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Wine Replacement

What is a good replacement for wine in the various cooking techniques?

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  1. It depends entirely on the recipe.

      1. hard cider
        cider vinegar
        apple cider
        sparkling cider

        depending on what you're using it for

        1. It absolutely depends on the recipe!

          1. As other posters have pointed out, it all depends on the recipe. I'll add two more options to the lists of the others:
            Stock or broth
            fruit juice (besides lemon)

            1. There's also the possibility of leaving it out.

              It all depends on what you are making.

              1. Some supermarkets have wine substitutes that are non-alcoholic if alcohol is a problem. I like to cook meat with beer if I'm making a stew or chili.

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                1. re: ChiliDude

                  "cooking wines" are dreadful. they will ruin a dish.

                  to the options already listed, add rice vinegar.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    Good to know...I have never used the stuff that comes off supermarket store shelves. I have only seen the bottles on a shelf.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      In addition to being gross, the do have alcohol in them. And a bunch of junk to make them shelf-stable for eternity.

                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        C. Hamster is right. Basically it is cheap wine with a ton of salt and other crap.

                      2. re: hotoynoodle

                        But, there is non-alcohol wine, which is totally different than "cooking wine".
                        I've never had it, or cooked with it.

                        1. re: TroyTempest

                          I suppose it's similar to the non alcoholic beer shiat

                          1. re: Avantrest

                            You know some of the NA beer isn't so terrible. Erdinger, i think it is called doesn't taste so bad. And most all of them don't taste much worse than a miller Lite. My apologies if you like Miller Lite. Why do you drink that swill? C'mon drink a beer that tastes like beer.

                            1. re: TroyTempest

                              non-alcoholic wine is a crime against humanity -- and it tastes like shit.

                              No way should anyone drink it or cook with it. Bleh.

                        2. Verjus. Similar to a vinegar, but its own beast. Not quite as sour, I find.

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                          1. re: TorontoJo

                            Know any places that sell it around Richmond Hill?
                            I've also heard of vincotto

                            1. re: Avantrest

                              I don't, sorry. I live in NOTL and several of the wineries here make it. Try giving Bruno's in Richmond Hill a call:


                              The other place I'd try is the Pusateri's at Bayview Village Mall. Not Richmond Hill, but certainly closer than Cheese Boutique.