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My Dad cooked some meat as BBQ.  It seems that it may have been marked incorrectly because it is very salty & seems more like ham.  He already cooked it before we realized how salty it w
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Getting rid of too much salt

posted at 6/27/2011 7:18 AM EDT
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My Dad cooked some meat as BBQ.  It seems that it may have been marked incorrectly because it is very salty & seems more like ham.  He already cooked it before we realized how salty it was/is.  We know you can put raw potato in with it to try to remove salt, but I am not sure that will be enough.  Does anyone have any other suggestions?  It is a LOT of cooked BBQ meat. 

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posted at 6/27/2011 8:49 AM EDT
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Ihave a friend that adds the salt to her meals .

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posted at 6/27/2011 9:49 AM EDT
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Wow this is a tough one! Since it already inedible,I would probably rinse it off or soak in water strain it and recook it .I really don't know if it will work,but you can't eatit the way it is.If you have dogs I wouldn't give it to them because that's not good for them either.

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posted at 6/27/2011 10:49 AM EDT
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I agree with Gale.  About the only way to get rid of the salt that is there would be to rinse the sauce off the meat and soak the meat in water for a few hours, change the water and soak again for a bit.  You can then add sauce.
The other option would be to make another batch and add no salt and combine the two.

I had the same problem.  I got what was marked as a brisket and it was really a corned beef.  Did not know that until I cooked it as BBQ.  I just tossed the whole brisket out.

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posted at 6/27/2011 12:16 PM EDT
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I can't imagine anything to do except, like Nikki said, buy more of the same thing, use no salt , cook and then combine the two.
If it were not a BBQ you could, cut it into bite size, add potatoes, onions and carrots. 
It might make a good stew.

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posted at 6/27/2011 12:33 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Getting rid of too much salt:
Wow this is a tough one! Since it already inedible,I would probably rinse it off or soak in water strain it and recook it .I really don't know if it will work,but you can't eatit the way it is.If you have dogs I wouldn't give it to them because that's not good for them either.
Posted by gale g


It was not totally inedible... but VERY close.  We took some dried potato (boxed scalloped ones) & tried mixing them in & cooking.
But it was a tedious process & only helped some.  I bought some real baking potatos this morning - he may try more of them.

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posted at 6/27/2011 12:36 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Getting rid of too much salt:
I agree with Gale.  About the only way to get rid of the salt that is there would be to rinse the sauce off the meat and soak the meat in water for a few hours, change the water and soak again for a bit.  You can then add sauce. The other option would be to make another batch and add no salt and combine the two. I had the same problem.  I got what was marked as a brisket and it was really a corned beef.  Did not know that until I cooked it as BBQ.  I just tossed the whole brisket out.
Posted by nikki p


I considered the rinsing, but my Dad didn't really want to "waste" his BBQ sauce.  It is some he makes himself.  But it might be the easiest thing to do in the long run.  I would sure hate to have to thow all of it away.  But I can't eat it.  I am not a big fan of salt to start with.

Re: Getting rid of too much salt

posted at 6/27/2011 12:40 PM EDT
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If you have the receipt return it and the meat to the store.

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posted at 6/27/2011 1:59 PM EDT
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i would take it back to the store its hard to get rid of salt

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posted at 6/27/2011 4:17 PM EDT
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Cooking the meat with raw potatoes is the only way I know of to leach out the salt, besides rinsing and recooking as others have said.   But the potatoes really do soak up a lot of the salt.

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posted at 6/27/2011 7:25 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Getting rid of too much salt:
If you have the receipt return it and the meat to the store.
Posted by Maxine M


I think that is a good idea, but he threw out the wrapper & the trash was picked up.  And don't forget - this is a challenge to "fix" it.  :)

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posted at 6/27/2011 7:28 PM EDT
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This reminds me that we should always shake out our seasoning in our hands & THEN add it!  I blew it last week w/chili powder!

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posted at 6/27/2011 7:29 PM EDT
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Cooking the meat with raw potatoes is the only way I know of to leach out the salt, besides rinsing and recooking as others have said.   But the potatoes really do soak up a lot of the salt.
Posted by H. M

The potatoes have helped, but what do you do with them after?  I won't eat them.  My Dad came up as the youngest of 7 kids.  Nothing ever was "wasted".  I threw some out to see if the squirrels would carry them off.  Or maybe a crow.  He rinsed the meat too.  A long process, to try to salvage as much as possible.

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posted at 7/1/2011 7:23 AM EDT
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He is still eating his not quite so salty BBQ.  I told him that he needed to take it this weekend to a place he was invited for a cookout.
By the time several people "taste" it, it will be gone!   LOL
BTW, the squirrels or something carried off all the salty potatoes.

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posted at 7/1/2011 8:39 AM EDT
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Since you can't bring it back to the store and your father does not want to toss it, I don't know what to tell you.  I would toss it. It is not healthy to eat a lot of salt.  Let us know what happens.

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posted at 7/1/2011 9:34 AM EDT
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never add salt do it later if needed and I use sea salt

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posted at 7/1/2011 12:01 PM EDT
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This is what I  would do... put it in the crockpot until the meat is off the bone and then add more sweet tasting stuff to it like ketchup or molasses to counteract the saltiness.  Make it into a pulled beef type for sandwiches. 

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posted at 7/2/2011 8:35 AM EDT
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He is still eating it.  I am going to push for carrying the rest to where we go this weekend.  Whatever is left, I will find a way to toss out.
I agree too much salt is to be avoided.  But part of the problem was the meat was too salty from the beginning.  Though I can't say that
he did not add more.

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posted at 7/2/2011 9:20 AM EDT
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He is still eating it.  I am going to push for carrying the rest to where we go this weekend.  Whatever is left, I will find a way to toss out. I agree too much salt is to be avoided.  But part of the problem was the meat was too salty from the beginning.  Though I can't say that he did not add more.
Posted by Pat A


Pat, We have all made these mistakes.I remember 32 years ago when my husband and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving and he invited his whole family for dinner.I was twenty two and had always helped my Mom in the kitchen but had never made a turkey on my own.Everything was under control until I tasted my stuffing that was in the bird and it was only half way through cooking,it was way too salty and I ended up unstuffing the turkey and restuffing it with all new stuffing.Needless to say I was freaking out.Everyone had eaten and enjoyed the meal.The  following day My dear Mom in law was bragging what a great cook I was! I pulled that one off my the skin of my teeth! My Mom always told me to error on the side of not salty enough rather than too salty.You can always add more salt but you can't take it out.After all of this I learned a lesson and so did my husband to always ask me before he invites people over for dinner.Smile 

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posted at 7/7/2011 7:33 PM EDT
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I finally threw the rest of it out.  My Dad ate it for a whole week.  He really didn't want me to "waste" it.  But after he went to the kidney Dr & they asked him if he was "staying away from salt", he gave up.  A bargain is not a bargain if you can't use what you got.  Plus all that salt is not good for anyone.

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