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sliceswiththings's avatar

Is there any use for old wine?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11651 points ) November 23rd, 2009

I can never finish a bottle quickly enough, so I have all these half-finished bottles of red wine that have gone bad. Is there anything I can do with it? I’m assuming I can’t put it through the Brita like cheap vodka and make good wine once again.

Hair dye? Red wine vinegar? Fake blood?

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avvooooooo's avatar

What kind? Many are good in cooking… ;D

sliceswiththings's avatar

@avvooooooo Hm does age matter? I’m still a beginning cook.
It seems that the only ones my housemates haven’t already gotten rid of are a Tempranillo and a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon.

PapaLeo's avatar

If a wine has already turned, don’t use it to cook with. The rule of thumb with cooking with wine is don’t use a wine you wouldn’t drink.

But to answer your question? I have no idea. When I sip a wine that’s turned I can’t pour it down the drain fast enough. It makes me want to puke.

Maybe a solution is to buy half-bottles?

sliceswiththings's avatar

I’ve been meaning to buy one of those suction wine saver cork things….or make more friends:)

BraveWarrior's avatar

If you have brunette hair, (or want reddish highlights) you can use red or burgundy wine in your hair. Supposed to add shine. Here is one website for info: Kitchen products for your hair

poofandmook's avatar

@sliceswiththings: For newly opened bottles, “rescue chef” Danny Boome suggests mulled wine. Otherwise, save it for a day or two, and make Coq au vin!

Les's avatar

My friend says you can make a fruit fly trap.

Dog's avatar

@Les I think I will do that with the bottle of port a friend bought me. I could not drink it as it was too heavy and sweet. Bet the fruit flies or even wasps would love it!

CMaz's avatar

Take your old wine. Pour in a pan. Add cinnamon, a table spoon of cloves and a tea bag.
Lay in two to 4 slices of bread. Let bake in the oven a 350 degrees for 45 to 60 min.
Take out let cool. Then throw in trash.

flameboi's avatar

pour that wine in your recipies, that’s the best use possible…

jamzzy's avatar

im pretty young and do not enjoy wine like some of you guys might, so please explain this to me. Doesn’t wine get better the older it gets, or something like that?

sliceswiththings's avatar

I am also recently of age and am just starting to learn the technicalities of wine. It’s good if it’s aged, but before they bottle it or something. Once you open it oxidizes and goes bad.

faye's avatar

I have wine cork things for after wine is opened. I think they work okay but we’re talking short times in my house!

poofandmook's avatar

@jamzzy: Once wine is opened it spoils like any other food product.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Bad wine in cooking makes food taste like bad wine.
Honestly, you’re probably best off tossing it.

Something like this is a good investment in keeping wine longer.

PapaLeo's avatar

GA, @The_Compassionate_Heretic, but the link is broke.

poofandmook's avatar

you could dye a t-shirt with it. Could be interesting tie-dye!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Well that’s embarrassing.
It is a wine pump that sucks all the air out of the bottle. It costs about $16 US.

ccrow's avatar

If it’s already bad, dump it; if not, you can actually freeze it to use for cooking. It doesn’t freeze real hard though, not like ice cubes. I’m not sure if it would go bad frozen, but probably it should be used within a few months.

laureth's avatar

When wine goes bad, generally it’s because it’s turned to vinegar. If yours doesn’t taste like vinegar yet, just wait – it will.

Once you’re vinegarred, use it for things like viniagrette. Or put fancy herbs in it, call it designer vinegar, and give it to your relatives for $winterholiday. You can impress them by telling them it came from really good wine, or that you made it yourself.

poofandmook's avatar

@laureth: you know if I ever get vinegar from anybody for Christmas, I am a) going to know they Fluther, and b) throw it out. LOL

laureth's avatar

Hey, that’s what folks told me to do with my vat of vinegar.

Buttonstc's avatar

I’ll second freezing and using for cooking. It’s easiest if you use an ice cube tray and then storing the cubes in a ziploc freezer bag.

If it’s already started to turn then your only option is vinegar

sliceswiththings's avatar

Can I mix all the leftovers together?

Buttonstc's avatar

I think it would most likely be ok with whites. Reds have more pronounced individual flavors, so that would be a bit tricky.

To be certain any two wines would be ok to mix together, I guess you could mix a little bit of each together in a glass and see if it’s ok.

How many bottles of wine do you typically open in one night anyhow.

:)

avvooooooo's avatar

Well, ya know… * hic* I think we can find something to do with some wine!

Buttonstc's avatar

Sounds as if you mixed ALL of them and drank them.

:D

Velvetinenut's avatar

I recently added ¼ cup sherry, 3/5 cup white zinfadel and the rest with red wine (mixed – merlot/cab sav) to make up 2 cups that went into my beef stew. It was one of the best ever. All the wine/sherry I used were opened at least 6 months ago and stored in my fridge.

ItsAHabit's avatar

If you can’t consume the contents of the wine bottle quickly enough, you can purchase a set of rubber corks and a hand pump to draw air out of the bottle, which should then be kept in the refrigerator. Another option is to buy wine-in-a-box or splits instead of full bottles.

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