Saturday, April 10, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not completely cook out of foods

I decided to make my first recipes using wine while I was pregnant. I was assured by a friend and my mom (both don't drink) that it cooks right out. Well, seeing how I was pregnant, that was the dumbest time to try that, eh? I wanted to be sure of how long it takes for it to cook out. Guess what I found when I googled it?

"A study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory calculated the percentage of alcohol remaining in a dish based on various cooking methods. The results are as follows:

Preparation Method Percent of Alcohol Retained
alcohol added to boiling liquid & removed from heat 85%
alcohol flamed 75%
no heat, stored overnight 70%
baked, 25 minutes, alcohol not stirred into mixture 45%
baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into mixture:
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 1.5 hours
  • 2 hours
  • 2.5 hours

This is a well-published study, but its still almost "common knowledge" that alcohol "cooks right out." This is important for recovering alcoholics to keep in mind.

There are many substitutions for wine in recipes. See:
Alcohol substitutions in recipes.
Yahoo! Answers I
Yahoo Answers II
I think, for people like me who don't even drink wine, what's the point of putting it in a recipe if you're not attached to it, and therefore its not going to make it "delicious" to you?

wine contains sulfites

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