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Sherry Cooking wine versus Sherry Wine Vinegar.

Angelina Oct 21, 2007 05:31 AM

I am making a skirt steak with chimmichirri sauce and the recipe calls for sherry wine vinegar. Not much, about 2/3 cup, but I don't have the SW vinegar, instead I have Sherry cooking wine. Will it come out the same? Or should I add some regualr vinegar to it. I just don't feel like running back out to the supermarket. Especially since today is Sunday and it will be a zoo!

Thanks for any help!

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    Harters Jun 5, 2008 03:20 PM

    I know this is an old thread resurrected but just use red wine vinegar in place of the sherry vinegar. You'll not tell the difference in the finished dish.

    Balsamic will not have the correct acidity IMO; sherry itself (even fino) will not produce the same result as it has a much more "rounded" flavour than the vinegar. I don't think you'd normally substitute wine for wine vinegar?

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      pishagg2003 Jun 5, 2008 10:58 AM

      If I'm guessing correctly you are using a recipie from Emeril at Food Network. You can substitute balsamic vinegar instead of sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar (but you may want to add a pinch or two of sugar). I made this recipie a week or two ago and I thought the balsamic vinegar worked just fine.

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        shitch Mar 1, 2008 08:41 AM

        Buy a good bottle of dry Sherry and mix 50/50 with white wine vinegar. Add just a pinch of sugar. This is very each and you can have a sip of sherry at the same time. And throw the sherry cooking wine away, nasty!!!!

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          karykat Oct 21, 2007 04:24 PM

          Down the line you might want to get a good aged sherry wine vinegar. A good one is a joy in cooking, like in chicken dishes or vinaigrettes. Really adds a special touch.

          1. Angelina Oct 21, 2007 08:31 AM

            I hate using those "cooking wines" too, but I had this bottle and I really want to get rid of it. I usually use Harvey's Bristol Cream when it calls for Sherry, but that too I am out of.


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            1. re: Angelina
              carswell Oct 21, 2007 09:00 AM

              Cream sherries are awfully sweet for savoury cooking and would make a terrible substitute for sherry vinegar. Next time buy a fino, which also makes a workable substitute for Chinese cooking wine. Tio Pepe is excellent, widely available and affordable and it comes in half bottles. It's also fine for sipping on its own, provided you like the style.

              1. re: carswell
                Angelina Oct 21, 2007 09:12 AM

                Thanks for the tip! :)

                1. re: Angelina
                  MMRuth Oct 21, 2007 09:53 AM

                  Even cheaper are manzanillas, like Osborne - which I actually quite enjoy sipping as well, though Tio Pepe and La Ina are better - but they've both crept up to the $16-18 range in my part of the world.

                2. re: carswell
                  MikeG Oct 21, 2007 01:05 PM

                  A fino isn't really a great idea unless you'll finish the bottle quickly (or freeze the leftovers as is being discussed in another current thread) since it won't last much longer than a regular table wine, certainly not at warm room temperature.

                  Apparently the magic minimum "preservative" number for that is 18.5% alcohol by volume (ABV). At 17% ish percentage, finos don't quite cut it, and it really does show, certainly at room temp. So if the OP wants to keep it around for a couple of months or longer, it'd pay to check label, though anything stronger than a fino will probably be above 18.5%.

                  FWIW, Lustau's approx $10 Amontillado is pretty easy to find here (NYC) and is very adequate for cooking and pleasant enough to drink too. (And their more expensive bottles are good value if you expect to drink more than cook!)

                  1. re: MikeG
                    carswell Oct 21, 2007 03:25 PM

                    You're right about fino not having a long shelf life once opened; it's why I mentioned half bottles. And, yes, it does freeze well. But for cooking -- not sipping -- purposes, I find that even stoppered bottles kept in the fridge for weeks on end are still adequate. And I prefer its subtler taste to that of mazanilla and amontillado, especially in Chinese cooking (we can't get Chinese cooking wine here in Quebec and so are forced to rely on substitutes; fino's the best I've found).

                    1. re: carswell
                      pikawicca Oct 21, 2007 03:34 PM

                      Can you get sake? It's a great sub in Chinese cooking, better than sherry IMO.

                      1. re: pikawicca
                        carswell Oct 21, 2007 03:39 PM

                        Yep. Haven't tried it in a while, however, though I vaguely recall that the last time I did I found it lacked the bite of Chinese wine and fino. I also think fino's more fun to sip. :o) But I'll have to give sake another shot. Thanks.

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                irishnyc Oct 21, 2007 07:04 AM

                I'd use a different vinegar, like wine vinegar, instead. They're two very different things (SW vinegar and regular Sherry wine). Throw that cooking wine out while you're at it, and get some real sherry to cook with. The "cooking" version is nothing but sodium.

                1. scubadoo97 Oct 21, 2007 05:59 AM

                  You need the acidity. Use regular wine vinegar or citrus. You can add a little sherry for the flavor but you need the acid.

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                  1. re: scubadoo97
                    Angelina Oct 21, 2007 06:07 AM

                    Thanks so much!!

                    1. re: Angelina
                      MMRuth Oct 21, 2007 06:58 AM

                      Also, sometime when you are in a liquor store, I'd suggest buying some inexpensive sherry, and using that rather than Sherry cooking wine - I think the flavor will be much better.

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