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Alcohol Substitutes for Cooking

I don’t know about you, but it’s really annoying when you find a recipe that sounds really, really good and then, as you’re reading the list of ingredients, you see it calls for some sort of alcoholic beverage in it. So in my extensive search on the Internet, I finally found a pretty good listing for substitutions for a good number of alcohol

Type of Alcohol Substitute

Amaretto: Almond extract (1/2 teaspoon extract for 2 Tablespoons of Amaretto) or Italian soda syrup

Anisette: Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel

Apple Brandy: Apple juice, unsweetened apple juice concentrate, apple cider, or apple butter

Apricot Brandy: Syrup from a can of apricots in heavy syrup, or apricot preserves

Beer or Ale: A strong broth of McKay’s beef- or chicken-style bouillon, or non-alcoholic beer

Beer or Ale (Light): Chicken broth, white grape juice or ginger ale

Bourbon: 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Brandy: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of brandy or rum extract for 2 Tablespoons of brandy. When liquid amount is critical to the recipe, use water or fruit juices corresponding to flavor of brandy (use same amount of liquid as the recipe calls for brandy)

Calvados: Apple juice, unsweetened apple juice concentrate, apple cider, or apple butter

Chambord: Raspberry juice, syrup or extract

Champagne: Ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice, or sparkling white grape juice

Cherry Liqueur or Cherry Brandy: Syrup from a can of cherries in heavy syrup, or cherry Italian soda Syria or cherry preserves

Claret: non-alcoholic wine, diluted grape juice or cherry cider syrup

Coffee Liqueur: To replace 2 Tablespoons of liqueur, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chocolate extract mixed with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, which has been mixed in 2 Tablespoons of water. Can also substitute espresso, non-alcoholic coffee extract or coffee syrup

Cognac: Apricot, peach or pear juice

Cointreau: To replace 2 Tablespoons of liqueur, use 2 Tablespoons of orange juice concentrate or 2 Tablespoons of orange juice with 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract

Crème de cacao: Powdered white chocolate combined with water, or non-alcoholic vanilla extract and powdered sugar

Crème de cassis: Black currant Italian soda syrup or black currant jam

Crème de menthe: non-alcoholic mint extract, mint Italian soda syrup, spearmint extract, or spearmint oil with a little water added. If green color is needed, add a drop of green food coloring

Curacao: To replace 2 Tablespoons of liqueur, use 2 Tablespoons of orange juice concentrate or 2 Tablespoons of orange juice with 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract

Framboise: Raspberry juice or raspberry syrup

Frangelico: Hazelnut or almond extract

Galliano: Licorice extract

Gewurztraminer: White grape juice combined with lemon juice

Grand Marnier: To replace 2 Tablespoons of liqueur, use 2 Tablespoons of orange juice concentrate or 2 Tablespoons of orange juice with 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract

Grappa: Grape juice

Grenadine: non-alcoholic grenadine or pomegranate syrup

Hard Cider: Apple juice or apple cider

Kirsch: Cherry cider or black cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, currant, or grape juice or syrup. Substitute same amount of liquid as called for in the recipe

Licorice or Anise Liqueur: Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel

Mirin: White grape juice combined with lemon juice or lemon zest

Muscat: White grape juice combined with powdered sugar

Ouzo: Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel

Orange Liqueur: Orange juice concentrate, orange juice, orange zest or orange marmalade

Peach Brandy: Syrup from a can of peaches in heavy syrup, or peach preserves

Peppermint Schnapps: non-alcoholic mint or peppermint extract, mint Italian soda syrup, or mint leaves

Port: Concord grape juice with some lime zest added, cranberry juice with some lemon juice added, or grape juice concentrate – Substitute orange juice or apple juice for lighter ports

Red Burgundy: Red wine vinegar, grape juice or non-alcoholic wine

Red Wine, sweet or dry: non-alcoholic wine with a Tablespoon of vinegar added to cut the sweetness, grape juice, cranberry juice, grape jelly, tomato juice, beef broth, liquid drained from vegetables, or water. Use equal amounts of liquid as called for in the recipe

Riesling: White grape juice with a pinch of powdered sugar added

Rum: For light rum, use pineapple juice flavored with almond extract. For dark rum, use molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavored with almond extract. Or use rum extract flavoring.

Sake: Rice vinegar

Sambuca: Anise Italian soda syrup or fennel

Savory: Thyme, marjoram, or sage

Schnapps: To replace 2 Tablespoons of schnapps, add 1 teaspoon of a corresponding flavored extract

Sherry: Apple juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, or non-alcoholic vanilla extract

Southern Comfort: Peach flavored nectar combined with a small amount of cider vinegar

Sparkling Wine: Ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice, or sparkling white grape juice

Tequila: Cactus juice or nectar, or agave nectar

Triple Sec: Orange juice concentrate, reduced orange juice, orange zest or orange marmalade

Vermouth, Dry: White grape juice, white wine vinegar, or non-alcoholic white wine

Vermouth, Sweet: Apple juice, grape juice, balsamic vinegar, non-alcoholic sweet wine, or water with lemon juice

Vodka: White grape juice or apple cider combined with lime juice or use plain water in place of the vodka

Whiskey: If a small amount is called for, it can be eliminated

White Burgundy: non-alcoholic wine, white grape juice combined with white wine vinegar

White Wine, sweet or dry: non-alcoholic wine with a Tablespoon of vinegar added to cut the sweetness, white grape juice, apple juice, apple cider, tomato juice, chicken broth, liquid drained from vegetables, ginger ale, or water. Use equal amounts of liquid as called for in the recipe

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More uses for baking soda other than baking (60 of them)

I haven’t checked if there are any duplicates from the ten already posted.

60 Uses for baking soda.

1.    To make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part baking soda and 1 part cornstarch.
2.    Be sure to keep an extra box of baking soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.
3.    Keep a container of baking soda in your garage as well as in your car to put out a fire. It won’t damage anything it touches.
4.    Baking soda will also put out fires in clothing, fuel, wood, upholstery and rugs.
5.    Clean vegetables and fruit with baking soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.
6.    Wash garbage cans with baking soda.
7.    Soak and wash diapers with baking soda.
8.    Oil and grease – stained clothing washes out better with soda added to the washing water.
9.    Clean your fridge and freezer with dry soda sprinkled on a damp cloth. rinse with clear water.
10.    Deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
11.    Soda absorbs kitty litter odors. Cover the bottom of the kitty box with 1 part soda; then add a layer of 3 parts kitty litter on top.
12.    Always add 1/2 cup soda to your washing machine load.
13.    Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
14.    Wash food and drink containers with soda and water.
15.    Wash marble-topped furniture with a solution of 3 tablespoons of soda in 1 quart of warm water. Let stand awhile, then rinse.
16.    Clean formica counter tops with baking soda on a damp sponge.
17.    Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with soda and water to get rid of stale smells.
18.    To remove stubborn stains from marble, formica or plastic surfaces, scour with a paste of soda and water.
19.    Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a soda solution ( 3 tbsp. soda to 1 quart water).
20.    Run you coffee maker through its cycle with a soda solution. Rinse.
21.    Give baby bottles a good cleaning with soda and hot water.
22.    Sprinkle soda on barbecue grills, let soak, then rinse off.
23.    Sprinkle soda on greasy garage floor. Let stand, scrub and rinse.
24.    Polish silverware with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rub, rinse and dry.
25.    For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry.
26.    Reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher by sprinkling some soda on the bottom.
27.    Run your dishwasher through its cycle with soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.
28.    To remove burned-on food from a pan: let the pan soak in soda and water for 10 minutes before washing. Or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad.
29.    For a badly-burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food: pour a thick layer of soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water so as to moisten the soda. Leave the pot overnight, then scrub it clean next day.
30.    Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry baking soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry. On stainless steel, scrub in the direction of the grain.
31.    Clean plastic, porcelain and glass with dry soda on a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.
32.    Remove that bad smell from ashtrays with soda and water.
33.    Sprinkle a bit of dry soda in your ashtrays to prevent smoldering and reduce odor.
34.    Clean your bathroom with dry soda on a moist sponge – sink, tub, tiles, shower stall, etc.
35.    Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.
36.    Soak your shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.
37.    To remove strong odors from your hands, wet your hands and rub them hard with soda, then rinse.
38.    Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth and dentures with it.
39.    Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.
40.    Add 1/2 cups or more of baking soda to your bath water to soften your skin.
41.    Putting 2 tbsp. of baking soda in your baby’s bath water will help relieve diaper rash irritations.
42.    Apply soda directly to insect bites, rashes and poison ivy to relieve discomfort. Make a paste with water.
43.    Take a soda bath to relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox.
44.    Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.
45.    Gargle with 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 glass of water. Freshens and cleans your mouth.
46.    Used as a mouthwash, baking soda will also relieve canker sore pain.
47.    To relieve sunburn: use a paste of baking soda and water.
48.    Bug bites: use a poultice of baking soda and vinegar.
49.    Bee sting: use a poultice of baking soda and water.
50.    Wind burns: moisten some baking soda and apply directly.
51.    Making Play Clay with baking soda: combine 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups soda, 1 cup cornstarch.
52.    Use soda as an underarm deodorant.
53.    If your baby spits up on his shirt after feeding, moisten a cloth, dip it in baking soda and dab at the dribbled shirt. The odor will go away.
54.    When scalding a chicken, add 1 tsp. of soda to the boiling water. The feathers will come off easier and flesh will be clean and white.
55.    Repel rain from windshield. Put gobs of baking soda on a dampened cloth and wipe windows inside and out.
56.    Add to water to soak dried beans to make them more digestible.
57.    Add to water to remove the “gamey” taste from wild game.
58.    Use to sweeten sour dishcloths.
59.    Use dry with a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
60.    Use to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from toaster. Dampen cloth and make a mild abrasive with baking soda.

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Here are some helpful hints for using baking soda.  It’s amazing what this one little product is good for.  If you have some others, please post them here. 🙂

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USE BAKING SODA TO:

  1. Exfoliate skin. Wash your face, then apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently with a circular motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse clean.
  2. Erase crayon, pencil, ink, and furniture scuffs from painted surfaces. Sprinkle soda on a damp sponge, rub clean, and rinse.
  3. Unclog a drain. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it. Let sit for five minutes (covered, if possible). Follow with a gallon of boiling water.
  4. Remove tough stains from enameled cast iron and stainless steel. Scrub enameled cast iron with a soft nylon brush and a thick paste of baking soda and water. Clean stainless steel with a soft cloth and 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of water. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  5. Scrub pans. Sprinkle soda on crusted casseroles and roasting pans and let sit for five minutes. Lightly scrub and rinse.
  6. Brush teeth. Use a paste of baking soda and water.
  7. Fight class-B fires (flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, and grease). Baking soda can be used to smother only a small flame.
  8. Deodorize. Dust baking soda under your arms to absorb body odor.
  9. Clean up minor oil and grease spills on a garage floor or driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
  10. Settle a stomach during occasional indigestion. Stir 1/2 t. of baking soda into 1/2 c. of water and drink for a safe and effective antacid.

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