November 2008 Archives

Cooking with Alcohol

Alcohol is often used in cooking and baking recipes to cause certain foods to release flavors that would not otherwise be experienced without the alcohol interaction. In some recipes, the alcoholic beverages can help break down tough fibers via marinades, while in others; the alcohol is an essential component to achieve a desired chemical reaction in a dish. For example, wine and Kirsch were originally added to fondue because the alcohol lowers the boiling point of the cheese, which helps prevent curdling.

How to Determine Alcohol Content

If you are going to be attending a beer or wine tasting soon, you may want to know a little more about the alcohol content of the beverages you may be drinking. This will help you to know your limits, and will keep you safe when you are out for drinks with friends. How can you determine the alcohol content of your favorite drinks? Here are a few tips that may help.