Cooking with Wine

Huzzah! New question in the inbox! This one comes from the Twin Cities’ crankiest old guy, SANK, who took the time to send in a question despite not getting much sleep lately. Here’s his question:

So.. do Mormon’s cook with wine? I ask since I posted a recipe that called for a half cup of wine, and since the alcohol is cooked out of it made me wonder.

Good Question! Yea, Mormons are generally fine cooking with wine. Some members of the church won’t – or would strongly prefer not to, but I don’t think it’s really much of a big deal to most Mormons either way. There has never been any official clarification from the institutional church about whether cooking with wine is ok, so folks just decide for themselves.

However, the hardest part of cooking with wine is that you have to BUY wine, which many members of the church would struggle with. Mormons really don’t want to be seen buying alcohol of any kind, because they want to set a good example, and because then people whisper and say “OMG, why is so-and-so buying wine? Must be breaking the Word of Wisdom! Naughty! Naughty!” Or because they don’t want to financially support alcohol companies. But, you know, I guess if you want to cook with wine, you’ve just gotta get over it.

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6 comments to Cooking with Wine

  • When I was a kid, my family avoided even cooking with wine. However, we used baking flavorings (like almond extract or peppermint extract) that are largely alcohol. As you say, there’s no hard-and-fast rule on this, so different families set different rules for themselves (kind of like precisely what you can or can’t do on Sunday).

  • Casey

    We use cooking wine instead of real wine. I’ve never used real wine so I don’t know what difference there is in flavor but we really enjoy the flavor the cooking wine gives.

  • I like cooking with wine. I think it makes food delicious. I typically use cooking wine and I don’t feel bad about it at all. After all, vanilla is mostly alcohol, right? And Mormons are the leaders of baking cookies and delivering to friends. Or so I hear.

  • Bill Roehl

    Cooking wine, because it’s sold in grocery stores, generally has a ton of sodium intended to stop people from drinking it to become intoxicated. Because of this sodium your food comes out tasting awful unless you account for the extra salt.

    Buy the wine and let it boil out. You’ll be better off for it.

  • Cooking wine is really awful stuff. And.. is not alcohol free. I hadn’t thought of the “seen in a liquor store” angle, I could see where that would be a problem, especially out west where you might run into folk you know.

    Thanks for the answer and for the new monikor- “TC’s crankiest old guy”.. i’m feeling expecially loved today.

  • Your last paragraph totally sums up those I grew up with. They wouldn’t set foot in a liquor store, at least not one in the small town we grew up in. Reputation was more important than anything and apparently that set a bad example.

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