(Closed) French Onion Soup..

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@hopefloats:  the alcohol cooks out completely if that’s what you’re worried about.  Otherwise I’m not sure what alternative you could use.

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@housebee:  That’s not actually true. There will still be alcohol.

OP, use Better than Bouillion vegetable base (organic or regular) for the stock. It looks like this: http://www.soap.com/p/better-than-bouillon-organic-vegetable-base-8-oz-416592 and is available at major grocery stores. If you are in the southeast, you can definitely find it at Publix.

Make sure you actually caramelize the onions. This takes a minimum of an hour. That’s where all the good flavor is. You can use some champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar, or some lemon juice, depending on what fits more with the flavors you prefer, instead of the white wine.

Post # 5
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @hopefloats: LOVE Onion Soup !!

You could try to Google – Onion Soup No Alcohol – for alternate recipes.

That is how I find recipes when I am looking for something without a particular ingredient

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Cooking wine has a lower alcohol content, but only like 40% of alcohol actually burns off when cooking, so…

Post # 8
3697 posts
Sugar bee

OP, your question is well-timed: Slate just published a French onion soup recipe that can be made with vegetable broth (they also recommend a jarred concentrated soup base like Better Than Boullion) and that doesn’t contain any alcohol. The article also offers help with caramelizing the onions – similar to what MrsSonthebeach recommended about doing it very slowly over at least an hour. Good luck! Hope it turns out delicious!


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