Everything tastes better with a cold beer and that includes the recipes you use to cook your favorite meals. If you’ve always wondered how to cook with beer, here are some easy tips to follow.
Beer is great in marinades, but you should cook off the alcohol first because it actually dehydrates and denatures the meat. When you boil the alcohol off, what’s left is the flavor, which is what you want to penetrate the meat. When you are using beer in cooking, light beers are better for meats such as fish and chicken, while heavier beers are better for dark meats such as lamb, beef and duck.
One of the best ways to use beer is right on the grill, and one of the most popular recipes is beer can chicken. A simple recipe, all you have to do is pop the top, slip the can of beer inside the bird, stand it up in the grill, and let the flames do the rest. It is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to go about using beer in cooking.
Beer carbonates your batters and gives them a light, airy taste with a crunchy finish. Whether you are battering chicken strips, fish or onions, a solid IPA, lager, or Belgian witbier are some of the best beers to cook with and will give your meal a delicious twist in every bite.
Beer is perfect for braising and it gives a delicious kick to pulled pork and BBQ dishes. Mix it with some onion powder, chili powder, pepper, paprika, garlic and a few other ingredients and the results are nothing less than gastronomic perfection. Brussels sprouts also do well with a bit of beer and bacon added into the recipe.
Beer can be substituted for a portion of the water in a soup recipe. As with marinades, it’s a good idea to boil off the alcohol first so that all you are left with are the hoppy flavors and aromatic notes.
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