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Apr 7, 2009 05:08 AM

HUGE Brisket Problem!

I just realized that the brisket recipe I've used before with great success calls for beer! I can't use beer for Passover. Please tell me if I need to forget this recipe or if I can just make it without beer with good results. I can't believe I just thought of this.

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  1. My favorite brisket recipe is just cutting up onion, garlic, carrots, celery and any other veggies you desire, don't forget the salt & pepper, pouring them over the brisket with a bit of water and letting her rip. No beer necessary...ew...

    1. our favorite brisket recipe is 2 cups of ginger ale, a packet of onion soup mix and a tablespoon of instant coffee (yes you heard me correctly, instant coffee)

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      1. re: berel

        My family recipe for brisket (I'm so ashamed to admit this) calls for a can of Coke and a packet of Goodman's Onion Soup Mix. I'm sure it can be done using Passover Coke and a brand of onion soup mix that's Kosher for Passover. I suspect that if you follow your own recipe, but simply substitute Passover Coke for the beer, you'll be surprised by the results.

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          well if you think about it coke is really caffeinated ginger ale ;-)

          so the our recipes are pretty similar

          1. re: berel

            I just love the Ginger Ale recipie. I am curious if using Diet Ginger Ale or Diet Coke would work i.e. does the sugar in the soda play a major role.

            1. re: MartyB

              I'd worry more about the fat content meat that little bit of residual sugar that ends up on the meat

              1. re: berel

                More an issue of carb then sugar, the brisket would be zero carbs, but I guess the amount of ginger ale in the gravy and meat would not be that great - although I do love the gravy.

              2. re: MartyB

                The sugar is the ONLY thing that plays a role, otherwise it's just schtick.

                1. re: MartyB

                  Aspartame's ( the artificial sweetener in diet soda) components separate when heated over time, resulting in a loss of sweetness. Therefore, aspartame is not recommended for use in recipes requiring lengthy heating or baking. It may, however, be added at the end of the cooking cycle in some recipes. If a food containing aspartame is inadvertently heated, it would still be safe, but would simply not provide the desired sweetness.

          2. I'd try replacing the beer with red wine and water. Can't be too bad, right? Thanks.

            1. Hmm, reading your other post on home cooking, you may have a problem with the Heinz Chili Sauce too, which has corn syrup in it. Thank you.

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              1. re: Bride of the Juggler

                I'll give up the beer....but not the chili sauce! We aren't that strict!

              2. There's actually a K for P beer out there. It's produced by Ramapo Valley Brewery - - I can't vouch for it. And technically it's not beer, but a mead. But it is sold as "beer." It is certified kosher for P. I don't know where it's sold and their website isn't very helpful.

                From their website:
                id you know that Ramapo Valley Brewery is the only Kosher brewery in the United States and the only brewery certified Kosher for Passover.

                All of our beers have been Kosher certified by Rabbi Zushe Vosef Blech, 30 Mariner Way, Monsey, NY. Tel: 845-364-5381 All bottles carry our Kosher Certification symbol.