You might be surprised by just how many clever ways you can put the remainder of your bottle of wine to use!
That “little drop” at the end of a bottle of wine. Maybe you drink it just to avoid putting the bottle back in the fridge or “wasting it”. But that little drop can be as much as a whole glass – and often the difference between staying within the UK Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines or exceeding them. The guidelines advise:
- To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
- If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it’s best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days.
- If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risk of death from long-term illness and injuries.
- The risk of developing a range of health problems (including cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
- If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days a week.
Here at NewYou we have come up with some fantastic ideas to replace the last swig of wine and replaced it with some rather savvy alternative ways.
Ready to use up the bottom of that bottle? there are two basic approaches: cooking with it or using it for household tasks. If you’re going the first route, remember the golden rule: If you wouldn’t drink it (eventually), don’t cook with it! And if you’re not going to cook with it, don’t throw it down the drain.
Cork it! Spruce up your bottle with a stylish bottle stop. Look for one that’s as airtight as possible. The less air in the bottle, the slower the wine will oxidise and go bad. Most wines are good for a couple of days.
Leave it standing. Wine bottle stands can make a fun feature of your bottle while you leave it waiting on the side for another night.
Freeze! Grab an empty ice cube tray. Fill it up with your leftover wine and get it straight in the freezer. Now you have an instant ingredient to flavour your cooking for weeks to come.
Add your leftover red wine ice cubes to meat dishes such as stews, as well as marinades and gravy. One or two-day-old wine is perfect for poaching fruit. Fresh pears poached in red wine make a delicious – and very low fat – dessert.
It’s not just for Christmas. If you have some red wine left over, turn it into delicious mulled wine and save it for a party.
Red wine and tomatoes make great companions. Add to Bolognese sauce or soup.
Add some flavour to a creamy or white sauce with a couple of leftover white wine ice cubes. Cooking with wine can enhance a fish dish. Try cod with white wine, garlic and lemon.
Splash some leftover white wine into risotto or paella – the rice will soak up the wine for a rich flavour.
If you’ve left the wine too long, and it’s gone a bit vinegary, that’s great! Make a salad dressing. One part wine, two parts olive oil is the right balance. Then add some salt and pepper for a simple dressing plus some French mustard for a bit of a kick.
House Hold Uses with left over wine
Remove Grease Stains (White)
Is the oil accumulation in your garage or on your outdoor grill driving you insane? Scrub off the grease using white wine mixed with baking soda. Both are effective at absorbing stains and leaving the area looking as good as new. Be sure to let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it off for the best results.
Clean Produce (Red)
If you opened a bottle of red only to discover that it was simply un-quaffable, don’t throw it out—rinsing off fruits and vegetables with a bit of wine along with water can kill unwanted bacteria on their surfaces.
Salvage a Spill (White)
It’s the dreaded dinner-party accident: someone sloshes their glass of red onto your precious cream-colored rug (or couch or pants. But hopefully not pants—cream is tough to pull off.). Before you blacklist them from future gatherings, know that there’s a quick fix. Fight fire with fire! White wine is known to help eliminate red wine stains. Pour some over the tainted area, let it soak for 10 minutes, and rinse with tepid water. Think of this as hair of the dog, but for spilled wine.
Fertilize Plants (Red)
Turn a vice into a virtue by using wine as an earth-friendly recycling tool. Dump the last few drops in your compost bin, where it’ll activate the bacteria inside and eventually boost the growth of your garden. With one simple move, make your thumb greener, your conscious cleaner, and your plants a lot happier.