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Looking for suggestions...spirits every chef should own for the kitchen???

justin.r.h. Aug 21, 2009 09:05 AM

An attempt in broadening my scope...

  1. hotoynoodle Aug 21, 2009 09:47 AM

    depends what you like to cook or bake. i keep bourbon, brandy and rum for hard spirits -- the 1st two i usually add to chocolate desserts. i use beer for tempura batter. i keep vermouth and sherry as well. if i need wine added to a sauce i'll use either my house red or white. that's about it.

    1. Junie D Aug 21, 2009 10:53 AM

      I have to have a good supply of vodka and brandy for making alcohol-soaked fruit, and liqueurs. Vodka and limoncello and Grand Marnier for sorbets.

      1. ChefJune Aug 21, 2009 10:55 AM

        depends upon what kind of cooking you do or want to do...

        If you're Asian inclined, you'll need various rice wines, mirin, Shaoxing, and the like.

        For more "western" type cooking, fino sherry, dry vermouth, brandy, ruby and tawny ports, Marsala (dry for savory, sweet for desserts). Rum comes in handy, especially the dark kind. Things like Madeira and Calvados are pretty pricy, but thankfully, they keep indefinitely, as opposed to wine, which will turn within a few days of opening.

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        1. re: ChefJune
          coll Aug 23, 2009 07:25 AM

          I like to drink dark Jamaican rum, but started using Capt Morgan spiced for cooking.

          Also occasionally, Pernod, for certain Italian and Greek recipes.

        2. nofunlatte Aug 21, 2009 11:16 AM

          Eau de vies are nice to have around (e.g. Kirschwasser, Williams-Birne (clear pear brandy), Himbeergeist (raspberry). The 80-proof kind, not the sugary, syrupy stuff. Schladerer is one brand that is likely to be available. ChefJune mentioned Calvados--good tip.

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            Stuffed Monkey Aug 21, 2009 08:25 PM

            I add a touch of Grand Marnier to French Toast, and Sherry to Mushroom Soup.

            1. r
              RGC1982 Aug 21, 2009 08:31 PM

              Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau are my favs)
              White wine
              Red wine

              Quite a long list, now that I have written it down. I'd probably toss in a bottle of Amaretto also, especially during strawberry season!

              1. p
                Philly Ray Aug 21, 2009 08:37 PM

                I asked that question a while back. Read responses here...


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                  thursday Aug 22, 2009 09:46 PM

                  Just jumping on the sherry bandwagon. I always have sherry on hand, and almost always wine. I like to keep vermouth, whisky and brandy as well, but sub things out for those if we run out.

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                  1. re: thursday
                    Full tummy Aug 23, 2009 12:40 PM

                    All those; cognac and port, too.

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