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).