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Brandy for cooking?

  • 25-05-2020 1:21pm
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    Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 51,687 Mod ✭✭✭✭


    Hi all,

    I'm wondering what type of Brandy people use for cooking? I use brandy in a pepper sauce recipe I have, and it's quite nice. At the moment, I'm using Hennessy, but it's quite expensive, and I'm wondering if there is a cheaper alternative.

    Is there such a thing as cooking brandy?

    Thanks!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,276 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard


    I just buy the cheapest one I can find in Lidl or Aldi to cook with.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,522 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    I'm not even sure "cooking sherry" is made anymore and I've never seen cooking brandy - just get the own brand wherever you shop, its almost always "called" Napoleon for some reason! (its a grade, I believe, but you wouldn't generally just sell whisky as '[shop name] 18' or whatever)


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,371 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    L1011 wrote: »
    but you wouldn't generally just sell whisky as '[shop name] 18' or whatever)

    I really miss the old tesco labels. They all have names, now, like Nikita vodka. I am pretty sure some are sold at a loss so probably did not want to actually sell any, but just appear in grocery comparison sites as cheap. So they purposely made horrific labels.

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    The later "everyday" labels just sounded so wrong!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,804 ✭✭✭✭Mellor


    L1011 wrote: »
    its almost always "called" Napoleon for some reason! (its a grade, I believe, but you wouldn't generally just sell whisky as '[shop name] 18' or whatever)

    Napoleon is a grade, commonly called XO. The own brand stuff is definitely not XO brandy. They are just using a well know historical name - unaware that it's grade.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,522 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Mellor wrote: »
    Napoleon is a grade, commonly called XO. The own brand stuff is definitely not XO brandy. They are just using a well know historical name - unaware that it's grade.

    That makes it even worse then - checked and both Aldi and Tesco are using it as the 'brand' name. Lidl is "Majestat".


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,557 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu


    You can get cooking brandy - it's pre-seasoned so it is sold as a sauce and hence doesn't attract alcohol duty. I've only ever seen it in wholesalers, though.

    Musgrave sell cooking wine - red and white, brandy, Madeira, port, sherry, marsalla - you name it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,771 ✭✭✭snowgal


    God I dont think Ive ever used Brandy for cooking. Apart from pepper sauce what would you ue it for, out of curiosity?? I love a galss o neat brandy every now and again...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,276 ✭✭✭Cheshire Cat


    You can get cooking brandy - it's pre-seasoned so it is sold as a sauce and hence doesn't attract alcohol duty. I've only ever seen it in wholesalers, though.

    Musgrave sell cooking wine - red and white, brandy, Madeira, port, sherry, marsalla - you name it.

    You can get pre-seasoned cooking brandy through Pallas Click & Collect at the moment €5.55/l
    However the minimum order is €30.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,276 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard


    snowgal wrote: »
    God I dont think Ive ever used Brandy for cooking. Apart from pepper sauce what would you ue it for, out of curiosity?? I love a galss o neat brandy every now and again...

    I always use a splash to deglaze the pan when making stroganoff, so sue me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,371 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    You can get pre-seasoned cooking brandy through Pallas Click & Collect at the moment €5.55/l
    However the minimum order is €30.
    I'm surprised I never heard of this, would have thought I would have heard of winos or young lads getting their hands on it. Would have thought you would need some sort of licence or check to get it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,804 ✭✭✭✭Mellor


    snowgal wrote: »
    God I dont think Ive ever used Brandy for cooking. Apart from pepper sauce what would you ue it for, out of curiosity?? I love a galss o neat brandy every now and again...

    It's probably the most common spirit used in cooking. Common in french cuisine, for obvious reasons.

    Sauces, pate, flambe dishes, desserts, deglazing, pate,
    rubadub wrote: »
    I'm surprised I never heard of this, would have thought I would have heard of winos or young lads getting their hands on it. Would have thought you would need some sort of licence or check to get it.

    First I heard of it too. A quick search turns up a whiskey too.
    6 euro a litre. The hard up boys would be all over it tbh, no matter how much salt there is.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 478 Mod ✭✭✭✭TheKBizzle


    Yeah I get it through Pallas or if there’s a total produce near you they’ll get it in too. I use it in the cafe where I work.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,276 ✭✭✭Cheshire Cat


    TheKBizzle wrote: »
    Yeah I get it through Pallas or if there’s a total produce near you they’ll get it in too. I use it in the cafe where I work.

    Out of curiosity, how heavily seasoned is this? Saw it when I was putting an order together but didn't order it. I think for domestic use "normal" brandy is better as it is more versatile. Wouldn't want to feed a fruit cake with salty Brandy!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,849 Mod ✭✭✭✭igCorcaigh


    Not brandy, but I use xiaoxing wine, which is kind of like sherry, it's Chinese. You can find it in Asian shops.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,048 ✭✭✭Truckermal


    Slightly off topic but search on YouTube for Hennessy pizza....:D


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