A question about a recipe: General Tso's Cauliflower

I have a question about the recipe "General Tso's Cauliflower" from Sarah Jampel. What is the purpose of the vodka? Can I substitute with something else?

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Recipe question for: General Tso's Cauliflower

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel May 16, 2017

The vodka contributes to a crisp, crunchy coating. (Read more about it here: https://food52.com/blog...) Vodka is a quite neutral spirit, though you could try bourbon or gin (though they may leave more of an aftertaste!).

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Claudia
Claudia May 17, 2017

Thanks so much. Great concept. I don't suppose it matters that the vodka I have is an open bottle from decades ago. I read online that so long as there isn't an odd odor or color to it, it will only be less potent.

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