Tips for Cooking with Wine
Interested in using wine in your recipes but unsure where to start? Check out these quick tips for cooking with both red and white wines!
Avoid Poor Quality Wine
Don't cook with wine you wouldn't drink! Lend tasty, satisfying flavors to your dishes by cooking with wines you enjoy. Avoid "cooking wines" as they tend to be low quality and not much cheaper than a reasonably priced drinking wine.
Recipe Wine Pairing
White wines are great for white meats like seafood, pork, poultry, veal, cream sauces and vegetarian dishes. Reds pair well with dark meats and spicy or umami dishes such as beef, tomato-based pasta sauces, duck and stews.
If a recipe calls for reducing the wine, don't skip that step! When you reduce the wine by simmering, the flavor concentrates and intensifies while the harsh alcohol edge is softened.
Replace Fats and Oils
If you're trying to reduce fats and oils in your diet, wine makes a terrific replacement. Use your favorite dry white or red wine instead of butter or oil when sautéing mushrooms, onions or in a stir-fry.
Add Wine Slowly
The key to cooking with wine is to add it slowly. Be sure to allow the flavors to develop before using more.
Freeze Your Wine
If you aren't a big wine drinker but like to cook with it, there's no need to throw the rest of the bottle away. Pour the wine into an ice cube tray and bag up the cubes once frozen.