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sd4life Mar 4, 2011 08:59 PM

Is it ok to serve Guinness gravy to kids? I am going to make some soon and was wondering if it is safe to do so. Also what about anything else cooked with beer...such as beer battered(anything)?

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    tastesgoodwhatisit Mar 8, 2011 10:23 PM

    Would you serve a wine based sauce to your kids? If so, then go for it.

    FWIW, I did a back of the envelope calculation for beer battered fish.

    For four pieces of fish, 300 ml of lager was required. Assume that 2/3 of the beer is actually deposited on the fish, and 1/2 the alcohol cooks off in the frying process. That leaves 25 ml of beer per serving.

    If you take a standard lager as 5% alcohol, then the alcohol consumed by the child is only 20% of the amount of alcohol in a single dose of Nyquil cough syrup for a 12 year old.

    1. Tripeler Mar 4, 2011 11:42 PM

      There is also a very good chance that the children will not like the flavors achieved when cooking with beer.

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        sd4life Mar 8, 2011 06:41 PM

        Yea I thought of that also. I will just make 2 batches or buy one premade Whole Foods for them.

      2. goodhealthgourmet Mar 4, 2011 09:36 PM

        depends on whether they're *your* kids ;) actually i'm not totally joking...most, but NOT all of the alcohol will cook out, so it really depends on how much beer you're adding, and how comfortable you (or the kids' parents) are with the idea.

        when this topic comes up there are always people who jump in to say that a *tiny* bit of alcohol won't kill anyone, but it is important to consider extenuating circumstances...like if there's alcoholism in the family and the parents want to avoid exposing the child at all costs.

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