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How to salvage a sauce gone wrong

I have a very artistic and talented daughter in law.  She is not afraid to try making or doing anything.  This weekend she decided to try making an Apricot glazed pork roast.  Sounds delicious, yes?  She pulled out a cook book and began putting it together, except I guess I kept distracting her by  talking too much.  When I looked at her funny as she began to add a bottle of vinegar, she hesitated and gave me a questioning look.  I asked, how much vinegar does it call for?  She said, 12 oz, that's about how much is in this bottle.  Hmmm.  Okay.

She poured it all in and started adding the other ingredients.  It began to smell pretty good, except you can imagine what I was still thinking about so much vinegar.  After it had been boiling for a while, she wondered out loud if it would taste good.  I boldly suggested she taste it.  I just about fell out of my chair laughing when she caught her breath and started coughing from the strong vinegar taste!  It was hysterical.  She looked a bit surprised and when she rechecked the recipe book... realized she had been combining two recipes and had read 12 ounces apple cranberry juice as 12 ounces of vinegar and missed the 1 tablespoon wine vinegar.  After a good side splitting laugh fest, we began to figure out how to salvage the sauce.  With a LOT of brown sugar and boiling it down until it reduced to a thicker liquid it tasted pretty good.  A lot like a sweet and sour sauce off a China buffet. The men didn't know any difference and raved over her sauce during dinner.  So, now, she is going to write up her recipe as an original by default. 

You can find the original recipe in the Better Homes & Garden Cookbook for a Rhubarb-Glazed Pork Roast followed by an Apricot-Glazed Pork Roast.  Just substitute about 4 cups frozen apricots for the rhubarb, skip the frozen apple cran berry juice concentrate and wine vinegar, add a bottle of vinegar, skip down to the apricot recipe and pick up with the lime juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, then add a box of brown sugar to salvage it and boil until it is thick.  [if you're brave]

1 comment:

  1. This was a cute story... I've had to rescue many a recipe myself, so it was easy to identify with this. Sounds like her recipe mishap had a happy ending..!

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