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May be a dumb question?

Some of the chili recipes have beer in them. I would assume that during the time for simmering it will remove the alcohol. Am I right?


  • Tim MTim M Posts: 2,410
    Doug Winter,[p]Yes, same with adding any alcohol to food that is cooked.
    It leaves all but the evaporated alcohol behind.[p]Tim

  • EarlEarl Posts: 468
    Doug Winter,[p] Tim's correct,after cooking for any length of time all
    signs would be removed from the chile. You would never
    even notice it, except for in the flaver.[p] Earl

  • mr toadmr toad Posts: 666
    doug winter,
    when i cook, brunswick stew, or other recipes that call for beer i use a dark beer or a wheat beer - seems to add more flavor

    In dog Beers - I have had only one !
  • Doug Winter,[p] Alcohol will evaporate during cooking, but just like the simmering process, it takes some time. This occurs because alcohol begins to evaporate at 172F, which is lower than the temp water does. This also means that if you simmer at a low temp, the process will be very slow . . . For a short article on the subject, see:[p]Cooking with Alcohol[p]For a table of cooking times vs. remaining alcohol content to use as a guide, see:[p]Alcohol Remaining in Your Food[p]A couple good rules to apply are:[p]1. Don't use any beer or wine that you wouldn't drink in food.
    2. Use a non-alcoholic product if anyone who will be eating the food is allergic to alcohol.[p]MikeO

  • I should also add that if you simmer the chili with the lid on the pot, the alcohol will not be able to escape very easily. It'll condense on the lid and drip back in just like the water will.[p]MikeO
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