6 Secret Ingredients That Will Make Your Stew Even Better
When your family's standing there waiting for your stew with bowls and spoons in hand, you'll know you've hit the jackpot.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.
The first hint of cooler weather gets everyone ready for that delectable aroma of saucy meat and vegetables simmering slowly on the stove. Here are a few easy tricks for making a smooth, thick sauce for your stew to send the flavor over the top. Looking for our best healthy stew recipes? Here you go!
One of the joys of eating stew is its hearty sauce, which should have more body than regular soup broth. Add a little tapioca to absorb some of the liquid and you’ll end up with a nice, thick broth. Here are more brilliant kitchen hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Instant potato flakes
No leftover mashed potatoes on hand? Use instant potato flakes to add substance to the sauce. They’ll dissolve completely and leave no lumps, resulting in a thicker, heartier sauce with a bit more potato flavor. Check out these cooking tricks that are only taught in culinary school.
Fresh lime juice
Speaking of flavor, it’s amazing what a spritz of fresh lime juice can to do brighten up your stew. Squeeze a little drizzle into the stew at the end of cooking, stir and swoon.
If you’re looking for a darker flavor and deeper color for beef stew, a little bit of soy sauce adds depth and interest. Here are some other pantry ingredients that’ll make your recipes better.
Yes, that’s right. A tablespoon of juice from the pickle jar spooned in 15–20 minutes before the stew is done perks up the taste nicely. Now, let’s just hope you’re not making any of these 50 kitchen mistakes when you’re cooking your stew!