Originally Posted by mommas3boys
I am looking to make a Mozzarella Chicken and the dry white wine is part of the sauce. I was looking to see if there was a substitute because I did not have the dry white one hand and no way to the store at the moment and was thinking of maybe a non alcohol for my boys ages 9, 4, 2.
If cooked out properly, wine-based sauces do not contain any significant alcohol (cooked properly, the alcohol boils off) so shouldn't be a problem for children or anyone on medication (although it's always wise to check the latter). Obviously, if you have a cultural reason for avoiding alcohol, the buying of wine may be a problem in the first place.
It's a good idea to remember that if the wine isn't fit to drink it isn't fit to cook with. However, this doesn't mean you have to use expensive wine for cooking. Choose something you like the taste of. Any time you have a bottle of wine and you don't use it all you could freeze it in an ice cube tray. That way you will have a little wine for cooking when you need it. Don't bother drnking the defrosted wine though as it will taste a little tired
In the absence of available white wine, cider is often a good substitute but, again, make sure it's a decent quality one, not an artificially carbonated one or a non-alcoholic one. (Don't use non-alcoholic or de-alcoholised wine either. It tastes vile in cooking!)