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When a recipe calls for wine, what's a good substitute??

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HotChocolatemarshmallows Fri 14-Feb-20 18:37:11

Cooking a chicken & mushroom recipe but it needs wine however it's got to be suitable for a baby. What could I use instead?

sleepismysuperpower1 Fri 14-Feb-20 18:40:44

I find cranberry juice works for red wine, and White grape juice for white

99problemsandthecatis1 Fri 14-Feb-20 18:41:51

Wine. The amount in a portion would be miniscule for a baby.

However, if you really want to leave it out then wine vinegar (red or white depending on the wine it is substituting) would add a similar flavour. About a tablespoon would do it.

Megan2018 Fri 14-Feb-20 18:42:26

If a recipe includes stock and wine, just more stock or water (baby friendly stock).
My weaning book says wine ok though if burnt off.

Laquila Fri 14-Feb-20 18:42:40

TBH unless it's a) a really big amount of wine; b) not getting cooked off or c) he's going to eat loads of it, I probably wouldn't worry and would just use wine!

PatternedQuilt Fri 14-Feb-20 18:42:47

I would probably use chicken stock with a bit of sugar and vinegar, but I dunno really! If its important maybe get a no alcohol wine?

BIWI Fri 14-Feb-20 18:44:04

If you're cooking with the wine, there will be no alcohol left. But if you really don't want to do that, I'd use the juice of a lemon.

TalaxuArmiuna Fri 14-Feb-20 18:44:37

so long as the sauce is going to be kept at above 78 degrees C for more than a few minutes, all the alcohol will evaporate off and only the flavour remain

Stressedout10 Fri 14-Feb-20 18:45:19

Grape juice

MrsJoshNavidi Fri 14-Feb-20 18:47:26

Wine. All the alcohol will evaporate off.

Or just an appropriate stock. Not cranberry juice

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 14-Feb-20 18:47:43

Alcohol burns off at about 60c.

AgeLikeWine Fri 14-Feb-20 18:48:11


Alcohol boils at 78C, therefore the alcohol all evaporates during cooking, and the finished dish contains no booze.

Ffsnosexallowed Fri 14-Feb-20 18:48:58

Wine. Not grape juice eewwww!

P1nkHeartLovesCake Fri 14-Feb-20 18:50:24

I’ve got 3 dc

They all ate recipes with wine in from weaning, I mean babies eat hardly anything. They have a tiny portion of the pie and some added broccoli or whatever.

SisterAgatha Fri 14-Feb-20 18:52:35

I don’t add wine to anything because it’s fucking nasty. I’m a super taster, I can taste it in everything. Rice wine vinegar is in everything these days and is so overpowering.

So I use more stock, more water or a little bit of Worcestersauce but you have to cook for a long time so that it’s not too sharp and musky.

OldHarrysGameboy Fri 14-Feb-20 18:53:26

It actually takes some time at a high heat without too much other liquid in a dish for all the alcohol to go, so you're absolutely right to do this.

I agree that white grape juice is a good substitute but avoid any artificial sugar ones.

TheLovleyChebbyMcGee Fri 14-Feb-20 18:53:42

Not grape juice, that would be so sweet! What about wine stock cubes? We get them from tesco!

Ivysaurus Fri 14-Feb-20 19:05:35

I buy stock pots that are concentrated red or white wine (add hot water) don't contain alcohol. Sounds weird but Google wine stock pot think it's Tesco

HotChocolatemarshmallows Fri 14-Feb-20 19:14:47

Those stock pots look like a winner!

veryvery Fri 14-Feb-20 19:27:54

Wine essentially is adding an acidic element. So lemon juice, orange juice, grape juice, white/red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar will serve the same purpose.

Hugtheduggee Fri 14-Feb-20 19:31:51

I just use wine when coming for my baby and toddler. Its fine. The alcohol burns off.

CrowleysBentley Fri 14-Feb-20 19:42:47

I use stock and either lemon juice, or a bit of whatever vinegar works best, balsamic, red/white wine vinegar, or cider vinegar.

OldHarrysGameboy Fri 14-Feb-20 22:55:05

@Hugtheduggee and others, the alcohol doesn't really burn off. Well, unless you cook on a high heat for three hours, which isn't the case with any sauce I can think of.

Article here about this myth:.

PickAChew Fri 14-Feb-20 22:56:59

Unless it's a recipe with a whole bottle of wine, just more of the other liquid

99problemsandthecatis1 Fri 14-Feb-20 23:13:36

Be aware of the salt content of stock pots. Salt and n stock is ridiculously high. Much more dangerous than the miniscule amount of wine.

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