saving leftover wine for cooking

Here is yet another way that I reduce/eliminate food waste in my kitchen. I saw an episode of Nigella where she froze her leftover party wine in baggies to use later in soups and sauces. I tried it, but always ended up losing the baggies in the mess of the small freezer. Then, I saw this at The Greening of Westford. I’ve been keeping leftover wine like this ever since. It’s so much handier to scoop some out of a jar than it ever was to get it out of a baggie. Plus, less baggies to wash is always a good thing in my mind. And using glass over plastic is better too, wherever possible.

Not that there is often much in the line of leftover wine around here, but when there is, I do this with it. I’m not a big fan of leftover red wine and unless we have guests, we don’t usually have wine with dinner. So it would just sit there and go to waste otherwise.

The nice part of all of this is that the wine doesn’t freeze solid because of the alcohol content, so it’s easy to scoop out the amount that you want. I emptied the better part of the jar last week when I was making some marinara sauce, then topped it up again with the leftovers from dinner with the city cousins this past weekend. It’s a never ending wine slushy (which might have some possibilities as well).

Linked to Frugally Sustainable, A Pinch of Joy

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25 thoughts on “saving leftover wine for cooking

  1. Wow! What a good idea, never thought of that. Carolyn

  2. I’m kind of wondering what this “leftover” wine thing is….my bottles somehow always become empty too fast for it to change flavor. 😉 A good idea though, and sounds like a wine slushy would actually be refreshing on these blistering hot summer days we’re having!

  3. sani panini says:

    What a great idea!!

  4. I am going to do this – and does a wine slushy not sound good for “those” days?

  5. sj says:

    Wine slushies are AWESOME! I always stick the white merlot in the freezer, anyway (and leave it there while I drink) and the slushies toward the end are my favourite part. 😉

  6. oceannah says:

    Heidi thanks for that really useful tip, I never would have thought to freeze the wine! I love to add some to sauces and such right at the end for terrific flavor boost.
    Simple and frugal yay!

  7. Keeping wine in the freezer is a great idea! I’ve just used some cooking wine to finish off my evening meal but if in future I have an opened bottle, it would be far more economical to freezer the leftovers 🙂

  8. Lauren says:

    Brilliant! Now next time I have leftover wine… Oh never mind. 😉

  9. SarahN says:

    Love this idea (also loathe baggie washing – they take FOREVER to dry and I have no idea why!)

  10. Subtlekate says:

    There’s suppose to be left over wine? Ooops.

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  12. What a smart idea! Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Excellent! Though I’ve never been one to have much left over…if at all. But I love the idea of cooking with it! And red wine slushies with a bit of Ginger Ale sounds pretty appealing….

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