Cooking With Wine

1 Aug

If you’re going to cook with wine, I’d suggest you get a cheap brand of wine—because it’ll all just probably go into the pot anyway.  I got mine at a local Walmart browsing the alcohol aisle—and I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for.

I mean great googly moogly—there are so many to choose from!  What’s the big difference between all the different types and brands anyway?  The recipe called for “white wine”, so I grabbed a white wine once my eyes could zero in on any particular one.

I’m not very experienced with wine or wine-cooking, but I remember when I first came across a recipe I wanted to try that called for a white wine.  Though I went to the store to get the necessary ingredients for making the recipe, I couldn’t help but think my food was going to have a strong taste of alcohol and reek of the stuff.

How wrong I was, indeed.  I mean, I even had one recipe that called for a whole bottle of wine and had the fish floating inside an entire pot of it boiling away—but when it was all said and done I couldn’t taste any alcohol in the fish at all.  Go figure.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, give cooking with wine a try and see how you like it—whether you put the wine into a recipe or whether you drink it as you cook along makes no difference—it’s still “cooking with wine.”

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Makes you wonder why a recipe calls for 1/2 cup wine during the cooking process if you can’t really tell a difference from if you hadn’t cooked with it at all.

29 Responses to “Cooking With Wine”

  1. Afie September 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m a foodie myself and didn’t know much about it either. What encouraged me was some article at WebMD when I was looking for knee pain treatment!! Who would have thought! Here’s some good information:

    • LFFL September 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      Thanks so much, Afie!:)

      • Afie September 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

        You’re very welcome!:)

  2. chateauonthehill August 8, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    It’s weird if you’ve never cooked with wine and you’re not a drinker of alcohol you would think that if you cook with wine, fearing that your dinner would have a hint of a alcoholic taste. I guess thats true for non-drinkers. I’m sure foods that are prepared with wines are delicious and taste better than non-wine food recipes. Good Post LFFL Have a good one

    • LFFL August 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks so much. You as well.

  3. Mustang.Koji August 5, 2014 at 3:18 am #

    I had been instructed to only purchase only the wine that you would…drink.:-) Same for osake (or as some Westerners pronounce it, “saki”). In fact, the best sake are the ones that are served chilled. Hot sake is the cheap stuff, heated to mask the unrefined edges.:-) But in the end, who cares? Buzzzz….

  4. One Gentleman August 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    That’s funny…so the taste completely disappeared, although you had to use more than half the bottle. Lol. Did you prepare a completely different dish this time around, or was it the same fish dish as before?

    • LFFL August 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

      A different one. I know you can taste the wine somewhat in some dishes, but in the recipe I made I couldn’t tell a thing which made me wonder why use it at all. What’s it supposed to do to it?? Who knows. Maybe it’s just me that couldn’t tell. Lol.

  5. My Fashion S/ash Life August 3, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    i’m not experienced in cooking with red wine either and last wk i made a simple summer pasta and added a Port Wine dressing. i must admit, i really didnt like the taste in the end and next time i will stick to my extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, lemon, salt, black pepper etc etc…

    • LFFL August 3, 2014 at 6:36 am #

      I know. Sometimes you can taste the wine and sometimes you can’t when you cook with it. I guess it depends on the recipe. But I think in most cases you can get away with not using it at all when a recipe calls for it.

  6. Abbi August 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Isn’t cooking with wine when you just drink a whole bottle of wine while you’re cooking?

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      It could be that, too!:)

  7. Lashes and Dashes August 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Though I am not old enough to drink wine I do cook with it about once a month. I have a wonderful recipe for Chateaubriand that calls for red wine. The red wine really adds something to the dish!

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      That looks good. I’m sure wine does add something to recipes. I just couldn’t tell a difference with the recipes I made. It’s still fun pouring it out of the bottle though to cook with!:) Thanks for this.

  8. Liz August 2, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    wine (or alcohol or bourbon, etc) definitely adds something in cooking or baking. Acid, for one. And richness–think of red wine in chili or stew. Have fun with your discovery:-)

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks for that, Liz. I figured you’d be more knowledgeable than me.:)

  9. melissa nacinovich August 2, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I never know either, I’m not a wine drinker, but I like to cook with it. my favorite: I get that big big jug of white wine, dump it all in a huge pot, and when it’s boilng, add shrimp, lemons and cajun spice. Makes the best shrimp cocktail ever… It’s awesome.

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      Yeah, I’m clueless. I don’t mind cooking with it, I just never know the difference in them all. Sounds like a good bath for the shrimp, too.:)

  10. dawnspitfire August 2, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Love it😀

  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Girl after my own heart – my only proviso when cooking with wine is a glass for the pot and one for the chef……

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      Ah ha!😉

  12. judilyn August 2, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I used to make a very nice Swiss cheese sauce for crab crêpes that called for Vermouth. The flavor of this came through and was quite tasty.

    Virtual hugs,


    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 1:18 am #

      Must have just been the recipes I tried then. I’m sure most food has some hint of the wine that’s true for most cases the reason the wine is used in cooking to begin with.

  13. SAN_jeet August 2, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    A little expansion of my last comment

    Thirsty eyes ,looking for wine.
    bring ,don’t waste in cooking with wine.
    peaceful and calm time .
    Night has a booking with wine

    • LFFL August 2, 2014 at 12:05 am #

      Thanks for the expansion. I was like, huh?? Lol.:)

  14. SAN_jeet August 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    If night has booking with wine then don’t go for cooking with wine

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