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Dousing food in rubbing alcohol to cook it?

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  • 27-08-2019 5:58pm
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    I've eaten loads of dried squid over the years, and it's often done by throwing rubbing alcohol on a plate with some squid and lighting it on fire. The process takes less than a minute.

    I'm eating it right now. I assume everything burns off so it's no bother? Delicious. I'm in Asia.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,713 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    I wouldn't assume that at all. Its unlikely to be pure isopropyl alcohol and anything else - or impeded combustion - is going to leave you with something other than CO2 and water vapour.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 30,657 Mod ✭✭✭✭Faith


    Nope, the vast majority of the alcohol will remain present. It's a common misconception that alcohol is "burned off".


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,381 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    Some rubbing alcohols / denatured alcohols will have horrible tasting unpalatable additives to stop desparate alcoholics drinking them.

    Just use regular drinking alcohol, high strength vodkas can be got in specialist off licences.


  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭Ronanc1


    Faith wrote: »
    Nope, the vast majority of the alcohol will remain present. It's a common misconception that alcohol is "burned off".

    While this maybe true when discussing cooking with wine, vodka and beer. I'd imagine its a different case with rubbing alcohol it is usually at least 70% and would likely vaporise easier and to a great completion. Though as rubadub says you never know what additives your source of alcohol could contain.


  • Posts: 17,378 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    It happens rarely nowadays. Like once a year. So I'm not gonna worry about it.


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