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I used to skip recipes that included alcohol. See Mr. Squid and I are non-drinkers. But I’ve learned that ingredients I have on hand are often good substitutions (as far as this teetotaler is concerned). Now, I’m not planning on trying to substitute the booze in vodka sauce–but recipes that include 1 cup of white wine or a smattering of red can easily have stand-ins.


As a base I use either chicken, vegetable, or beef broth. At my local grocers you can find Minor’s bases in the refrigerated section. They’re a little on the pricey side but one tub lasts forever. You can also use chicken broth from a carton. I tweak the flavor of the broth depending on what kind of wine the recipe calls for.


Here are a few substitutes I use:

White wine = Chicken broth + a little white grape juice + a splash of white balsamic vinegar

Red wine = Chicken or beef broth + a little red grape juice + a splash of regular balsamic vinegar

Fruit wines = Chicken or vegetable broth + apple or orange juice (maybe a bit of both) + white grape juice + fruit vinegars like raspberry


Your turn: Do you have any clever substitutions when recipes call for wine and you either don’t want to use it or don’t have it on hand?


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