Top Five Reasons You Should Cook With Coke

Posted: May 31, 2007

1. It shows that you're resourceful. You'd be amazed how often you can substitute a pour of Coke in a recipe that calls for wine, beer, juice or vinegar.

2. It solves the sad problem of flat Coke. Surely there's a glaze waiting to happen with the dregs of that 2-liter bottle.

3. It proves your mettle as a cook. As recognizable as the flavor of Coke is, it can be as evanescent as the bubbles. A great cola-glazed ham or Coca-Cola cake really does taste like the beverage.

4. Wouldn't you rather tell someone the secret ingredient in a dish is Coke rather than zucchini?

5. Because of Coke's most tongue-tingling quality. Sweet? Bubbly? No, sour. Coke is actually as acidic as lemon juice and vinegar - you just can't tell with everything else going on. The high acidity helps stabilize baked goods and focus flavors.

- Cox News Service

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