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Food Q & A

September 28, 1999

If you add a potato to soup will it soak up the excess salt?

Lyn Dunham, a reader from Falling Waters, W.Va., asked us if there's any truth to an old tip she's heard for getting rid of excess salt in food.

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She heard that if a raw potato is sliced and put into the food, such as soup, it will absorb the unwanted salt.

"It's more of a wives' tale," says Michael Toth, culinary arts instructor at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown.

Boosting the volume of your soup will help distribute the salt, Toth says. He suggests dividing a batch of salty soup in half, adding stock or vegetables to one half and freezing the other half. When you thaw the other half, don't forget to add stock or vegetables to make it more palatable.

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- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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