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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:43 AM

I made my first batch of red sauce without salt...

found unsalted tomato paste when I never noticed it at the store before. Naturally, it costs more.

Cooked everything low and slow and it smelled good all day. But I couldn't eat it without a little salt on it. It was sorta bitter. Next time, I'll try half unsalted and half regular.

My regular sauce is not nearly as salty as my mom's and she salts the pasta water as well. We can't eat hers anymore! We need a happy medium.

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Reply I made my first batch of red sauce without salt... (Original post)
Phentex Apr 2012 OP
april Apr 2012 #1
Phentex Apr 2012 #4
Juneboarder Apr 2012 #19
grasswire Apr 2012 #2
Phentex Apr 2012 #5
grasswire Apr 2012 #3
Phentex Apr 2012 #6
hedgehog Apr 2012 #7
Phentex Apr 2012 #9
WhollyHeretic Apr 2012 #10
hedgehog Apr 2012 #12
kas125 Apr 2012 #13
hedgehog Apr 2012 #8
Denninmi Apr 2012 #11
Lugnut Apr 2012 #14
NJCher Apr 2012 #15
Phentex Apr 2012 #17
EFerrari Apr 2012 #16
Phentex Apr 2012 #18

Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:39 AM

1. if it is bitter

I always put a spoon of sugar in my red sauce/ esp if using canned tomatoes or paste

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Response to april (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:51 PM

4. Thanks. I should have remembered that...

I will next time!

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Response to april (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 12:38 PM

19. Sugar??

Try honey next time!!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:11 PM

2. try grating a carrot into the sauce to cut the bitter

You won't notice it.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:52 PM

5. Will do that too!

Did I see this tip before? I need to save them!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:12 PM

3. low-sodium olives cost more too

crazy

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Response to grasswire (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:53 PM

6. Demand I guess...

this particular store is getting better about no salt options. My kids swear that I bought no salt tortilla chips years ago (that they did NOT want to eat, lol). Now I can't find them anywhere. But they are processed to death anyway so we're supposed to avoid.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:29 PM

7. I love no-salt tortilla chips! Even if I sprinkle a little grated cheese or salt

on them myself, that's far less sodium than comes with salted chips!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 05:19 PM

9. Where do you find them?

grocery store? Is there a well known brand?

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Response to Phentex (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:12 PM

10. The Whole Foods near me always has them

I don't remember the brand though

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Response to Phentex (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:40 PM

12. We have a chain here centered on Rochester NY - Wegman's - that carries

several brands. Check the organic food section.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 01:14 AM

13. In my local store, there isn't a well known brand in the snack section, but

there are no salt chips in the ethnic foods aisle.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:31 PM

8. I've been cutting back on salt in my cooking for years -

people can always add salt at the table to taste. The result is that if I eat processed food now, it makes me extra thirsty!

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:00 PM

11. You should also try sour salt (Citric acid).

A little dash of that in things really does help give a bit of a zing to them.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 02:16 AM

14. I can't make a red sauce that I like.

If I start the sauce with olive oil and chopped onions it's decent becase the sugar from the onions helps to sweeten it. My mother-in-law swore by using a few cans of Hunt's Tomato Sauce, some seasonings and grated Romano for her sauce. It's pretty good.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 07:34 PM

15. I ordered this salt substitute

We cut out the salt last fall and any condiments, like catsup, I buy in the no-salt version. Yes, the Heinz version of no-salt catsup is also more expensive.

This last bottle I purchased, however, was "salted" with something called "AlsoSalt." I ordered some, but it hasn't arrived yet.

Here's what Dr. Gourmet says about it (that it doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste).

I like it in the catsup--don't notice a difference between AlsoSalt and regular salt.


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:20 AM

17. Thanks!

I can't stand one of the no-salt subs we have now because of the metallic taste. I'd like to try the AlsoSalt.

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Response to Phentex (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 11:35 PM

16. Doing half and half is a good idea imo, gives your palate a little time to catch up. nt

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:20 AM

18. Yep...

we don't have to be completely no salt so I think that may be my best bet.

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