It happens pretty often that store-bought or self-made tomato sauce tastes a little too acidic. When it’s too acidic, it might not fit well in the recipe that you’re trying to make, leading to an end result that you and your guests may not like.
Luckily, there are a couple of ways to make your tomato sauce less acidic. You can remove the acidic flavor altogether, but you can also add some sweetness to neutralize the pH.
Tips to make tomato sauce less acidic
Thankfully, there are many great solutions that could potentially remove the acidic flavor from your tomato sauce.
1. Add a little sweetness using sugar
If your tomato sauce tastes too acidic, consider adding a bit of sugar to your sauce. This causes a change in the pH of your tomato sauce, which will lead to a less acidic taste.
There’s no set amount of sugar you should add, but we recommend adding small amounts while you keep tasting your tomato sauce until it starts tasing a little sweeter.
2. Use baking soda to neutralize the acidic flavor
Baking soda is another ingredient that can change the pH of your tomato sauce. Just like with sugar, add a teaspoon at a time and keep tasting your tomato sauce until it doesn’t taste to acidic anymore. At the same time, this will also make your tomato sauce thicker.
3. Cover the acidic flavor using butter
A third way of removing the acidic flavor of tomato sauce is by using butter. Add a small pat of butter into your tomato sauce and stir it through.
The creaminess of the butter will cause the acidic flavor of your tomato sauce to disappear. If you still want to add some sweetness, you can still add a bit of sugar.