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How to Neutralize the Sugar in a Tomato Sauce

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Neutralize the Sugar in a Tomato Sauce
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Sugar adds sweetness to tomato sauce and offsets any strong or tart flavors. Adding too much sugar to tomato sauce is not only unhealthy, but also can make the flavor unappetizing. If the sauce is too sugary for your tastes, add lemon to neutralize the sugar rather than throwing out the sauce. Add the lemon in small amounts to ensure a desirable flavor change.

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Step 1

Heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan on a stove-top burner's low setting.

Step 2

Pour 1 tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice into the sauce and stir the mixture until the liquid until you completely combine the liquid.

Step 3

Taste the sauce to determine if the sauce is less sweet.

Step 4

Add additional vinegar or lemon juice 1 tsp. at a time until the sugar taste is neutralized to your liking.

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