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Nov. 10, 2022
While delicious, vodka isn’t just for drinking. It can bring out the flavours in your pasta sauce, help you marinate your meat and even make your pastries flakier. It can also make the process of cooking more delicious too — if you sip on a cocktail while you prep your meal.
When you’re creating a dish, quality matters. We rely on the finest natural French ingredients — and there are only two of them: soft winter wheat from Picardie and natural spring water from our own well in Gensac-la-Pallue, France.
Our wheat is even from a place called the “bread basket of France.” In France, wheat is divided into 4 categories:
Blé Panifiable Supérieur is the only grade considered good enough to make the finest French bread and pastries, and it’s also the only grade considered good enough to make our vodka.
Similar to cooking with wine, cooking with vodka enhances the flavour of whatever you’re cooking. It brings out more deliciousness in your culinary creation. Here are three main areas where it can improve your dishes.
You’ve probably heard of vodka sauce in Italian food, and there’s a reason it’s so popular. It emphasizes the flavours already in the tomato-based sauce for a powerful, flavourful punch. It can even make it more aromatic, which will enhance your taste experience as well.
Once again, vodka helps bring out the flavours in whatever you’re preparing, making it a perfect flavour catalyst for your marinade. Just mix up your favourite sauce, add a little vodka, and then coat your protein in it.
You’ll want to make sure you don’t let it marinade too long as that can break down the integrity of your meat, chicken, tofu or whatever you’re making. Follow general marinade recipe guidelines when creating this main dish.
And finally, dessert. Try substituting the water in your pastry recipe with vodka instead. This prevents the gluten from coming together during the baking process, which means you get a much fluffier crust. Adding vodka into your dough makes your baked product flakier and all the more delicious.
If you’re used to having a glass of wine while you cook, maybe you should mix it up and make a vodka cocktail instead. Just make sure you drink responsibly while cooking. We have plenty of recipes for you to choose from for a little drink while you cook.
Incorporating vodka with your cooking is a fun and delicious way to take advantage of the versatile spirit. Have fun experimenting with it, and check out our tips for pairing cocktails with your meal.