Leftover wine that is improperly stored will go bad very quickly, but it does not have to be poured down the drain. I have used it in a number of tasty ways. Even the cheapest varieties are far too expensive to waste. I never get rid of leftover wine, even if it no longer tastes great from a glass.
I recently found a bottle of red wine in the back of my refrigerator. It was behind a big jar of banana peppers, and it went unnoticed for weeks. I knew that I could use it that evening when preparing dinner, but I had a few more ideas. Although I did not drink the wine, nothing went to waste.
Prepare Red Wine Vinegar for Tossed Salads and More
Why buy red wine vinegar when you can save money by preparing it at home? It is not a fast process when prepared correctly, but it is well worth the effort. It can be used on tossed salads, raw veggies, in meat dishes and more.
You will need four ounces of vinegar starter. Mother of vinegar can be purchased in health food stores. You will also need one cup of red wine, one half cup of distilled water, a one-gallon crock with a spout, and a piece of cheesecloth to cover the top. The instructions at Mark’s Daily Apple explains how to prepare the mixture and tend it for approximately two months. The results are worth the wait.
Pour it Into the Compost Pile
A compost pile requires bacteria, and leftover wine can help provide what it needs to break down food and other matter. Add leftover wine to the mix. It will give it a major boost. In any case it is better to use the leftover beverage than to pour it down the drain.
Check for Leaky Toilets
Are you hesitant to add dye to your toilet tanks when checking for leaks? Leftover wine is more environmentally friendly than dye. It can be cheaper too. Pour enough leftover red wine into the household toilet tanks. Do not flush the toilets. Check the bowls after several hours. If the bowls contain colored water, the seal in the tanks are leaking. You can save a lot of money and hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water by testing and repairing the inner workings of the tanks.
Enjoy a Luxurious Bath
Wine can become part of a natural beauty regimen. It is great for the skin. Simply pour one cup of leftover wine in the bath water, and soak for twenty to thirty minutes. It contains a natural antioxidant, and it will help restore and maintain elasticity and softness.
Add Flavor and Tenderize a Tough Cut of Beef
Marinated meat can be delicious, but store bought marinades are never necessary. You can use leftover wine to make a flavorful and incredibly simple marinade. Pour one cup of leftover wine in a bowl and add one-half teaspoon of minced garlic, one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, one teaspoon of liquid smoke and salt and pepper to taste. Soak the meat in the leftover wine mixture for at least thirty minutes. Soak it longer for deeper flavor, and turn it over halfway through the process. Prepare the meat as desired. It will be far more tender and very tasty.
Source: Green Living and Food Preparation Experience