A Guide on How to Cook With Wine
Did you know that the oldest wine ever discovered dates back to 7,000 B.C. in ancient China? Clearly, humankind’s love of wine has not diminished over the years.
However, learning how to cook with wine can be a challenge if you don’t know where to start. So, where should you start?
Luckily, you’ve clicked on the right article. From here on, you’ll learn all about how to add wine to your meals the right way.
How to Choose the Right Wine
The first step is choosing the right wine to cook with. Your choice will depend on what kind of food you will be preparing.
Let’s say you’ll be cooking something light like chicken, fish, or anything in a light, creamy sauce. For this type of meal, white wine is ideal, and generally, the best white wine to cook with is dry and refreshing. This is because white wine will complement the delicate flavors of seafood or chicken.
On the other hand, when cooking steak with wine or any other hearty meals, red wine is the perfect choice. A bold, full-bodied red wine is able to bring out the intense flavors of stronger meals that include red meat or tomato sauce.
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How to Cook with Wine
Instead of treating wine like a magical mixture when it comes to cooking, treat it like any other ingredient. For example, instead of using butter or oil to fry up food, why not use wine? It’ll give your food a distinct flavor and aroma right away.
The point of using wine in cooking is to compliment the flavors of the food rather than to cover it up. For this to work, wine needs enough time for its alcohol to evaporate and leave hints of the wine’s flavor behind. Because of this, wine should never be added when the cooking is almost finished.
It takes between 10 and 20 seconds for the alcohol in wine to fully evaporate.
Always follow the amount of wine your recipe asks for, but if you’re not following a recipe, a healthy splash of wine is often enough to improve any dish. Remember that wine is for subtle flavoring and your food should not be swimming in wine.
Wine is delightful when added to marinades and sauces. After simmering for time, the wine leaves behind its unique color, flavor, and smell.
If you want a real challenge, try whipping up a red wine reduction. After enough seasoning and simmering, this red wine sauce will become a delicious, gravy-like concoction perfect for pouring over red meat and vegetables.
Also, if you want to create something with white wine, you can try creating sauce Lyonnaise. It is thicker and creamier than red wine reduction and is made from white wine, onion, and vinegar.
Time to Start Cooking with Wine…
Like a Genius!
Now you know what kind of wine to choose, which wine goes with which kind of meals, and how to cook with wine. If you have any fear of cooking with wine, cast it aside and start experimenting with wine-tinged recipes!