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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 16th Nov 09, 11:26 AM
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:26 AM
    You're joking right??? People are pouring wine down the sink? I simply don't believe that, and how on earth do 'they' know?

    However, if there are people out there who are buying wine and then chucking it away then they might think about pouring it in a freezer bag along with some meat and garlic. Stick it in the freezer and you have ready marinated meat to defrost. I saw Nigella do this.

    Freezing in ice cube trays for adding to casseroles is a good idea as you say.

    Adding to any stew, casserole or gravy.

    Use it to make grown up jellies.

    Soak dried fruit in it for cakes.

    I still don't believe it though. I certainly never chuck wine away
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 23-11-2009 at 11:50 AM.
  • spend_thrift
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:40 AM
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:40 AM
    Great thread!

    I'm looking for ways to use up some fizzy Rose cava that has gone a bit flat. I don't really want to drink it as I'm supposed to be staying off alcohol, but I'd love to cook with it somehow...

    Also, I know it sounds odd that people throw plonk away, but recently I'm starting to see why it might happen... sometimes a glass of wine to use up the bottle is not worth the hangover on a work night... crazy I know, but sometimes it's the truth! :rolleyes:
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 16th Nov 09, 11:42 AM
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    poached pears would be nice with the rose I think. if you don't want to do it now, then freeze it. Alcohol will be driven off by the heat.
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  • sunflower76
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:47 AM
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    What's wrong with putting the leftover wine in the fridge until the next night? I don't think I've ever tipped away wine.

    White wine is always drunk but if it's an awful bottle it'll be OK with lemonade and a slice of lemon and ice cubes.

    Red wine is almost always drunk but leftovers would gt used in poached pears, stews, gravies or casseroles.

    Anything else lasts doesn't it until you;re ready to drink it?
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 16th Nov 09, 11:48 AM
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    I wonder if you could poach apples in it .I have half a bottle of Chardonnay wine in my fridge left from when my sis-in-law visited in September. Neither of my DDs drink wine and I can take it or leave it .I would rather have a G&T with ice and slice. I am too mean to just throw it away and everytime I open the fridge I think I must do something with that ,do you think it will still be o.k. to cook with
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  • Oldernotwiser
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:51 AM
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:51 AM
    Leftover wine - now there's an unusual concept!
    • twinkle_star
    • By twinkle_star 16th Nov 09, 11:55 AM
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:55 AM
    My housemate had one of those enormous boxes of cheap red wine and decided it was too vile to drink. But we all used it up slowly for sloshing into stews, pasta sauces, frying mushrooms etc. It lasted for months and though I started thinking it really couldn't be ok all those months later it was absolutely fine - it had just turned into red wine vinegar!
  • spend_thrift
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:59 AM
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    • 16th Nov 09, 11:59 AM
    What's wrong with putting the leftover wine in the fridge until the next night? I don't think I've ever tipped away wine.

    Anything else lasts doesn't it until you;re ready to drink it?
    Originally posted by sunflower76
    In my case I have a small amount of red wine left over after opening a half bottle to make boeuf bourginon (sp?) and I find red gives me hangovers, so I haven't felt the urge to drink it yet.

    The rose is left over from when a friend came round a couple of weeks ago. It's more her taste than mine, and there's about a 1/3 of a bottle left, so quite a lot to drink on my own and not quite enough to share... :rolleyes:

    I suppose the urgency with the rose is to have it before it goes flat (probably too late already!) and to find a use for it so I can recycle the bottle and get it off my worktop where space is at a premium!

    Perhaps people don't know how to properly store opened bottles of wine these days? Or how long wine can be stored for? I notice that most bottles of any type of booze these days have ridiculously short "drink within .... days of opening" on them. Perhaps non frugal types just don't want to risk it? :confused:
    • brownhandbag
    • By brownhandbag 16th Nov 09, 12:28 PM
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    Top tip I found in an old recipe book on a torn out bit from a magazine....1960's

    put some dried fruit in a large jam jar and then add all the leftover wine dregs. Keep adding and eventually you use the fruit for xmas cakes/puddings! Genius I thought
  • spend_thrift
    Top tip I found in an old recipe book on a torn out bit from a magazine....1960's

    put some dried fruit in a large jam jar and then add all the leftover wine dregs. Keep adding and eventually you use the fruit for xmas cakes/puddings! Genius I thought
    Originally posted by brownhandbag
    Sounds fantastic! I'll bet they would be good in muffins too.... mmmmm
  • valk_scot
    I'll hold my hand up here...I'm constantly chucking out wine. When my SIL died five years ago we inherited her copious booze cupboard which contained everything from five years out of date cases of lager through dozens of half empty bottles of "holiday bad buy" liqueurs to some very good wines, good malt whisky and gawd knows what else. There was so much of this stuff we were giving out half cases of wine to just about anyone that came over the threshold. And I distinctly recall spending half an hour one day tipping all the crusty, sticky, brightly coloured liqueurs down the sink.

    Five years on we've almost got to the end of the wine. (Only about 40 bottles left.) Trouble is most of the time I've got little idea what I'm opening, other than red, white or rose. She had posh wine, she had cheap wine. Cheap wine five years on is garbage, belive me. If I open a bottle for the bolognaise and it's good, we drink the rest. If not we chuck it. Yes, chuck it. With so much left we feel there's not much point in forcing ourselves to drink nasty stuff!

    We have enough port and malt whisky left to last us to the end of our days. Actually, I quite like port but it's not something I drink every day. Our main problem is that Hubby is a real beer man and I barely drink at all. While SIL...well, she was a single mum. What the heck did she need an understair cupboard FULL of booze for?
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  • spend_thrift
    Oooh this looks like a good way to use up that rose - I even have some blueberries stashed in the freezer...

    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2821/blueberries+in+rose+wine+jelly

    (Copy & paste link into your browser - I can't post live links yet since I'm a noob
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 16th Nov 09, 1:06 PM
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    You can use spirits in cake making. It makes excellent flavouring if you use it to soak the dried fruit. Quite useful if you don't drink but are given some for a present as we sometimes have been.
    • horsechestnut
    • By horsechestnut 16th Nov 09, 1:16 PM
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    I never buy wine, but if visitors bring some to go with a meal and there is any wine left, then I freeze it in little tubs and add it to sauces/stews etc. You can add it frozen and it will melt in the hot pan.
    Chicken in a Champagne sauce is wonderful! The better the wine then then better the sauce.
    • pol
    • By pol 16th Nov 09, 1:21 PM
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    JackieO you can poach apples in it, it should be ok. Chardonnay will be nice with apples. You could always use it in a white wine and cream sauce for chicken or put it into a gravy.
    I make lavender wine and roast peaches and nectarines in it, think I'll try with apples next time.
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    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 16th Nov 09, 1:24 PM
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    If you buy a red wine and then find out you don't like it, chuck a glass of it in with the sauce when you make spaghetti bolognese or lasagne.
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 16th Nov 09, 1:46 PM
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    If you buy a red wine and then find out you don't like it
    Originally posted by minerva_windsong
    do what I do and carry on drinking itI do realise not everyone is an old soak like me
    • CCP
    • By CCP 16th Nov 09, 1:57 PM
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    The rose is left over from when a friend came round a couple of weeks ago. It's more her taste than mine, and there's about a 1/3 of a bottle left, so quite a lot to drink on my own and not quite enough to share... :rolleyes:

    I suppose the urgency with the rose is to have it before it goes flat (probably too late already!) and to find a use for it so I can recycle the bottle and get it off my worktop where space is at a premium!
    Originally posted by spend_thrift
    Last Christmas my dad used up some unwanted sparkling rose wine in a chicken risotto - it was really tasty (if a bit pink-looking), and I don't even like rose wine.

    Like minerva_windsong I love red wine in lasagne / bolognese sauce, although the wine has got to be pretty terrible to stop me drinking at least a glass of it while cooking! White wine's good in creamy sauces - one of my favourites is chicken or turkey with mushrooms in a white wine and tarragon sauce. It tastes surprisingly sophisticated for something that takes 5 minutes to throw together.
  • fedupfreda
    Left over wine???? Never had it......

    On the other hand, left over cider or beer goes lovely in stews (cider for pork or chicken, beer with beef). Left over port goes well with game stews.

    Left over liqueurs - make chocolate truffles (with Amaretto or Grand Marnier - lovely!) or maybe pour a little over trifle sponges. Most spirits make good fruit cake ingredients - esp. for christmas cake - soak the fruit in booze for a few days beforehand. Or you can add a little spirit or liqueur to custard to make a boozy custard (the operative word here is 'little'.... too much is definitely too much...) Failing that some spirits can be added to jams or marmalades as they are cooking - specifically whisky or Grand Marnier/Cointreau to marmalade, Vodka or Gin to strawberry or raspberry jam, Brandy or Bacardi to blackberry or plum jam.
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