April 2013 Moms

Eating foods cooked with alcohol?

I need some advice ladies. A good friend of mine from college is taking me out for lunch this weekend and she picked a really nice Italian place for us to go. I just learned that just about everything on their menu including the pasta sauces are cooked with wine. I know that alcohol should cook out of food, but what about in a sauce? If there is even a chance that eating something from their menu could be harmful, I'll ask her if we can go somewhere else. I'm sorry if I sound silly, I just don't want to do anything that could hurt the baby.
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Re: Eating foods cooked with alcohol?

  • It's fine.  I love going to restaurants like that while pregnant, it is my only chance to get something that at least has the flavor of wine!

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  • Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.
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    It's fine.  I love going to restaurants like that while pregnant, it is my only chance to get something that at least has the flavor of wine!

     This. I still cook with wine :)

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    The heat cooks off all the alcohol and only the flavor is left.

    This. And even if there were traces left, it wouldn't be enough to be a cause for worry. Enjoy your meal! 

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  • I'm making a risotto with white wine tonite and not even thinking twice about it.
  • The alcohol cooks off...and even if it didn't cook all the way off, there is most likely less than a glass of wine in a family-sized batch of sauce anyway. I'd definitely "indulge!"
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    I'm making a risotto with white wine tonite and not even thinking twice about it.

    That sounds amazing.

     

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  • I would have no problems eating anything cooked with alcohol. I also have no problems having a sip of wine here or there either.
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  • I'm a freak.  I cooked with alcohol for the second time during this pregnancy, last night and I swore that I could feel the alcohol burn in the back of my throat when I was eating the chicken marsala.  Also last time I cooked with it I did some googling first and something I read said that it doesn't actually cook off, but that the amount of alcohol that winds up in your food is so minimal....  but since I swore I could feel the alcohol burn last night, I ditched mine and my 4 year old son's plates and made us some eggs for dinner.   :)
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  • We cook with wine and beer all the time.  The amount you generally use to make a dish for 4 people is a lot less than one drink.  Most of the alcohol does not actually cook out of the food (Elton Brown did a show on this once and the science showed that not much cooked out).  But, I also have a small glass of wine or beer occasionally with the ok from OB, so I'm not worried about the small amount in the food.
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    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Oops.  I've had tiramisu a couple times.  Oh well, can't do anything about it now. 

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    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Well shiit. I've had tiramisu several times during this pregnancy....oops... 

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    image JSS1002:
    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Well shiit. I've had tiramisu several times during this pregnancy....oops... 

    There really isn't that much alcohol in tiramisu.

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  • Aaaaaaannnndddd now I want some booze soaked lady fingers
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    image JSS1002:
    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Well shiit. I've had tiramisu several times during this pregnancy....oops... 

    There really isn't that much alcohol in tiramisu.

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    image JSS1002:
    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Well shiit. I've had tiramisu several times during this pregnancy....oops... 

    There really isn't that much alcohol in tiramisu.

    The bolded.

    Exactly. I'd eat a big a** piece of tiramisu right now, and wouldn't feel a single ounce of guilt! Well, maybe for the insane amount of calories, but not for the liquor :) 

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  • Ok now I have to beg DH to take me to Carrabbas for tiramisu. And FYI they cannot make a virgin Blackberry sangria if anyone is wondering. As soon as I feel up to it after LO is born I'm headed straight there!
  • The amount of alcohol in the food depends on how long it is cooked after the wine is added. I would think that something like tomato sauce would simmer for a long time and most of the wine would cook out. If you're unsure, you can always ask the waiter about how long the alcohol cooks in certain dishes. However, I would just eat it and not worry about it. I have indulged in a glass of wine here and there, though.
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    image JSS1002:
    Most likely the sauce is cooked too.  When you cook with alcohol it just turns to sugar.  Should be fine.  The onl thing I WOULDN'T (personally) eat is tiramisu -- I believe the booze is added after the cake is cooked.  So you're literally just eatign booze-soaked ladyfingers.

    Well shiit. I've had tiramisu several times during this pregnancy....oops... 

    There really isn't that much alcohol in tiramisu.

    That's why I said "personally" in my initial post.  I'm sure it is perfectly fine, but it is the one form of 'Cooking with alcohol" that I've avoided.

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