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Balance Flavors with Acid

By Shelley Wiseman, Senior Food Editor

August 29th, 2013

Most dishes are a balancing act of flavors, which is why recipes often instruct you to season to taste with salt and pepper at the end. Many also suggest seasoning with lemon juice or another acid like vinegar. This is because acid plays an important role in brightening flavors if they are flat or bland, reigning in sweetness, or toning down richness, just as it balances the oil in a vinaigrette. So the next time a dish is too sweet or flat or rich, try adding a touch of acid before you reach for the salt.

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