6 Best Alternatives for Red
and White Cooking Wines
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Wines add flavor to your dishes, but
what if you don’t have any? Learn
some of the best ingredients you can
use as a substitute for cooking wine.
There are several ingredients that have
properties similar to a cooking wine
and can be used as alternatives. Most of
them not only add flavor but also offer
a wide range of health benefits.
Learn how to make your recipe just as
delicious, even if you don’t have booze
on hand. See six of the best cooking
wine substitutes in this video.
If you are preparing for dinner and
realize you do not have the cooking
wine on hand that your dish is calling
for, don’t be so quick to dismiss that
There are several alternatives for red
or white wine for cooking, and you
probably have them in your kitchen!
We use wine for cooking to add
acidity, color, flavor, or sugar to a
dish. It can also deglaze a frying pan,
provide moisture, or tenderize meat.
Knowing the function of wine in
your recipe will be helpful in
choosing the best substitute. Here’s
a good list of what to use instead,
when a recipe calls for wine.
1. Red or White Wine Vinegar
Vinegar is a staple in every home’s
kitchen! It consists of acetic acid and
water, as well as other compounds
present in wine. This can also be
produced from coconut water, apple
cider, malt, or rice.
A red or white wine vinegar makes an
excellent cooking wine substitute!
Both produce flavors that are very
similar to wine. Don’t worry about
the vinegar, as it will not affect the
taste of your dish.
However, wine vinegar is more acidic
than regular wine. Dilution may be
necessary before adding any to your
recipe. You can mix water and wine
vinegar at a 1:1 ratio.
Wine vinegar is most useful for
liquid-based recipes, including
marinades and salad dressings.
Red wine vinegar is perfect for beef,
pork, and vegetables, while white
wine vinegar works better with fish