Cooking with wine for alcoholic

posted 10 months ago in Cooking
Post # 2
4498 posts
Honey bee

It depends on the person.  I’ve had recovering alcoholics in my life who would not have been bothered.  I’ve had some who would have been.  I’ve had some who would have been bothered by taste alone even if all alcohol burned off.

Also you would have had to boil that gravy for an awfully long time to burn off all the alcohol.  People really underestimate what it takes to burn off all the alcohol and in the majority of cases it just doesn’t completely burn off.

Since you’re close enough to know the person is in recovery, I probably would reach out to them and check and even if they didn’t have any apologize for not being more aware and making it known.

Post # 3
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My dad who is a recovered alcoholic, who hasn’t drank in 30 years, asks restaurants to skip a sauce or substitute one if it is made with alcohol. He even buys alcohol free mouth rinses and cough medicine. He says drinking was the worst part of his life and never wants to taste it again…. That said, you can’t go back and change what was served, so I wouldn’t mention it. But going forward maybe be more aware.

Post # 4
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think it’s worth mentioning now  – just keep it in mind for future recipes if you think you might be hosting a recovering alcoholic. There’s usually an easy substitution for those recipes (red wine vinegar or cranberry juice, for example).

Post # 6
6624 posts
Bee Keeper

well first alcohol does NOT cook off, that’s entirely untrue. But, all said, I wouldn’t mention it now. I would just try to be more thoughtful in the future. 

Post # 7
514 posts
Busy bee

Aww don’t feel bad. It was an honest mistake and if they are a recovering alcoholic it’s their own responsibility to be aware of what they are consuming and the possibility that food can contain alcohol. Just like a vegetarian/vegan would need to check if a dish was suitable for them to consume before they eat it. Obviously you wouldn’t have made it with wine if it had occurred to you. If it makes you feel better you can bring it up to them and apologise and explain that you felt bad when you realised. But don’t beat yourself up about it. They are an adult who is responsible for what they consume.

Post # 8
3456 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

mahadewi :  I see that you mean very well, but I honestly don’t see how bringing it up at this point would be helpful. Unlike, say, Chicken Marsala or Coq au vin, I really can’t taste the wine/alcohol in red wine gravy. And now that you mention it, I’ve served it to children and people who abstain from alcohol for religious reasons and literally never thought a thing of it until just now.  You can’t take back what happened. And you risk all kinds of negative things by bringing it up (person feeling the need to count it as a “relapse,” potentially blaming you, etc). I think this is a perfectly fine, and even helpful, secret to keep.

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