ve achieved your desired spice level.
  6. Serve a scoop of sour cream. If all you have on hand is sour cream, you’re in luck - dairy is a powerful spice neutralizer. You could just serve your salsa with a scoop of sour cream on top or on the side. If you’re open to making a different kind of dip, mix sour cream into the salsa until you’ve curbed the burn.

Doubling Your Batch

  1. Make another batch of salsa without any spice. If you want to stick with your original recipe, your best bet is to make another batch without the jalapenos, cayenne, or other spicy ingredients. Roast your tomatillos, dice your onions and tomatoes, chop your cilantro, squeeze your citrus, and do any other prep according to your recipe.
    • If you're serving salsa at a party, it might be best to stick to a recipe you know. Tweaking your salsa by adding new ingredients is like an experiment, and you might not want to use your guests as guinea pigs.
  2. Refrigerate your salsa if you need to make an ingredient run. You probably bought the amount of ingredients needed for one batch, so a quick trip to the grocery store might be necessary. If you need to go to the store, just cover your salsa and store it in the fridge.
    • Acid in the salsa helps prevent bacterial growth, but it still shouldn't be left out for more than a couple hours.
  3. Combine your two batches. After you’ve purchased and prepped ingredients for the second batch, mix them up with your super spicy salsa. If you filled up your largest mixing bowl with the original batch, you might have to get creative.  
    • If you have a large stainless steel roasting pan or saucepan, try pouring half of each batch into it. You should then have enough room in your mixing bowl to add the rest of the second batch.
    • Avoid aluminum products, which will react with the acid in the salsa and leave your dish with an unpleasant metallic taste.
    • You could also use the largest freezer bags you have to mix your batches.  
  4. Simmer leftover salsa before canning or freezing it. The main issue with doubling your batch is that you’re left with an insane amount of salsa. Whether you plan on canning or freezing your leftover salsa, you’ll need to simmer it to reduce water content and kill germs, which is an essential part of the canning process.
    • Simmer your salsa uncovered in deep saucepan over low heat, and stir frequently. Depending on your salsa’s water content, simmer it for up to 60 minutes, or until you’ve achieved a thick consistency.
  5. Make sure your recipe is suitable for canning. Salsa needs to be acidic enough to be safely canned, but not all recipes contain enough acid. Your recipe should note whether it’s suitable for canning. If you’re not sure, just freeze it to stay on the safe side. You can store frozen salsa for up to six months.
    • If you accurately doubled the ingredients other than peppers in a suitable salsa recipe, your double batch should still be acidic enough for canning. It's vital to accurately double the acidic ingredients without overdoing the non-acidic ingredients. If you’re not sure about your accuracy, just freeze the leftovers.
  6. Thaw your salsa in the refrigerator. When the time comes to thaw your salsa, the fridge is your best option. Slowly thawing it in the refrigerator will help prevent it from becoming too watery. Most likely, it will still have a little more water content that you want, but you can just strain it to remove excess liquid.
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