Beer is not all about the bottle or can you crack open at the end of a long day or at a party with friends. Most types of beers are great ingredients in the kitchen too. Just as you’d do when cooking with wine, beer is used for many recipes to add flavour and body to the dishes. However, since the taste of beer is more distinctive compared to wine, you must accurately choose the right taste to pair with specific recipes. But there is no doubt that many benefits derive from using beer in the kitchen. Is there anything better than crack opening a beer, to then use half of it to cook whiles you enjoy the rest as you watch your meat get tender? Here are some benefits of cooking with beer that everyone should know about.
1. For braising
Top tv cooking shows have revealed that one of the culinary recipes that is benefiting from beer as an ingredient is braising. Weather it’s lentils or beans, beer turns out to be the main ingredients adding explosive flavour to basic dishes. Beer is good for seasoning ingredients with a touch of herbs such as basil or mint leaves. Braising is definitely among the top list of the benefits of cooking with beer .
2. For soups
Soups. Lets take the popular onion soup as an example. The secret for this traditional yet delicious recipe is that you let the onions cook down for over 40 minutes. Letting the onions cook in beer brightens out the sweetness because the liquid boils down, releasing all natural flavours. This is one of the most common benefits of cooking with beer really.
3. For marinades
Marinating with beer basically means making different types of meet, usually beef and pork, tender by soaking in in beer. Infact, one of the most effective ways to cook with beer, however, is to use it as a tenderizing marinade. Beer and meet seem to pair well because beer contains enzymes that help break down tough fibres in meat, making it more tender and flavourful.
4. Batter and frying
Adding beer to batter seem to be another perfect benefit of cooking with beer. This option is perfect for fish and chips lovers as beer works like sparkling water to carbonate the mix, helping to make it more crisp, light and airy. Beer batter is not only delicious for fish fries, but it can also be used to coat onion rings, calamari or tempura too. You can’t have the same benefits with any other fermented beverage, right?
5. Use the can
A bizarre but creative way of cooking delicious recipes with beer is opening a can of beer and placing it literally inside a whole raw chicken. This method allows the contents of the can to evaporate and keep the chicken meat moist during cooking.
6. Deserts and baking
Beer is not just perfect for highlighting poultry flavours like turkey, chicken and duck: it pairs perfectly with chocolate. You should definitely try beer velvet cake. This will surely proof to you how beneficial beer can be, helping you to show off your culinary skills.
What is your favourite beer inspired recipe? What do you think of cooking with beer? Let us know in a comment below.
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