Cook with Beer
Date: February 24, 2012, Topics: Brewing News
Cooking with beer isn’t exactly a novel idea. A lot of people have done it. Water isn’t really safe these days- it’s all pollution and dust and stuff. This is why people should drink beer and cook with it as well. Besides, beer is like food. Some people even call it liquid bread.
Beer recipes are quite fashionable and I’ve seen restaurants combining food with beer. Though there are not a lot of restaurant that cook with beer, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find a couple of them nearby. And if you can’t you can still enjoy beer cooked meals at home.
When you are cooking with beer, make sure that the temperature is not high. If you use a lot of heat, it will kill the flavor and aromas. When you are making beer bread, replace the liquid with beer. Do not cook with the beer that you don’t drink. If you don’t like its taste now, you won’t like it in food either. Also, marinate with beer. Marinating with beer would make sure its flavor stays in food.
You can try beer in a lot of things. Using it in cereal instead of milk is one of them (though I haven’t tried it). Here is how you can use beer with different types of food:
• Pale bitters with vegetable soups
• Malty ales with meaty soups
• Porters and stouts with shellfish
• Light bitters, Pilsners and lagers with fish
• Dark strong lagers with pate
• Light bitters with quiches
Now on to the main course
• Bitters with beef
• Dark strong lagers with pork
• Spicy ales with lamb
• Wheat beer with chicken
• Malty ale with turkey
• Dark lagers with sausages
• Bitters with meat pies
• Dark lagers with barbecue
• Premium lager when making curry
• Wheat beer with salad
• Malty lager with pizzas
And now to desserts
• Light bitters with mild cheeses
• Full body ale with strong cheese
• Stouts and porters with chocolate or coffee desserts
• Porters with red berry desserts
• Stouts with creamy desserts
And these are just a few suggestions. Nobody’s stopping you from experimenting. Don’t follow my list if you don’t want to- create your own recipes according to your taste buds. Your beer, your rules. Cheers.
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