Alcohol in Cooking

Q.  When alcohol is an ingredient for a recipe how does SQL calculate for the amount of alcohol retained  in the finished product?


A.  Because of the many variations in cooking methods, temperatures and times Genesis does not adjust the alcohol content of cooked recipes.

Here is a link to the USDA Table of Nutrient Retention Factors, Release 6, see page 12:

Here are some general guidelines for the alcohol retained in cooked products:

Alcohol flamed - 75% retained
Baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into the mixture for 15 minutes - 40% retained
Baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into the mixture for 2.5 hours - 5% retained

Source: Augustin, J. et al, Alcohol retention in food preparation. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 92(4):486-488, 1992

In Genesis, you can manually decrease the alcohol in the recipe using the Override column in the Edit Recipe features.

Reducing the grams of alcohol in the recipe may result in the need to adjust the Calories (7 Calories per gram of alcohol).

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