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    Default Do you serve your children meals cooked with alcohol?

    I really hope this isn't too contentious and I haven't been around here for a while but this is always a good place for a variety of opinions.

    I use alcohol in cooking quite regularly. Beef and guiness pie, red wine marinated steaks etc. I was always told the alcohol cooks off and for this reason I regularly serve my kids meals with alcohol in them, albeit cooked.

    A mum I really respect recently mentioned having to cook a separate dinner for her kids as she had added wine to a casserole. I really didn't think this was an issue for kids in terms of alcohol consumption.

    So what's your take on this?

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    Yes, the alcohol is burned off in the cooking process

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    Not all of the alcohol is burned off during the cooking process. I forget how much remains, and after how long, but not all alcohol is burned off.
    I don't generally cook with alcohol, but not for any reason other than that I don't have any recipes that call for alcohol to be used. Never really thought about it.

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    On the rare occasion that we make a meal with alcohol, yes, I do serve it to DS. He has a small portion anyway (and we're lucky if he eats a full meal these days!), it's cooked off, and there's probably more alcohol in a glass of orange juice than he would consume from the very small amount of wine I put into such large dishes.

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    I do serve my DD food with alcohol cooked in, the vast majority will cook off, so I'm not worried about it. Alcohol actually occurs naturally in small amounts in lots of foods, including orange juice

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    No. I don't add it to cooking. If I am lucky enough to have it in the house I would prefer to drink it than add it to meals

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    Yep, all the time Not worried about the tiny amout of alcohol left (if any)

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    Yes I do. But I only cook something with alcohol in it maybe 3 times a year?

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    Yes I do regularly. I do a lot of slow cooking and add wine to it. I'm not concerned. If I was doing a flambé that would be a different story, I wouldn't give DS any. But I don't really feel the need to be flambéing at home lol.

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