Did you ever have a wine bash and before the night was over you realized you had way too many open bottles of wine not nearly empty? Well, if you’re like me you probably attempt to drink as much of it as you can rather than even considering throwing it away. That would be a akin to sacrilege, haha!
That scenario has happened to me far more than I care to afford. So, it got me to searching around for alternative uses for “old” wine. Here’s what I’ve come up with today––now mind you, I still attempt to drink as much as I can before resulting to any of these suggestions. 🙂
First, you could make WINE JELLY. Yes you heard me correctly. Just think about it––spreading your favorite wine on a piece of bread or on some fruit. Yummy! It’s not so difficult to make. Essentially, you will need sugar and some pectin. Pectin is a soluble gelatinous polysaccharide that is present in ripe fruits and is extracted for use as the setting agent in your jelly. Check out these links and learn how to make wine jelly;
Now the next two alternative uses for wine I find effective due to the biological nature of wine it’s self. Let’s take Red wine for example. Wine contains large amounts of antioxidants, which can be defined as follows; a substance that inhibits oxidation, one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products. And also a substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.
So logically you could use your old wine as a VEGETABLE CLEANER. Talk about all natural! Just put some water in a large bowl and pour some wine in it. You don’t need to much, just enough to turn the color. Besides that, You’ll want to have something to drink with those vegetable. 🙂 Then, put your veggies in the water and let them soak a while. After that, eat them. Simple pimple.
And for my third alternative use for old wine, it sort of goes without saying that since we know that antioxidants are substances such as vitamin C or E that remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism, logically we could use our old wine as a SKIN SOFTENER! Yes, it’s true! When applied to the skin, left over wine acts similar to vinegar which helps in smoothing as well as giving your skin a lovely luster.
I’m sure there are many other great uses for old wine besides pouring them down the drain or drinking yourself into a stupor (my personal fave), however you’ll have to discover those on your own. I wish you the best of luck and wine on!