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Old 01-04-2007, 05:17 PM   #11
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Thanks for the funny! :) No, just trying to take cut back on my caffeine intake... :)
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:31 PM   #12
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Ok, this is a bit off the beaten path but cooking with coke brought up this terrific way to hide the taste of scorched tomato based sauces. If you are making spaghetti, lasagna, etc., anything with a tomato based sauce and you have overcooked it, burned, etc, if you add some coke to the sauce it will nearly resurrect your sauce to its mostly edible state once again. Hint: Just avoid stirring up the cooked on charcoal layer at the bottom of your pot as much as you can while adding the coke. This really is a good last ditch effort to save your sauce if you don't want to start over.
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:49 PM   #13
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Never fear - an 8oz can of Coke (Classic) only has 23mg of caffeine. An 8oz cup of coffee (depending on brewing method and variety of the beans) will have anywhere from 90mg to 200mg. If you consume 1/4 of the liquid in your pot roast then you have only consumed about as much caffeine as in an 8oz cup of decaf coffee - and far less than the amount of caffeine found in some over-the-counter pain relievers like asprin or Tylenol (not all contain caffeine - you have to read the labels).

FWIW: The use of Coke, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, Ginger Ale, etc. in recipes appears to have it's roots in WWI and WWII when sugar was one of the first things to rationed - but soft drinks were not. My grandmother used to make a Coke Cake, a Ginger Ale Cake, she used Dr. Pepper for pork roasts and Root Beer (reduced to a syrup) as a glaze for baked hams.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:25 AM   #14
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I have a question to blucrnwmn, would cooking this recipe in the crock pot change the density of the roast vs. the oven?
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:42 AM   #15
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I made a ham for Christmas and coke was one of the ingredients for the basting liquid. I was the best ham I've ever had and I plan a repeat at Easter.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:23 AM   #16
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I always make Brandied Rabbit in Mustard Sauce for Easter dinner.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:45 AM   #17
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Another FWIW -
Caffeine free Coke is really good.
NOT the diet kind! Just regular coke without caffeine.
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Old 02-09-2007, 11:24 AM   #18
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I have a question to blucrnwmn, would cooking this recipe in the crock pot change the density of the roast vs. the oven?
I don't believe so--my crock pot is pretty old, so I pretty much use it for warming soup--I do my few slow cooks in the oven...Thanks for writing!
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:41 PM   #19
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can always use caffine free coke

the lime and the cola extracts meld with the taste of beef very well.
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Old 02-23-2007, 08:18 PM   #20
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Another FWIW -
Caffeine free Coke is really good.
NOT the diet kind! Just regular coke without caffeine.
First non-introduction post. Sorry to bump a falling thread, but I had two comments:

1: Caffeine free coke is DEFINATELY the answer to your question here. People seem to confuse it with 'diet coke', But its NOT. Its regular coke, regular full flavor, all the calories and sugars etc.....just no caffeine.

2: I did a recipe a couple years ago (that I have since lost and would love to find) that was a chili-like recipe with beans and such....but one of the ingredients was 'black cherry soda'. It actually took me a little work to find it, But finally found 4 packs of Black Cherry made by 'Stewarts' (who makes great fountain type drinks, like orange cream and strawberries n cream).

Anyway, It might be something to consider in your roast recipe instead of Coke.
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