You must have read a lot of recipes using beer as a part of them. Are you inspired to experiment with some of them? Then here is your quick guide on the Dos of using specialty beer cocktails in your cooking. Get ready to host a party with your specialty beer dishes.
- Replacing a part of the recipe:
Sometimes replacing a part of the recipe with your craft beer can add great flavors. Let us see this with an example. If a recipe requires you to add water or stock, that does not contribute to enhancing the taste of the recipe, try adding craft beer. It solves the purpose of adding required liquid and at the same time adds to taste. You can try new tastes by doing this. But remember it may not be a good idea to replace the whole quantity of liquids needed in a recipe. This will spoil the taste. For example, in a soup, if you replace the entire liquid with beer, that may turn out a disaster. A glass of beer would be better off then. Do your mix and match but by judging the recipe.
- In marinations:
If you want new flavors in your meat, try marinating them with beer the next time you cook. The whole essence of the beer is taken in by the meat and it truly does magic here. It also helps retain the moisture needed in meat as it is very important to enjoy your meat, otherwise, it becomes rubbery. You can even soak your vegetables and pickles in beer for that extra flavor. When you marinate with beer, the food becomes very soft and just melts in your mouth. Why stick to the regular ways of cooking when you have so many options? One thing to take care of is the quantity to use and the recipe that you follow.
- More flavorful food:
There are many recipes where you can use these specialty beer cocktails. When you are not sure which beer to use for what kind of recipe, just imagine the flavor you want in your cooked food. This will help you choose the right kind of beer for the recipe. The beer as it is has a different flavor but when cooked gives out another flavor. So, you have to go by the flavor of the resultant food and not the original one. It may so happen that after cooking the beer may turn bitter or sweet according to its type. A strong flavor may overpower the taste of the food and may prevent you from enjoying the meal. Most authentic recipes mention the type and quantity you should be using, nevertheless, you can always experiment.