Video:How to Cook With Alcoholwith Greyson Ferguson
Cooking with alcohol can add rich, nuanced flavor to a dish, if you use it properly. Here are some tips for cooking with alcohol.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Cook With AlcoholHey guys, Greyson Ferguson here with About.com. Today we'll be discussing how to cook with alcohol.
Use Spirits in Heavier Dishes When Cooking With AlcoholIt is possible to cook with just about any form of alcohol, from brandy to rum and beer to wine. Alcohols with a higher alcohol content, such as gin, rum and whiskey are generally used with meat.
This is typically because it takes the meat longer to cook and helps ensure most of the alcohol burns off. However, do take note that unless you have the meal cooking for several hours, all of the alcohol is most likely not going to cook out.
Wine and Beer Are Often Used in Sauces When Cooking With AlcoholWine and beer are used in sauces and other meals that don't take a long time to cook. With a large variety of both, you can almost infinitely change your recipe in subtle ways by using a different kind or brand of beer and wine.
When using a wine you need to make sure it is matched correctly with any kind of meat. Red wines are used with beef and heavier meat while white wines are used with fish and chicken.
Use Specific Amounts for Alcohol Types When Cooking With AlcoholWhen using alcohol the overall amount is going to vary, depending on the recipe. With beer, you typically use just a full bottle and with wine you use a cup or so of wine.
However, higher alcohol content liquors are used in lower amounts as you don't want to overpower the flavor of the meal with the alcohol taste.
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