Although it may be debatable to some whether or not alcohol really does burn-off in cooking, the issue remains to be something many people simply leave to the scientific facts and then decide what they’ll do about it once they know more. Check out this alcohol burn-off chart for more info on that. The MHK chart below shows some of my favorite substitutes for alcohol that can be used in cooking.
I simply pair the flavor that the alcohol is derived from and find a similar non-alcoholic beverage or liquid to use. A PDF version of the chart is at the end of this post.