The Greatest Ways to Use Leftover Wine
However shocking it may be that a bottle of wine has managed to survive the night at your house unfinished, it does happen on occasion. A few days may even pass, and while you won't be eager to sip on days-old wine, you may feel guilty tossing it. If and when the time comes, there a few great ways to reuse your leftover wine. Read on below.
Making a vinaigrette is one of the best ways to use leftover wine, be it bubbly, rosé, white, or red. This shallot vinaigrette is made with just a few ingredients: shallots; sea salt; rosé wine (white would also work); sugar or honey; olive oil; and cream or crème fraîche. You can also add lemon or vinegar if you want to give it a little bit more edge.
We would never think to use wine for a dipping sauce, but boy is it delicious! Here, a wine dipping sauce is paired with salt-and-pepper quail and bacon–wrapped plums—yum. The dipping sauce is made with just a few simple ingredients: red wine, brown sugar, butter, salt, and pepper.
Wine adds a hint of flavor to basically any stew or soup. Just add it during the cooking process and let it reduce. As a rule of thumb, red wines go well with beef- or tomato-based stews, and white wines go well in brothy or creamy soups and stews. This beautiful beef stew is made with red wine.
Mussels in white wine sauce is one of the most classic French recipes. It may be intimidating if you're unfamiliar with cooking mollusks, but it's so easy to make! All you need are mussels, onions, garlic, dry white wine, and cream. A squeeze of lemon and some freshly baked bread is always good, too. If you have a open bottle of sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio laying around, give it a try.
If your Champagne has gone flat or your wine is a few days old, one of the best ways to use it is to make champagne or wine vinegar, which can be used to dress salads. It couldn't be easier: Just put it in a Mason jar covered with a cheesecloth and let it sit for a few weeks. After a month, your bubbly will turn into vinegar.
Unlike spirits, wine is quite water-based, so it will freeze well. Frozen wine cubes are a great thing to have around to add to wine- or aperitivo-based cocktails (sangria, Campari soda, etc.). You can also make wine cubes and store them to use in stews or soups later, if you don't plan on making a stew soon.
Infused salts are a lovely ingredient to have around to add more complexity and depth to whatever you're cooking. They also make a beautiful hostess gift! To make wine-infused salt, simply mix flaky sea salt and wine together and bake them until the salt is dry. This beautiful salt is made with pinot noir, but you can use whatever you have lying around.
Wine jelly is a great way to reuse your leftover preserves. You can use any type of wine to make wine jelly with just lemon juice, dry pectin, and sugar. Or you can mix the wine with fruit for a bit more flavor. This jar of preserves, for instance, is made with a peach-flavored wine and peaches, as well as rosemary.
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