That would depend on the dish, and how over salted it is. When I have over salted something, like meats, I have actually rinsed it off. If it is a soup, you could pour some stock off, and add fresh stock. Sometimes, you can add sugar to counteract the salt. What is it that you over salted?
I know I have read before that if you're cooking a soup that ends of being too salty, you can add a small amount (like a teaspoon each or more) of sugar & vinegar to it, to balance out the taste. As for other types of foods, I'm not sure, but it seems that black pepper also sort of helps combat overly salted foods. The best bet, is to season your food like a granny, a little here and a pinch there, taste test, and add or stop accordingly.
Ah, I enjoy cooking and do it often; I just hate all the dirty dishes that comes with it!
If it's a soup or stew, you can add a potato while it's boiling, and the potato will suck up some of the salt.
It depends on what food one have to cook. My mother showed me few tricks of tackling oversalted dishes. If it is a curry, soup, gravy, etc add some extra water with little spices in it and cook for a while and this will dispel saltiness. If it is meat-dish or vegetable-dish or rice-dish add some extra spices and little water too to counteract the saltiness. Though, I & my mom rarely made oversalted dishes, however we managed to successfully fix the oversalted dishes, using the above-mentioned tips.
If it is a soup, put some diced raw potato in and boil it until the potato is cooked. You can also do this with a stew.
balance out the salt with a little vinegar and sugar.
For the future, add salt in tiny amounts and taste each time after you add salt. Never just add what is said in the recipe, recipe writers use salt to their own taste rather than yours.
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