Practical Uses of Leftover Wine

By Polly Perrot

Many people love drinking wine during dinner. It is also common to have a little bit of leftover wine. Some people throw this away. In this article, learn of practical ways to make use of leftover wine.

You can make homemade wine vinegar with leftover wine. What you need is a bottle of commercial vinegar that has Mycoderma aceti (also known as mother of vinegar). Mix this bottle of vinegar with your leftover wine in a clean jar. It is best to have a separate jar for red wines and another jar for white wines. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or a paper towel secured by a rubber band. Keep the jar at room temperature and open it once daily to stir it. You will have to add more wine to it as days go by because the vinegar will evaporate. Taste the wine vinegar only after a week and start using it once the taste suits you.

Make homemade vinaigrette. This can be done using leftover white wine only though. Prepare 1/3 cup white wine, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Blend these ingredients together using a fork or a whisk. As you go on blending these, slowly add 3/4 cup olive oil. This homemade vinaigrette is awesome for a salad dressing or sauce for certain kinds of meat and vegetables. Keep your homemade vinaigrette refrigerated.

Poach pears using leftover wine. Red wine is the best for poaching pears. Poached pears can be very tasty desserts to end any heavy meal.

Use leftover wine as marinade. It's great to marinate fish, chicken, beef, or tofu in wine. You need to use common sense in pairing wines with food. Don't use red wine if you don't want the food to look dark, reddish or purple. It's not good to use red wine for chicken.

Make the flavor of ordinary ketchup or gravy richer by adding your leftover wine to it. There are two ways to do this depending on how emphasized you want the wine flavor to be. You may either mix the wine in when making the sauce or stir it in right before serving.

If you are not going to use your leftover wine straight away, you may store it in a sealed container and put it in the freezer. Just remember not to store leftover wine for long periods of time. When leftover wine ages, it develops a bad taste.

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