Cooking with wine is the real deal. With wine, you get to experiment with what you want to do and how to go about it. There is a whole tone of wines out there, so you will need to know what works for what end and what does not. If you are caught between a wine choice and hard place, then the tips below are for you;
1. Know your wines
Again, not all wine is suitable for just about anything you want to whip up. Young, full-bodied red wine will work for red meat, for example. Soups and beef stews, on the other hand, will require earthier choices of red wine. Here are some good cooking wines.
2. Make sure you cook with wines you can drink
Listen, if you can chew on it, then you should be able to chug it down. If you cook with wine that you really don’t like and won’t drink, then you are setting yourself up for a less than savory experience. Always go for wines you know, love and can load up on any day.
3. Timing is everything
Generally, white wines are poured just when food is about to simmer and are only allowed to be in there for a little time. Red wines, on the other hand, need to be given some time because most people really want to see that deep red hue in their serving. If you are looking for the perfect result, make sure you do not pour wine into your food just before you serve. That is a bad idea and will leave your food a little tangy.
4. Have a limit
You simply can’t pour your whole glass of wine into your stew-there has to be a limit. If you are making some soup, then two tablespoons are great for a glass. If you are doing meats, then a quarter of the stuff in a pound will suffice.
5. Go with flavors
If you are making a bitter soup from herbs, then you are better off going for wines that have a sharp taste to them. For sweet soups, you will need some varieties of sweet red wine.
6. Have fun!
This is not a chore. It is a fun exercise, so go right ahead and have fun. Don’t be afraid of experimenting and tinkering with what you have. Even if it comes off a little off, do not be discouraged; keep at it till you end up with something amazing.