Fixing A Recipe with Too Much Sugar

December 3, 2018

How can I reduce sugar in a brown sugar syrup? It tastes too sweet, but I am not sure how to reduce the sweetness and still keep the same consistency. I made it from recipes I found on line, but really need it to be less sweet.



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December 3, 20182 found this helpful

Add some citrus juice.


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December 4, 20182 found this helpful

Start small as it can go sour fast. A drop or two of lemon or orange or lime juice should work.

Taste literally after each drop, and by drop I mean an eye dropper drop.

April 20, 20190 found this helpful

That was very good I will try the same for my lemonade, thank you and have a lovely day and I always say
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It is very hard to say but is very easy to me because I have learned so many time. Any ways it is very good.


Thank you

September 20, 20190 found this helpful

This was perfect!! I made some egg drop soup and the amount of sugar in the recipe was too much for my taste. One drop of lemon juice did the trick! Thanks.

October 9, 20230 found this helpful

also bitter cocoa nibs also cut the too sweet taste down

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September 29, 2009

I added too much sugar while cooking turnip greens. Is there any way to tone the sugar taste down? Sort of like you do when you add a potato if you've added too much salt.

By Carolyn Phillips from Shreveport, LA


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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

I suggest to add more water to them let boil a few minutes then drain. If you want more water add more. I like bread in it.

September 30, 20090 found this helpful

Vinegar would counteract the sugar to make sweet & sour greens.

September 30, 20090 found this helpful

Was afraid to add vinegar so went with the "add more water" route. It worked! I drained them, added more water and boiled the fool out of them for about 5 min, then drained again.


Thank you so much. I had too much cooked to just throw away.

September 30, 20090 found this helpful

It's so much healthier to just steam those greens and don't add sugar. Just use a little butter, salt & pepper on them when you eat them (light on the butter). They are loaded with iron and so good for you.

July 12, 20180 found this helpful

I was afraid to add vinegar also, so I just drained and added new water boiled for 5 mins. Then drained and added new water again with salt and garlic powder boiled for 20 minutes.


They are delicious. Thanks.

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February 25, 2016

How can I fix the problem when I put too much brown sugar in my sweet potatoes? Will salt work?


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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

There are a few simple solutions to correct the problem with too much sugar added to your food.

  • Try adding 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt for each cup of food. Stir with a wooden spoon to fully combine the salt in the food. Continue adding the salt a little at a time until you have neutralized the sweetness.
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  • If it is salad, potato dishes, or rice dishes add vinegar with these foods. They will counteract the salt in the food. Use either red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • You can also double your recipe and don't add the sugar.
  • If you add rosemary, oregano, herbs de Provence, thyme, basil or tarragon this will reduce the sugar in the foods taste.
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July 4, 2014

How do you counter balance when you have added too much sugar to a recipe?

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September 7, 20150 found this helpful

Used a Brunswick stew recipe that called for brown sugar. With tomatoes, made way too sweet. Checked your site to see how to tone it down.


Used couple of spoons of white vinegar and lemon juice. Seems to help. Will let you know when I serve it tonight.

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