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Wine Powders & Extracts?

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I see so many recipes that use wine that I pass by as I don't want to buy a whole bottle to use a 1/2 cup or so. I was thinking that the flavor of white and red should be in some sort of extract that you could add to the dish to give it that flavor.

Doing a search on the net I see there are such products but they are mainly used by processed food producers. Has anyone found a smaller quantity source for these, and are they worth using? I'm not interested if it's something akin to cooking wine. I see they are offered in extract and powdered form. It looks interesting and would let me try more recipes if the taste is decent. Thanks!

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Many times, you want to use wine in a recipe not only for the flavor, but also for it's acidity - so, I wonder if the powders or extracts would deliver that, or if you'd need to modify the recipe to add it in another way...

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not exactly powder but I find that dry vermouth makes a good substitute for white wine in many dishes and a bottle for cooking in the fridge lasts a long time. Although you could just drink the rest of the wine bottle at dinner. Thats my plan tonight.


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Crazy thought: can you freeze wine and put it into some containers, maybe even into a ice tray, like you can do with stock?

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Yes you can and it's always worked fine in my recipes.


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When I don't feel like opening a whole bottle of wine, I usually make do with a dash of dry sherry, dry vermouth or semi sweet madeira. Those last a long time in the fridge.

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Frozen wine works just fine in cooked dishes. If I have a small amount, I freeze it in ice cube trays - a cube or two works great to deglaze a pan for a pan sauce. Otherwise, I freeze in 1 cup containers.

I sometimes use the individual sized bottles (187ml) of wine - I know that the brands aren't premium, but they work fine when I don't have any frozen, or don't want to open a bottle.


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