Can I do anything with the leftovers? (besides compost)
I made an awesome jalapeno wine, and I have about two quarts of spent peppers, raisins and dead yeast. I'm wondering if I can use that stuff, as is or with the yeast rinsed out, in a quick bread or a yeast bread. Any thoughts?
The heat drives off *some* alcohol. Depending greatly on cooking method and amount of time. The one that surprises me is flambe leaving 75%! One would think a big alcohol flame would consume more than a quarter.
It's actually recently been shown that you can never cook out all the alcohol, because of the way it is attracted to water molecules. But you can get enough out that it is essentially gone.
When I cooked at a brew pub long ago, we used to make loaves of beer bread that included spent grain. It was very tasty stuff.
I did a wine long ago from dried tart cherries and raisins. That recipe called for actually soaking the fruit in boiling hot water and it never got fermented, only the resulting juice did. When I pulled that fruit off they looked and smelled so good that I put them in a simple syrup and spiked it up with rum. We use it with vanilla ice cream still, and sometimes I sweeten things with that cherry syrup. It's pretty darned good.