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#1 Thu 12 Jul 07 7:30pm

Beautiful BC

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From British Columbia, Canada
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Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

Hi...I used white grape juice a couple of times, but I'm wondering if anybody has any other better options? 

Thanks!

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#2 Fri 13 Jul 07 9:54am

Cindy

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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

Leave it out. I don't use wine or alcohol in my Risotto, I just add extra stock or water or whatever.

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#3 Fri 13 Jul 07 1:47pm

GeoffP

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From Bradford, West Yorks
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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

I would have thought grape juice would be too sweet - have you thought about using verjuice instead.

But, why not just use wine anyway - all the alcohol is cooked off, and its there for the flavour.

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#4 Fri 13 Jul 07 4:34pm

Beautiful BC

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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

I did just leave it out a few times, but thought maybe I was missing something with flavour.  I'm the kind of person who "follows" a recipe, so I thought I'd check out the alternatives.

I haven't heard of verjuice.  What is that?

As for not just using wine.....I realize the alcohol is cooked off, but neither my husband nor I drink.....so I never go to the liquor store.....therefore no wine on hand!  neutral

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#5 Sat 14 Jul 07 12:53am

GeoffP

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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

Verjuice is the unfermented juice of under-ripe grapes - its a traditional alternative to lemon juice or vinegar, which is undergoing somewhat of a revival at the moment.

Unlless there is a compelling reason not to drink - its worth buying wine in 1/2 or 1/3 bottles just for cooking. It's even available in small individual glass sized cans.

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#6 Sat 14 Jul 07 5:39am

Beautiful BC

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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

Thanks GeoffP...I didn't realize you could purchase 1/3 or 1/2 bottles.  Maybe I'll investigate that angle.  I'm not against using wine in cooking, just never have any on hand.  If the bottles are available in smaller quantities all the better.  I am curious to try a taste test!

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#7 Sat 14 Jul 07 7:31am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
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Re: Basic Risotto Recipe.....ideal substitute for the dry white wine?

I buy casks of wine for cooking. The single grape varieties are better and they do last. Often when we need/want to use wine for cooking we don't want to have to finish the bottle. I'm rather sensitive (as in fussy) when it comes to the taste of oxidised wine.

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