Looking for an alternative to Verjuice? You’re in the right place! Keep reading for my favourite simple Verjuice substitutes.
What is Verjuice
Verjuice is a liquid made by crushing unripe grapes to extract the sour juice. It is used in cooking to give acidity and a subtle grapey flavour to dishes.
Best Verjuice Substitutes
1. Lemon Juice
While lemon juice doesn’t have the exact same flavour profile as verjuice, it does bring a nice burst of citrussy freshness to whatever you’re making. Given that lemon juice tends to be slightly more acidic and less sweet, start with less then add more as needed.
2. White Wine
White wine won’t be as fresh and acidic as verjuice and will add other flavours (along with the alcohol) but it is a good option.
3. Lime Juice
Similar to lemon juice but you’ll also get the bonus of the limey flavours.
4. Orange Juice
Oranges are sweeter and significantly less acidic but they will bring some freshness and zing into your dish. The extra sweetness may be a pleasant change.
5. Wine Vinegar
Verjuice contains mostly tartaric acid whereas vinegars are acetic acid based. This means verjuice has a different flavour profile and the acid of vinegar tends to be stronger and harsher than verjuice. But vinegar will add the freshness you’re looking for in verjuice so can work as a substitute – better than no acid. Start with less and add more as needed.
How to Store Verjuice
Unopened bottles keep in the pantry indefinitely. Once opened, store in the refrigerator. The verjuice will start to oxidize once opened so best to use within a few weeks. It won’t make you sick if you keep it longer than that but the flavour won’t be as fresh.
- The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Substitutes
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Also see see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.
Have fun in the kitchen!