Fixing Soup That's Too Sweet

November 21, 2005

Soup That's Too SweetIf you make soup and it comes out too sweet, just add a little salt or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to it.

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March 12, 2011

I made homemade tomato soup as I can't have salt. It tastes really good, but is a bit too sweet. Vinegar sounded like only thing I could use, but pickle juice is full of sodium.

It was a little thin so I put in a little mashed potato flakes. I used half and half to make it a bit creamier, but help! It's still too sweet. Thanks.

By vivien from Fort Worth, TX


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March 14, 20110 found this helpful

You don't have to use pickle juice if you need vinegar. Just use vinegar. Plain cider vinegar.

March 14, 20112 found this helpful

To cut the sweet taste I always use baking soda. Just a pinch though otherwise it will become bland. Works great if you're making spaghetti sauce also.

March 14, 20110 found this helpful

Lemon and/or lime juice would probably do the trick, too.

March 14, 20111 found this helpful

Be sure you're not using canned tomatoes with added sugar.

April 6, 20170 found this helpful

liquid smoke, a tad

March 29, 20180 found this helpful

OhMy!!! Thanks so much! At one time a "depression era " soup called Beans and Greens was a weekly staple in Italian households.Now.....a delicacy. I have put this together for 60 years.


But, I used a ham bone from an already flavored ham. HUGE,HUGE
MISTAKE ! Idid not get it until it was done. Thanks again for the tip and for saving me $ .

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September 25, 2009

I made some beef soup and one of the ingredients I used was very sweet. I would like to know how can I take the sweetness out?

By mapuana from Graham


September 26, 20090 found this helpful

This happened to me just this week (soup was too salty). what worked well for me was straining about 1/2 of the liquid and replacing it with water.


it sounds kind of wasteful to drain off the broth, but it's a whole lot wasteful than not being able to eat the food.


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September 26, 20090 found this helpful

Add some white potatoes or instant potatoes to it, good luck.

September 28, 20092 found this helpful

Too many onions or carrots will make it taste sweet.

September 28, 20090 found this helpful

Put some canned tomatoes or tomatoe paste in and cook a little more.

October 8, 20090 found this helpful

I like your answer better, thanks, that's what I had to do was to drain some of the liquid and add more.

October 25, 20171 found this helpful

That's what happened to my split-pea with ham soup... too many, and also a vidalia onion to boot!

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January 16, 2013

I made a pot of vegetable soup using soup bones, carrots, potatos, okra, and onion. The spices were two bay leaves, a teaspoon of thyme, a tablespoon of chili powder, a tablespoon of salt, about a teaspoon of pepper, and a couple of squirts of Worcestershire sauce. I also added a can of diced tomatoes but didn't notice until after the fact that they were fire roasted tomatoes. The soup has a sweet taste that is weird and I'd like to get rid of it. Any suggestions?

By Sue


February 9, 20181 found this helpful

The fire-roasted tomatoes may have part of the cause, because I used them also, plus I had a lot of carrots to use up. I added just a little salt, some distilled vinegar, and a pinch each of baking soda & cayenne pepper--then rounded things out, with a tad of lemon juice.


Problem corrected!

March 30, 20180 found this helpful

I used apple cider vinegar and it worked !!!

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