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I use peri peri sauce for grilling chicken, but it's coming out to be too sour. How can I neutralize the sauce?

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Use a recipe with less acid (typically lemon juice in the peri peri recipes I just googled), or reduce the acid in your current recipe. –  SAJ14SAJ Aug 11 '13 at 20:02
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There is really no way to reduce the acidity in a marinade or sauce without creating undesirable flavor compounds. Adding a base would neutralize the acid but would also produce salts which don't taste so good.

If you are making a marinade then simply add less acid to it, however if you are using bottled sauce then you have a few options to deal with the excess acidity:

  • Add some water: thin the mix out, and you will reduce the acidity. You will reduce the overall level of flavor but at least it won't make the chicken too vinegary
  • Marinade using less sauce: Less sauce = less acidity
  • Marinade for less time: this will mean less acidity, but less penetration of the flavors into the chicken
  • Add some sweetener: this will not reduce the acidity but will balance it out

If it were me I'd combine some of the above, I'd add some sugar and maybe a bit of water until it's a bit weaker.

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