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What have I done?! Come and save my Bolognese!

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youmaycallmeSSP Fri 18-Jan-13 20:13:01

I'm making tagliatelle spaghetti Bolognese. I used a mix of 400ml red grape juice and 100ml red wine vinegar as a substitute for red wine. It's been simmering for an hour and the smell is foul and the taste is, erm, vinegary. I've been chucking sugar into it but it doesn't seem to be making much difference. Can it be saved? I was thinking of reducing it right down and then boiling off milk through it before adding more tomato purée but I don't want to keep adding things if it's completely hopeless. What do I do?!

Annunziata Fri 18-Jan-13 20:15:55

Oh. Erm. I'm not sure to be honest. Think the game might be bogey with that one.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Fri 18-Jan-13 20:17:38

You've killed it lovey.
Strain it and make some gravy with gravy granules or stock cubes, and add that and see what happens, but I have a feeling it will still be pretty foul.

IamtheZombie Fri 18-Jan-13 20:18:10

Time for a take away.

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 18-Jan-13 20:20:08


I bought all the poncey ingredients for it. Just not red wine. The fumes might cure my cough though!

magimedi88 Fri 18-Jan-13 20:20:31

Sorry to say that your subs just won't work.

I'm in the 'Time for a take away. ' camp & ditch the bolognese.

We've all had meal failures. Shit happens.

BunnyLebowski Fri 18-Jan-13 20:20:49

Grape juice and red wine vinegar? shock

And you planned to willingly eat this?!

SunbathingintheRain Fri 18-Jan-13 20:21:55

Oh dear poor you. Have you got garlic, olive oil, maybe some chilli and Parmesan you can serve with the pasta instead?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 18-Jan-13 20:22:21

The bolognaise is dead, long live the takeaway.

I don't think there is any hope, 100ml of vinegar is a lot of vinegar to burn off.

showtunesgirl Fri 18-Jan-13 20:22:45

Oh dear. Definitely takeaway time. sad

BikeRunSki Fri 18-Jan-13 20:23:26

a tsp of bicarb will take away the acidity of the vinegar.

thegreylady Fri 18-Jan-13 20:26:06

Ditch it. Spag bog is fine without wine but vinegar will have destroyed it.

UrsulaBuffay Fri 18-Jan-13 20:26:14

The milk idea is the worst order a curry!

NoelHeadbands Fri 18-Jan-13 20:27:56

I dunno...Schloer, vinegar and milk.... I think they sell those in our local Wetherspoons

ArbitraryUsername Fri 18-Jan-13 20:30:53

Next time you realise you've not got any red wine, don't try to improvise some. You can actually make bolognese without it. It'll still taste fine.

I hope you've ordered a take away.

CharlieSilver Fri 18-Jan-13 20:36:21

" I used a mix of 400ml red grape juice and 100ml red wine vinegar as a substitute for red wine" did you see that sub in a cook book or did you think it up?!

Bin it :/

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 18-Jan-13 20:36:47

grin I always knew I could rely on MN to make me feel better...

Ok, this isn't tonight's meal (I'm batch cooking on a Friday night hmm) so I might as well entertain myself with the bicarb.I have drained off and rinsed out as much of the sauce as I can and have added some bicarb and milk. I'll reduce that, add in tomato purée and an Oxo cube and see what happens...

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 18-Jan-13 20:37:37

I Googled it as a substitute. Maybe I could sue someone grin

Annunziata Fri 18-Jan-13 20:38:09

Seeing as you're experimenting, throw in a square of dark chocolate. It can take away the acid in the tomato, might work for the vinegar.

PeachActiviaMinge Fri 18-Jan-13 20:38:32

It was these fuckers that made you do it wasn't it? shock grin Just googled Red wine substitute and came across it.

"After all, red wine is just fermented and soured grape juice...."

HappyAsASandboy Fri 18-Jan-13 20:40:02

Milk?! Why would milk help?!

KerryKetosis Fri 18-Jan-13 20:41:31

oh mate grin

and wtf - milk and bicarb?? shock

Get thee to the chippy!

for future reference, you can make bolly without the wine.

It's nicer with, but fine without.

KerryKetosis Fri 18-Jan-13 20:42:21

"After all, red wine is just fermented and soured grape juice...."

Ha! I think those fuckers are the wine suppliers in my local grin

Mominatrix Fri 18-Jan-13 20:42:48

Sorry, I think it is beyond redemption.

Annunziata Fri 18-Jan-13 20:42:51

Milk's supposed to bring out the meat, I don't believe it, my nonna said it was rubbish.

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