Usually buy Tesco lean mince, walked past butchers yesterday and thought "that looks nice", same price anyhow. Fried onions, garlic, added the mince, cooked, then a tin of chopped tomatoes and a jar of Ragu plus black pepper, tomato purée, basil, oregano and a punch of sugar. this is the recipe I always do! But it tasted shite and so salty! The butcher said they don't add salt and offered to replace but I'm a bit wary.
Any cure for the saltiness? Honey? Potatoes? Thanks!
I'd be more suspicious of the ready-made sauce and/or can of tomatoes than the minced beef. It's very common in a factory process that the recipe goes wrong from time to time. Extremely unfair to blame your poor butcher. Make your sauce again with zero salt and use passata rather than Ragu. Mix the new sauce with the old sauce. That will dilute the salt... then freeze the spare portion for another day.
I agree with CES. Butcher's mince doesn't contain added salt. It will be the readymade sauce you are using. Bolognese is so easy to make I don't know why you are using a jar of sauce. All you do is fry some onions and garlic, add the mince and brown, then add some tomato puree, a tin of tomatoes and some herbs and a splash of water if too dry. IMO readymade bolognese sauce is a complete waste of money.
Great, milk and potatoes is the way forward! I wasn't blaming Mr Butcher! just it seemed weird that when i changed the mince the taste was totally different. The Ragu was on offer in Iceland...I buy the jarred stuff to bulk the bolognese out a tad as my monsters family eat it more readily than anything (then I add some mixed veggies and hide them in the sauce )