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How To Use Leftover Wine

By mahir | June 14, 2011

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Leftover Wine

We’ve all been there. You’ve enjoyed a few nice glasses of wine, but have a good portion of the bottle leftover. There’s enough that you don’t want to throw it out, so you cork it and put it in your fridge. But if you don’t drink it soon enough, the wine could change flavor and you might not want to drink it. So what do you do?

There are a few things you can do with leftover wine, whether red or white. The most obvious solution is to simply cook with it. Some people put so much emphasis on pairing the right glass of wine with the right dish, but you can also just try to put the wine in the dish.

There are a number of different ways to use wine in cooking. Some great cooks, including Julia Child, have said that you shouldn’t cook with wine that you wouldn’t love to drink as it may spoil your dish. But according to a New York Times article taste-tests have shown that you can cook with slightly old wine and the results are usually fine.

Tomato sauces can benefit from a little booze. It’s an easy way to change up the flavors of your sauce. Trying adding a tablespoon or two of wine while the tomato sauce is simmering. If you feel you’ve over done it with the wine and the taste is too bitter, you can counter-act that with a dash of sugar to brighten up the sauce again.

For intense flavor, use red or white wine to deglaze a pan after you sear meat. Then reduce the sauce until it coats the back of a spoon. Your dinner companions will be begging for the recipe.

Adding wine to recipes works wonders with a meat-based sauce, but it brightens up vegetarian dishes, too. Add a few splashes of white wine to a pan ful of sauteed mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms have absorbed most of the liquid.

How do you make use of leftover wine?

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