To think that you do NOT use naice wine as cooking wine?!

(71 Posts)
MadameLeBean Thu 19-Sep-13 15:53:57

DP polished off the 1/3 of a bottle left of wine that I had treated myself to the night before by POURING it into the STEW

He says if it's not good enough to drink, it's not good enough to cook with.

I say that one does not casually use naice wine in cooking especially if it is the last bit in the house and that if you eat food that has been made with wine it does not make a difference if it is £3 plonk or naice.

Who is BU?

XiCi Thu 19-Sep-13 19:12:18

Your DH was right to use good wine for cooking but I don't blame you for being annoyed if you were looking forward to having a glass.

Btw the wine you mentioned is only a bargain £4.99 at bargain booze

IcedTeaOneSugar Thu 19-Sep-13 19:13:33

It freezes like a wine slushy, rather than solidly, so it instantly defrosts when dropped into hot stock.

YABU in general, because it's a great use of leftover naice wine.

However, I find that port is far better than wine for enhancing eg bolognese or casserole, because it adds flavour and richness without adding lots of wet volume.

Grumpywino Thu 19-Sep-13 19:16:38

Yanbu, he would have been wearing the stew for that! I'm no cook, or foodie for that matter, but do love to drink wine and really look forward to a decent glass. Putting it in food is to me a total waste, food is fuel and so quickly devoured while wine should be savoured.

OldRoan Thu 19-Sep-13 19:41:03

IcedTea DP and I have a lovely bottle of (v expensive - Christmas present) red wine one New Year, but we couldn't finish it and there wasn't enough left for us to have a glass each, so I froze it.

When he was working away, I had the most indulgent red wine and mushroom risotto ever using it up. Possibly one of the best things I've ever done with wine.

Meluzyna Thu 19-Sep-13 19:45:44

YABU: believe me, my husband is French and he would never cook or let me cook with wine which was not equally good from a glass. It's all about flavour and if you put nasty wine in your stew, you'll get nasty stew.
However, I do have some sympathy with you if it was a "special" bottle you'd got as a treat..... the stew would have been edible without the addition of wine.... there are other things he could have used for flavour...... Worcester sauce, for example.
In our household we have his bottles and her bottles and neither would touch the other's booze without checking it was OK..... although we mostly share them as a matter of course.

thebody Thu 19-Sep-13 19:46:01

Horry, never thought if using port, interesting and will try that.

MadameLeBean Thu 19-Sep-13 19:51:25

Yeah DP is French so I should have known I suppose!

Also this is the second time he has done it! angry

He did get me another in the end.

I was just surprised as well because my mum only ever used cheap wine for cooking.

I don't think I've ever found wine for much less than £7

MadameLeBean Thu 19-Sep-13 21:22:13

Ah well maybe I am not as classy as some on here but I will drink £5 wine from lidl some of it is quite ok actually. Thing is on a weeknight i would feel extravagant getting £7+ wine. So would not put it in stew!

Pigsmummy Thu 19-Sep-13 21:38:02

Has the word "nice" been replaced with "naice" and I missed the memo or is it a trend??

Tee2072 Thu 19-Sep-13 21:40:39

Ages ago, Pigs. At least as long as I've been on Mumsnet which is coming up on 5 years.

"Naice" doesn't mean "nice" though, it means "slightly expensive and slightly special in a vaguely pretentious way". See "naice ham" as opposed to plastic supermarket ham.

So £7 wine rather than £50 wine (no offence to OP who I am sure will know what I'm getting at).

MadameLeBean Thu 19-Sep-13 22:19:46

Exactly smile

Jux Fri 20-Sep-13 14:27:34

I completely agree with your dp, but sadly can't afford to live up to my standards sad

daftdame Fri 20-Sep-13 14:30:57

Of course you must 'cook' with the good stuff. Its makes cooking more palatable...hic!

Lazyjaney Fri 20-Sep-13 16:18:41

Some cooking wine is more expensive than perfectly good table wine (South of France wine still underpriced vs quality IMO)

Oblomov Fri 20-Sep-13 16:22:26

PatPig: "I've cooked with a full bottle.

And it does make a difference"

Me too wink
I've cooked. With a full bottle. Of wine. Already inside me.
Improved my culinary skills, no end !! grin

I like cooking with wine. Sometimes some even ends up in the dinner.

grin

i'm on the fence - don't use shit wine for cooking because it does make a diff, but don't use up ALL the wine so there's none left to drink!!

And yes - if recipe calls for just a small glass of wine i use port for red and vermouth for white. They last ages in the booze cupboard and you don't have to open a whole bottle if you just need a bit.

Nigella taught me that.

PasswordProtected Fri 20-Sep-13 16:36:42

On the contrary, you should only cook with wine that you would drink yourself.

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