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    We had friends over for dinner last night and we have about 1/2 a bottle of wine left. DH and I are teetotallers ( I drink wine only occasionally). I want to use it up before it turns bad. I know I can use it for cooking meat but I have lots of letovers that need to be eaten before I make anything. So, all ye groks, what can I do with it? Can I cook eggs with wine?


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    You could mail it to me. I'll drink it.

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      You could make vinegar - get a bottle of raw unpasteruized cider vinegar and add a little bit of the culture to the wine bottle. Put a piece of cloth over the bottle neck and set the bottle in a dark place. Check it every so often and when it's a strong as you like, bottle it and let it rest for a while.


      I've also heard of people freezing it in ice cube trays and saving it for cooking later.

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        Geoff, both those are brilliant ideas. Thanks so much! I have Bragg's apple cider vinegar at home, would that work?

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          Is it a red?


          I like to use leftover wine in a rich soup of bacon, vegetables (including winter squash), and beef broth.

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            Thanks. Glad you liked the ideas.


            The Bragg's should work - it's what I've used. Just get ready for some vinegar flies.

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              Barbey, it's white. There was a little bit of red left too but I just dumped it. I think I'll freeze the small amounts in future for later use as suggested by Geoff.


              Geoff, you said cover with cloth. So you don't use the cork?

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                No, you shouldn't cork it. The vinegar culture requires oxygen.

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                  A note on freezing - I tried it with red wine but it didn't freeze properly, went more like a slush-puppy. I presume it was due to a combination of the alcohol content and a useless freezer.

                  Was still fine to store and use, just made a bit of a mess when I tried to "pop" a cube out of the tray...!

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                    I sincerely wish that I ever had leftover wine ;-)

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                      maba, if you do decide to use it for cooking meat in the future just put it in your fridge and it will be good for a few weeks. I usually have a 5 gl box in my fridge for either ocassional drinking or cooking and it stays good for 2 months at a time.

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                        kuno, LOL!


                        maba, you should have offered it to your guests as option number one.


                        You can use it to make a cheese/wine sauce to put on broccoli, etc. The alcohol will (mostly?) evaporate, but the flavors are still there.

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                          I love to add wine to my stews. It adds such a lovely flavor. Very savory. Just match your meat to the kind of wine you have on hand.

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                            I need to totally branch out of my usual repertoire and make soups and stews.

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                              Adding it to soups and stews is a great idea! As is the cheese sauce - cheese fondue anyone?


                              CC69: The one time I did that w/ a bottle of red wine, it tasted acrid after a week. I was new to wine back then and I thought it stored just like juice and offered it to some friends after it stayed in the fridge for about a week. I was SO embarassed when I took a sip of it! Maybe the boxed ones have a spigot that prevents the wine from oxidixing. Or I need to invest in those fancy stoppers that prevent the air from getting in.


                              @Geoff: How much culture do I add for half a bottle of wine?

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