Creative ways to use your leftover wine

By MiNDFOOD

Creative ways to use your leftover wine

Ever had a party and ended up with half a bottle of wine left over? It would be a waste of a good drop to just pour it down the drain or let it sit in the kitchen, getting more vinegary by the day. Here are some top ideas for how to put that leftover wine to good use.

Cleaning

Leftover white wine can make an excellent cleaning product. Use it to wipe down your kitchen benchtops – the alcohol content can both kill germs and remove stubborn stains – and if you’ve got a build-up of grease, simply scrub it off using a mix of white wine and bicarb soda.

In fact, you can even use it to clean up one of the great party faux pas – a red wine spill. Next time someone loses their red wine all over your cream carpet, just pour a glass of white wine over the stain. Let it soak for a minute, then blot it up with a clean towel.

Gardening

You can pour your leftover red wine into the compost bin to help activate the bacteria that turn the compost into fertiliser for your garden. A little red wine directly on the garden can also work as a liquid fertiliser on its own – just don’t overdo it, and make sure to water the plants regularly.

Beauty

It’s believed that the antioxidants in fermented grapes may firm and increase your skin’s elasticity – so skip the expensive spa day and take care of your complexion with a little leftover wine. Next time you take a bath, simply pour a cup or two of red into the water. Then let yourself relax and soak for about half an hour to reap the skin-softening benefits.

Save for later

If all else fails, you can simply keep the wine for a later day. Pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze, then store the cubes in zip-lock bags in the freezer. These cubes will help to boost the flavour of your sauces and stews, and are perfect when a recipe only calls for a tablespoon or two of wine. They can also be used in sangria. For a selection of delicious recipes using wine, click here.

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