12 Interesting Uses of Wine
What you can do with leftover wine? Do not toss that old one as it can be good for more than just drinking. Here are a lot of uses for it.
Make wine cubes
Pour old wine into an ice cube tray, freeze and then break out the cubes when you do not want to drink a glass of wine, or use them for single servings of extra flavor on hand for soup, stew, sauces etc.
Turn it into jelly
Your choice of wine, some sugar and a pouch of liquid pectin are all it takes to make a customized flavor of wine jelly. Do not you like a little homemade champagne jelly with strawberries on the morning toast?
Dress some greens
Whisk bubbly with white vinegar, olive oil, mustard, diced onion or shallot and a pinch of sugar. It won’t even matter if your champagne has gone flat.
Red wine is a great marinade for beef. Mix with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice, to taste, and add your favorite herbs.
Rinse fruits and vegetables
Wine has antimicrobial properties that help kill germs, according to food scientist Mark Daeschel of Oregon State University.
You can use virtually any type of red wine to dye fabric as long as you are open to experimentation when it comes to the result, which can range from deep mauve or even gray to pale pink. Heat the wine to boil in a big soup pot on the stove top, add the fabric, stir with a wooden spoon for ten minutes and stay cooling. Then rinse the fabric well.
All of those antioxidants that make red wine a healthy beverage may also provide benefits when applied to the skin. Some women suggest using red wine as a toner that may help smooth and refine skin thanks to the acidity, similar to that of vinegar.
Clean fruits and vegetables
Wine can be used as a natural vegetable and fruit cleaner. Wine alcohol dissolves impurities on the surface. Components in wine kill several types of food borne pathogens such as coli and salmonella.
The alcohol can efficiently remove countertop stains and disinfect kitchen surfaces. It needs to be recycled, reused, or otherwise it just gets dumped into your waste drain. If you want to try it at home, use dry white wines like sauvignon blanc, because they do not leave a stain or sticky residue. Warning: do not try this on granite, as acid will eat away at the surface.
Spoiled white wine is on its way to become vinegar, so naturally it works like a charm on dirty glass. Add a few tbsp to a spray bottle of water apply to mirrors and windows and wipe with a newspaper.
Use wine to clean wine
You are at a dinner party, and a sudden hand gesture knocks the glass of red wine over right onto the host’s new white carpet. What you will do? Take the nearest glass of white win, not to help you forget this incident, but to pour onto the red wined carpet. Flood the carpet and then blot it up quickly with a towel.
Turn it into vinegar
Just leave an opened, half full bottle of wine out for a few weeks and it will modify on its own. Also, you can make vinegar from wine in larger quantities by pouring a quart of wine and one cup of vinegar into a sterilized wide glass jug, capping it off but opening it for half an hour per day. It is ready when the thick, jelly like mass sinks to the bottom. Do not forget to add more wine as you use it.