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Help - tomato sauce for meatballs too sweet

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ridingsixwhitehorses Sat 18-Jun-16 17:02:39

I think I added too much sugar. Any ideas to take the edge off the sweetness please. It has tinned tomatoes, sugar, herbs, chillies, red wine, tomato purée. And is to go with very garlicky pork meatballs.

TheDisreputableDog Sat 18-Jun-16 17:04:04

Something acidic.... Squeeze of lemon/white wine vinegar?

DubiousCredentials Sat 18-Jun-16 17:04:14

I would just leave it. I'm sure it will be fine and attempts to rescue it could ruin it in my experience! Why would you put sugar in tomato sauce anyway?

DubiousCredentials Sat 18-Jun-16 17:04:34

Or make a fresh batch.

OurBlanche Sat 18-Jun-16 17:05:56

Bit of red wine vinegar... more tomato puree

I usually go for the obvious and add lemon juice, but that's cos I always have a bottle of it in the fridge.

VulcanWoman Sat 18-Jun-16 17:06:59


Artandco Sat 18-Jun-16 17:07:49

Onions. But you usually start with onions to make a tomato sauce. Why do you add sugar?

randomsabreuse Sat 18-Jun-16 17:09:22

Salty stuff - Worcester sauce, soy sauce or similar.

Wherewouldibe Sat 18-Jun-16 17:11:03

Balsamic vinegar and tinned tomatoes. Beaut!

Xmasbaby11 Sat 18-Jun-16 17:11:46

Tomato sauces often have a teaspoon of sugar added to take the edge off the acidity of tomatoes.

I'd add something salty.

BurningGubbins Sat 18-Jun-16 17:11:59

I second Worcestershire sauce.

I always put sugar in tomato sauces to cut the acidity. Try it, those who haven't heard of it!

Artandco Sat 18-Jun-16 17:18:57

Sugar only needs to cut acidity if you are trying to speed cook it though. A tomato sauce cooked with time with naturally get rid of acidity

OurBlanche Sat 18-Jun-16 17:20:07

But a bit of sugar makes the garlic so much garlickier....

ridingsixwhitehorses Sat 18-Jun-16 19:15:15

Vinegar has worked a treat. Thanks

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