For cooking, drinkable beats expensive
By Bill Daley
Question: I am an amateur chef -- not good, but I like what I do. I often see recipes using wine as an ingredient, but the recipes almost never tell me what kind to use. So, what kind of wine: good, everyday, screw-top cap? Can the balance be stored or refrigerated? If so, how? Of course, the easiest answer is to just drink it, but my wife or I are not really drinkers. -- Jerry Meyers, Skokie, Ill.
Answer: When a recipe has a general call for wine, you can pretty much use whatever dry wine you have on hand. The recipe should tell you whether white, red or rosŽ is preferred. Generally, white wine is more useful in cooking because it doesn't color the food like a red. If a recipe calls for a certain type of wine, maybe a sparkling or a sweet dessert type, it will say so. In all cases the wine you cook with should be drinkable -- forget "cooking wine" -- but it doesn't have to be expensive. So, go with the most basic wine you can find that tastes good.
Consider buying one of those box wines with the airtight bladder if storage is an issue. You can pour out what you need, and the rest stays fine in the box for up to several weeks.
Friday, June 01, 2007
And Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune agrees. This in today's paper: