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Old 11-27-2008, 12:35 AM
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My wife was making traditional gravy from the fats, oils, and leftover parts of the turkey a moment ago and after seperating and mixing in the rue we discovered there was far too much salt in the gravy, much like a bad freeze dried dinner. Well we never tried this before but I can now say this works, she pealed a small potato and put it in the gravy for a few minutes. She took it out and tossed it in the garbage and the "too salty" note in the gravy was gone! so hmmm. bring an extra potato or two for your meals?

Not sure how this works - but for folks that do cook on the trail - well this is neat.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:46 AM
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My wife was making traditional gravy from the fats, oils, and leftover parts of the turkey a moment ago and after seperating and mixing in the rue we discovered there was far too much salt in the gravy, much like a bad freeze dried dinner. Well we never tried this before but I can now say this works, she pealed a small potato and put it in the gravy for a few minutes. She took it out and tossed it in the garbage and the "too salty" note in the gravy was gone! so hmmm. bring an extra potato or two for your meals?

Not sure how this works - but for folks that do cook on the trail - well this is neat.
Actually, potatoes work OK depending on how much salt you used to season your turkey. It's a bit of a wives tale as some think it's the salt remover. Glad you were able to save it though.
What I do to solve this is adding milk, half and half, or heavy cream. It doesn't take away from the flavor of the broth, it just makes it richer and tastes better by slightly diluting the broth.
Make sure you bring it to a boil and then lower the heat before you add the "roux".
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:46 AM
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If you ever burn the bottom of a nice stew like beef stew, or a thick minestrone or chili you can put a potato in and it will soak up the "Burnt" tasted as well.


Or tell the guests the meat in the soup was "Smoked" first
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Homer - that avatar ..... OH well.


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Default There is no such thing as too much salt on the trail....

When your pack straps are caked in salt and your shirt had white ridges you quickly realize you cannot eat too much salt on a thru-hike
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Old 12-06-2008, 11:00 PM
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Well Iceman, I have been on low sodium off & on ten years now, my doc isn't just telling me to irritate me. I have to stay on the ball here. I was really dissapointed when MH freeze dried meals said they make them that way because atheletes won't have it any other way. So I was really surprised when my wife used that potato for ten minutes and pulled it out and the salt taste was gone.
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