Question: I made Navy bean soup with a ham hock and the soup is too salty can I have a remedy to make it less salty?

February 28, 2011


Andrea Kersten Vacek's picture

You can add more of other ingrediants or some other spices like pepper to kind of counterbalance perhaps.

Barnaby Dorfman's picture

It wouldn't be Navy Bean soup any longer, but potatoes can really absorb salt. You might try dicing up 1-2 and adding to the soup, then cooking until the potatoes are tender.

In the future, you can soak ham hocks in cold water to remove salt. Change the water a couple of times until you reach the desired salt level.

Barnaby Dorfman's picture

Great! Let us know how it works out. Oh and you will likely want to add more water because the potatoes will thicken the soup too.

Patricia Turo's picture

You can soak the ham in water to remove some of the salt. This is done with fish and I've had to soak Prosciutto when using in soup also.


msmith's picture

Peel and quarter a couple of potatoes. Cook and allow them to soak up salt. Remove potatoes from soup and save to use later. Hope it comes out ok.

Janelle Allen's picture