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Burning off alcohol?

post #1 of 5
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I made a recipe of 'Grand Marnier Prawns' last night.  The instructions called for "burning off' the alcohol of 1 cup of Grand Marnier.  What I did was place the GM in a sauce pan and lit it on fire....and it burned...and it burned...and I became inpatient.  The flames simmered down to bluish and put the lid on the pan to put it out.  Was I too impatient?  Should  I have waited until the flames extinguished themselves?  Thanks in advance for your answers! 
"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"  Mame Dennis... 'Auntie Mame'
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"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"  Mame Dennis... 'Auntie Mame'
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post #2 of 5
 After ignition of liquor ,turn flame down a bit and let them burn themselves out . This makes the liquor heavier and with  less alcohol content to taste

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #3 of 5
Just let it go, the flavor will get better as the sugars in the alcohol start to carmelize. Stopping the process early causes a loss of flavor and too much alcohol left in the food.
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"In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. "
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post #4 of 5
If you're impatient, use a skillet instead of a saucepan. The more surface area there is, the faster the alcohol burns off. But, as others have said, let it burn out on its own for best results.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #5 of 5
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Thank you all!  I kind of suspected I should have let it go...excellent hint to increase the surface area to reduce the burning time. 
"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"  Mame Dennis... 'Auntie Mame'
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"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"  Mame Dennis... 'Auntie Mame'
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