chefs best friend

Use the wine you’re sipping on in your recipes.

Are you a chef in the kitchen and love to drink wine? Not only does a glass of wine enrich your experience in the kitchen, it also can be a key ingredient and your best friend while you’re cooking.   Try out these quick wine recipes to take your cooking with wine up a notch.

Always make sure to cook with wine that you would drink and serve–this will ensure a great result no matter what you are cooking. Looking for some great ways and recipes to use wine while you cook? We all love to dabble in the kitchen, and some of us may even call ourselves chefs, here are some of our favourite ways and recipes to use wine in the kitchen, other than pouring it into a glass and sipping it down. Because wine can be your best friend in the kitchen both inside your glass and with your meal.

In reductions or sauces:
Add wine and simmer to your favourite dishes – it’s that easy. Choose young, full-bodied reds for red meat dishes. Use dry white wine for fish, shellfish, poultry, pork, veal and cream sauces. The alcohol in wine begins to evaporate well short of the boiling point of water, so there’s no risk of getting tipsy.

Dress it up:
Mix white or red wine with olive oil and spices to make your own unique dressing. Whether it’s mignonette or with your greens, a dash of wine can add sparkle to your favourite salads with a custom flavour.

Sweet cravings:
Use sweet wine such as a late harvest, Icewine or port to dazzle your desserts. Simply pour over ice cream or berries – or add a touch to your cake mix for a special treat in your cupcakes. If breakfast is your pleasure, you can even drizzle over pancakes and french toast.

Leftover wine:
Not that this happens very often, but when ti does use an airtight seal to re-cork your wine and store in the fridge. Regular table wine will last three to seven days and sweeter wines can last over three months.

You know you are an excellent multi-tasker when the remains of last night’s party become tonight’s expert meal.

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