+
General Discussion

Braising cheap cuts of meat without wine?

Scotty Unbeamed | Sep 21, 200403:44 PM     14

Hi y'all:

I need to cook frugally, but I also try to cook well. I love buying cheap cuts of meat, especially when they're on sale. Pork shoulder, for instance, rocks!

When I buy a big hunk of beef, I like to make a slow-simmering stew/braise - perfect for the upcoming colder weather. However, many recipes of this nature call for red wine. Geez, red wine gets expensive, and kind of defeats the purpose of cooking frugally. I don't live in the U.S., so I don't have access to the infamous Two-Buck Chuck. And I also don't like cooking with cheap wine that's too skanky to drink.

Are there good substitutes for wine? For instance, if I throw in lots of tomatoes, beef broth, herbs and such, and maybe splash in some red wine vinegar, will the resulting dish have a full enough flavor? I do throw in beer once in a while (to make carbonnade), but it doesn't seem to be quite as versatile as wine...

Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks very much for your help.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

9 Pizza Styles to Know & How to Make Them at Home
Guides

9 Pizza Styles to Know & How to Make Them at Home

by Miki Kawasaki | Pizza generally means one thing—in that everyone understands what you're talking about when you say...

11 Ingenious Hacks for Tackling Summer Produce
Guides

11 Ingenious Hacks for Tackling Summer Produce

by Posie Harwood | When summer produce is abundant, you want to each as much as possible, and these kitchen hacks for...

Homemade Dole Whip Is Only Two Ingredients Away
How To

Homemade Dole Whip Is Only Two Ingredients Away

by Jessica Gentile | With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we're embracing...

Boba 101: How To Make Bubble Tea at Home
How To

Boba 101: How To Make Bubble Tea at Home

by Jody Eddy | With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we're embracing...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.