EVERYONE likes a good sauce to accompany their Christmas dinner, whether it is cranberry, apple or mint.
But if you are making your own, getting the taste just right can be tricky.
Getty Images There are plenty of ways you can save your sauce if it becomes too sweet
How can I make a sauce less sweet?
Add some citrus
Citrus juice is great for balancing out sugar because it is quite sour.
Make sure you chose a citrus that will work well with the sauce – orange goes well with cranberry, for example.
Add more spice
If you’ve taste tested your sauce and you think it is too sweet, try adding more spice.
Any spice that is bitter, sour or salty will do the trick.
But steer clear of any spice that has a sweeter taste as that will only worsen your problem.
Times Newspapers Ltd A bitter or sour spice will counteract sweetness
Vinegar also works in the same way that citrus works.
Apple cider vinegar is the best option.
Although this trick is best kept to savoury sauces like tomato sauce.
Getty Images Adding a pinch of salt can also balance out sweetness
Use a tangy dairy product
Sour cream, tangy yogurt or creme fraiche can also be used to counteract sweetness.
Make sure you only use this trick in an already creamy sauce though, adding yogurt to a citrus based sauce is a recipe for disaster.
Add a pinch of salt
This trick is all about finding balance.
Add too much salt and your sauce will still be spoiled.
Add little bits at a time and taste test as you go.
Salt may not mask the sweetness altogether, but it will work alongside it to balance it out.
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