Cooking With Alcohol : Rules and Tips

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Cooking With Alcohol : Rules and Tips

Liquor and Liqueur can add fun dimensions to the dishes you know and love, or open doors to things you’ve never tried. However, it’s not for everyone. Common belief is that the majority of the alcohol in a dish burns off when cooked properly. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this is not true in most cases – no matter if you boil, saute, broil, or bake, some of the alcohol percentage still remains.

If this is a concern for you, there are a few possible substitutions (as long as the alcohol is not a main ingredient in the dish). For example, white grape juice can be used to prepare fish. Lemon, lime, apple, and cranberry juices are also acceptable substitutes in some recipes.

If it’s not a concern for you, read on!! We have some fun tips ( as well as a couple of important rules) for you.

Rule #1: Most consider this the Golden Rule of cooking with alcohol. IF YOU CAN’T (OR WOULD NOT) DRINK IT, DON’T COOK WITH IT!!!

Rule #2: If you’re using it in any kind of cream sauce, burn the alcohol off before you add it to avoid curdling.

Now on to some fun tips

A good way to avoid waste is to buy minis. You can also freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays for later use! Also, if you make a stew, broth, soup, or sauce with alcohol, add a touch more right before you serve it. This will really enhance the flavor.

Enough of that, we’re sure you’re ready for a new recipe. Try this glaze next time you grill some pork chops…you won’t be disappointed!!

Red Wine and Creole Mustard Glaze

• 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
• 1 tbsp shallots, minced
• ½ tsp. garlic, chopped
• 1 c. dry red wine
• 2 c. chicken stock
• ¼ c. Creole mustard (or other spicy whole grain mustard)

Heat the oil in medium pot over low heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté for about two minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to a thick glaze, about 20 minutes. Add the chicken stock and the mustard, stir, and bring to a simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes, remove from heat, and brush it on your pork chops before grilling!


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