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Old 03-19-2009, 11:23 AM   #11
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It is important to note that alcohol never burns off entirely, which, as June points out, is an important issue for people who must avoid alcohol for health or religious reasons.

I confess to adding wine to my pot roast which was fed to a 1 1/2 year old recently. He loved it.

I recall being in Munich about 20 years ago. It was 9 in the am and we were wandering around trying to find coffee when we came upon a family sitting in an outdoor cafe enjoying their morning beer. Mom and Dad had ginormous glasses (Maas) and the 2 kids (maybe 6 and 10 years old) had smaller, maybe 12 ounce glasses.

I silently admonished my parents for moving away from there, as that's where they were married and lived for years before they had me!
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:06 PM   #12
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I usually serve my 8 year old things that have wine in them as long as the wine is heated while cooking. I put just a few splashes of wine in the food and I think the amount of alcohol remaining after the cooking is not enough to do any harm to my daugher.

I do understand your wifes concern though. Better safe than sorry is likely her philosphy.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #13
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Curious about two products that may be a possible solution. (1) Non alcoholic wines. Some of these are listed as alcohol free, others as having less than .5% alcohol. Are any truly alcohol free?

I have also seen somewhere a wine flavoring advertised as non alcoholic. From what I remember, it is more of a syrup, and only came in commercial quantities.

Anyone know anything about these products?
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:02 PM   #14
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In many dishes the reason for adding wine is to release substances that are not fat or alcohol soluble (such as certain flavors in tomato). Using a wine with no alcohol would defeat that purpose.

If there is concern, use stock for liquid instead.

And while you are at it, check your vanilla extract and your cough syrup if you do not want that kid getting any alcohol.

Personally, I think the mind set of worry and demonizing alcohol across the board creates more problems than it will solve. I prefer to teach appreciation and nuance rather than just say no. A kid who has a glass of wine at dinner is, in my opinion, less likely to guzzle MD20/20 on Friday night.
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Old 03-21-2009, 07:10 PM   #15
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And while you are at it, check your vanilla extract and your cough syrup if you do not want that kid getting any alcohol.
While I agree that vanilla extract does have alcohol, children's cough medicine does not. That said, there's a big difference in the amount of vanilla extract ratio in cookies verses the amount of wine it would take to cook the stew.

We aren't talking a teenager, we're talking about a one year old. I understand the mother's concerns. I appreciate the OP coming here to ask it shows he respects and loves his wife and child. She's not demonizing alcohol, she's expressing concern for a child that can't say "hey mom, what was in that, I feel funny."

marvinq ~ I'm on the side of domestic bliss on this one but if you can allay her fears by showing her this thread, you should be okay both in the cooking and marriage.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #16
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A kid who has a glass of wine at dinner is, in my opinion, less likely to guzzle MD20/20 on Friday night.
Whats MD20/20?
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #17
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Alix, it's Mad Dog 20/20, which is cheap, nasty swill. Leave it in the bag to drink it.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:48 PM   #18
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Oooooooooo. Thanks Katie. Here it used to be Baby Duck as the beverage of choice for underage teens. LOL.

Back to the original question though. I think the information Andy gave at the beginning is likely the clearest and from there you will have to decide whether or not to use the wine yourself.

In our house, we have used wine and beer in cooking since the kids were babies. I figured if I ate it while I was pregnant with them, they could tolerate it when they were ready to eat it themselves. Between the amount of alcohol cooked off and the small portions the kids ate, it was never really a concern. Don't know if that helps you at all, but I thought I'd put it out there for you to think about.
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:45 PM   #19
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I've used a pomegranate juice when I didn't have any wine for a recipe, with very little, if any, added sugar. You might also find a grape juice you like.
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