As the foreign as the phrase “leftover wine” might be to many of us, what you might not realize is that uncorked wine has a very definitive shelf life. As soon as it’s opened, wine begins to oxidize, the name for the process where its chemical structure begins to break down, fading the color, sapping the flavor, and essentially turn the wine to vinegar. Ideally you should finish the bottle during the window when the wine is at its freshest — three or four days for young wines and about a week for older wines.
But if you don’t make it under the deadline, don’t worry, and don’t waste! We’ve collected eight clever methods for getting the most out of your leftover wine without you having to pour a single drop down the sink.
To Boost Flavor In A Recipe
The sugar content in wine is just the boost that your compost pile needs to activate the bacteria within and start breaking down into a nutrient-rich mixture that any gardener would be delighted to get their hands on.
If you open a bottle of red wine that’s so corked you don’t even want to drink or cook with it, consider putting it in a spray bottle to wash off produce. The microbial properties of wine are so great that in addition to washing away basic impurities, it can also protect against food-borne bacterias like E.coli and salmonella, and even in some cases prevent food poisoning.
Poach Some Beautiful Fruit
From The Grapevine)
It’s long been said that applying white wine to a red wine spill will neutralize the spill and keep it from spreading further so that you can dab it away, but white wine is also effective in removing grease buildup. Mix it with a bit of baking soda and scrub away at the affected area; the white wine will absorb the stain and leave your garage floor or grill sparkling like new!
Pour It In Your Bath
Some celebrities swear by the skin restorative properties of red wine, and there are some indications that wine helps with circulation and maybe even cellulite-reduction, so pour two cups’ worth in your next hot bath and see for yourself!
Make A Do-It-Yourself Fly Trap