So it’s called flambé -ing. Now I know. (image source)
I admit, I love watching cooking shows, especially the new ones styled after reality-TV. They make me hungry, but it’s still fun to watch. In many segments, the chef/cook will throw a splash of wine in the frying pan and it will seem to burn off almost instantly. Many times I ask myself, if the alcohol burns off, is the food halal?
Short answer: no. Apparently even after cooking for hours, there’ s still some left.
This is a good table (source) showing the length of time cooked and traces of alcohol left in the food. Even after it’s flamed in the frying pan a la celebrity chefs, 25% alcohol still remains.
Alcohol that has been… …has this much ethanol (alcohol) remaining added to boiling liquid, then removed from heat 85% set on fire, flamed, ‘flambé’ 75% left uncovered at room temperature, overnight 70% baked, 25 minutes, alcohol not stirred into mixture 45% baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into mixture: for 15 minutes 40% for 30 minutes 35% for 1 hour (60 minutes) 25% for 1.5 hours (90 minutes) 20% for 2 hours (120 minutes) 10% for 2.5 hours (150 minutes) 5%