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How Much Alcohol Burns Off or Evaporates in Cooking?

That depends on how much distilled spirits, wine or beer is used and the cooking time and temperature. When added to uncooked foods, the alcohol content doesn't change. If it's added to boiling liquid at the end of cooking, about 85 percent of the alcohol may remain. For foods that are braised (cooked covered in liquid at temperatures below boiling in a covered pot) for 2 ½ hours only about 5 percent of the alcohol remains. A flambé (flamed) dish may retain about 75 percent of its alcohol content.