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Old 07-22-2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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cooking Sherry?

Is there somewhere that I'm likely to find small amounts of sherry for a recipe?

My wife and I don't drink and we've never tried this recipe before so its possible that we may never make it again.

The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of sherry and we already checked all our friends who drink to see if they had some we could have.

I'm thinking of stopping by a liquor store but I don't know if they have really small bottles of sherry or just full size ones.

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Old 07-22-2005, 11:00 PM   #2
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This topic may help.

Substitutes for sweet sherry
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:23 PM   #3
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Sherry really has a very distincive flavor .... you would be better off to omit it than try to substitute for it. And, for heavens sake, stay away from that crap in the grocery store called "cooking sherry" - it's mostly salt and really crappy sherry.

Check the liquor store ... I don't remember ever seeing a small bottle - but they would know if they were available.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:30 PM   #4
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Michael is right on - no cooking sherry.

In the liquor store, you can pick up a bottle of dry or pale dry sherry for $5 or less. It will be a full-sized bottle but will last for a very long time as it's a fortified wine.
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Old 07-23-2005, 04:53 PM   #5
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Ditto on the absolutely positively NO cooking sherry - a bottle is VERY inexpensive and it will last for years - so eventually you're bound to use it maybe one more thing. We can buy ours at the grocery store in the wine department. If you use fresh ginger you can peel and slice the ginger then put in a small bottle and cover with the sherry - will last a VERY long time - like over a year - like this. You can then use the ginger-infused sherry in some wok cooking or other dishes. Just add more sherry as necessary.
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Old 07-23-2005, 05:18 PM   #6
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a related question. The same recipe suggests the use of unsweetened apple juice as a replacement for the sherry. How similiar are they. Unsweetened apple juice is probably tough to find too though.
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Personally I don't think they are similar but I can see where that apple flavor would fit nicely as a substitute. You may find unsweetened apple juice at a health food store - and possibly on the upper shelf of the grocery store where some of the more natural juices are i.e., cranberry.
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Old 07-23-2005, 05:31 PM   #8
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Alcohol Substitutes for Recipes

Here's a helpful list that suggests substitutes for a variety of alcoholic beverages. Quantities and substitutes vary, depending on the recipe used.

  • Amaretto: non-alcoholic almond extract; orgeat Italian soda syrup; or marzipan.
  • Applejack or apple brandy: Unsweetened apple juice concentrate; apple juice; apple cider; or apple butter.
  • Apricot brandy: Syrup from canned apricots in heavy syrup; or apricot preserves.
  • Bourbon: Non-alcoholic vanilla extract.
  • Champagne and other sparkling wines: Sparkling apple cider; sparkling cranberry juice; or sparkling grape juice.
  • Cherry liqueur or brandy: Syrup from canned cherries in heavy syrup; Italian soda cherry syrup; or cherry preserves.
  • Coffee liqueur or brandy: Espresso; non-alcoholic coffee extract; or coffee syrup.
  • Creme de cacao: Powdered white chocolate mixed with water; non-alcoholic vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
  • Creme de cassis: Black currant Italian soda syrup; or black currant jam.
  • Creme de menthe: Mint Italian soda syrup; or non-alcoholic mint extract.
  • Gewurztraminer: White grape juice mixed with lemon juice, water, and a pinch of powdered sugar.
  • Licorice or anise flavored liqueur: Anise Italian soda syrup; or fennel.
  • Mirin: White grape juice mixed with lemon juice or zest.
  • Muscat: White grape juice mixed with water and powdered sugar
  • Orange liqueur or brandy: Unsweetened orange juice concentrate; orange zest; orange juice; or marmalade.
  • Peach brandy: Syrup from canned peaches in heavy syrup; or peach preserves.
  • Peppermint schnapps: Mint Italian soda syrup; non-alcoholic mint extract; or mint leaves
  • Port: Concord grape juice mixed with lime zest; or cranberry juice mixed with lemon juice
  • Red wine: Grape juice; vegetable stock; cranberry juice; tomato juice; or concord grape jelly.
  • Riesling: White grape juice mixed with water and a pinch of powdered sugar.
  • Rum: Non-alcoholic vanilla or rum extract.
  • Sherry: Apple cider; non-alcoholic vanilla extract; coffee; or coffee syrup.
  • Vermouth: Apple cider; or apple juice mixed with lemon juice and water.
  • Vodka: Water; apple cider or white grape juice mixed with lime juice.
  • White wine: White grape juice; apple cider; apple juice; vegetable stock; or water.
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I think most apple juice that's labelled ' 100% juice' doesn't have added sugars to it; check your grocery store brands to see.
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Amen on the cooking sherry. We usually find some at the grocery store.
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