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Old 11-30-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Bitters used in cooking?

I just bought a small bottle of bitters to make Manhattan cocktails and on the bottle it says to add to basically everything: fruits, vegetables, fish, soups, salads, gravies, etc. etc. etc. So I was just wondering: does anyone use bitters in cooking? What is a good use for it other than making alcoholic drinks?

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Old 11-30-2007, 10:00 PM   #2
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I learned this from a bartender: If you have an upset tummy, take some bitters with club soda; it will make you burp and you'll feel better
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:03 PM   #3
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I've read some where that bitters are used in some forms of English cooking
Could be wrong
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:22 PM   #4
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I have not used it in anything other than making drinks. But I would be interested in other uses for it.

I like to put a tsp of sugar in the bottom of a champange flute, a dash or two of bitters, then top with a 'middle of the road' champange. Simply yummy!
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:43 PM   #5
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Angostura Bitters - Cooking - Appetizers

Several recipes on this site for you.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:49 PM   #6
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I have used them in a rub for a roast, in stews etc. I am rather fond of Angustura Bitters.
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:18 PM   #7
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I have not used it in anything other than making drinks. But I would be interested in other uses for it.

I like to put a tsp of sugar in the bottom of a champange flute, a dash or two of bitters, then top with a 'middle of the road' champange. Simply yummy!
That sounds like a Champagne Cocktail,my version is a sugar cube a couple drops bitters and the squeeze of a lemon wedge put lemon wedge after squeezing
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:21 PM   #8
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That is exactly what it is... not sure where I found the recipe, but it is the main reason why I ended up getting the bitters in the first place!!
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:59 PM   #9
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I learned this from a bartender: If you have an upset tummy, take some bitters with club soda; it will make you burp and you'll feel better

I drink that all the time! Even with a good tummy.

Bitters have a very assertive taste. Never cooked with them, but I imagine they might enhance a sauce or two.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:16 AM   #10
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Sometimes I have used them in a rub for a roast.
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