Cooking With Wine
Updated: May 31, 2022
Adding wine can enhance the flavor of your food whether you are slow-cooking or adding a splash to deglaze a pan. The alcohol evaporates and only the flavor remains. Keep in mind residual alcohol could be left depending on the amount of alcohol you use and how long it cooks. This is something to consider and proceed cautiously if children will consume the food.
The following are more tips when cooking with wine:
The wine you use needs to be drinkable. If you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it.
Avoid using wine for cooking after it has been open for a week.
You can use white and red wine to cook.
Avoid using wine labeled "cooking wine". Usually, it is of poor quality.
Don't go super expensive either.
Generally use wine that tastes good to you.
Use a splash of wine to deglaze a pan. This is the easiest way to begin.
Pinot Grigio and Merlot are the most versatile, but have fun experimenting.
Sherry is a great way to add just a touch of sweetness.
Simmering wine to make a reduction will bring out the dominant flavor.
Avoid using oaky wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They will become bitter when cooked.
A wine-based marinade will tenderize meat, but a word of caution. Be careful not to marinate for more than a couple of hours. The meat will taste "gamey" and also discard the marinade.
Leftover chicken or beef stock can be cooled, mixed with wine, and frozen in ice trays to use later.
The Antioxidant Effect
Many doctors believe there is a link between the antioxidants in red wine and increasing good cholesterol, HDL levels. They also suggest that antioxidants protect again cholesterol buildup. Red wines contain antioxidants that are considered heart healthy. These antioxidants may prevent coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attacks. The effects of antioxidants in red wine are still being researched. As a word of caution, the American Heart Association does not recommend you start drinking just to increase your heart health. Moderation is key when consuming any alcohol.