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Cooking evaporates alcohol.


Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, which is why people think it disappears in sauces and baked goods. The percentage depends on how long it simmers and other factors, like the size of the pan. People who want to avoid all alcohol for religious or medical reasons need to be aware that some alcohol will remain even after long cooking.Preparation MethodPercent of Alcohol RetainedAlcohol added to boiling liquid & removed from heat85%Alcohol flamed75%No heat, stored overnight70%Baked, 25 minutes, alcohol not stirred into mixture45%Baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into mixture: 15 minutes40%30 minutes35%1 hour25%1.5 hours20%2 hours10%2.5 hours5%

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