Open Your Wine Without a Corkscrew
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It's inevitable that the corkscrew will vanish just when you need it to most. You might also be camping, in a hotel, or on a picnic only to discover you forgot the wine opener.
Luckily, you are not alone. Many crafty people have already figured out a variety of ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.
Heres a nice little video from FOODBEAST on Youtube to show you a few ways to do so:
Get a Cork Out of the Bottle
Even when you do have a corkscrew, chances are that at some point the cork will drop inside the bottle. This is another common problem with a simple solution.
To remove the cork—whether whole or in chunks—from your wine, you'll need to filter it. Use a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer and hold it over a container that will hold the wine without spilling. The cork will end up in the filter and the wine will be as good as new.
Quickly Chill Your Wine
The advice about serving certain wines at a particular temperature really does make a difference. White wines are supposed to be chilled and even reds should be at a cool room temp. What happens when you forget to toss the bottle in the fridge?
First of all, don't panic that dinner will be ready in an hour. If you have 15 to 20 minutes to spare, you're good to go and you have two options for a quick chill.
The easiest way is to wrap a wet paper towel or wet linen towel around the wine bottle and toss it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Store Opened Wine Bottles
There are times when you don't finish an entire bottle of wine. While rare, it does happen and when it does you'll want to keep the corked wine as fresh as possible.
The best way to do that is to secure the cork inside the bottle, then lay it down flat. This helps prevent oxidation and your wine will taste much better than if you left it standing upright. Just be sure to drink it within three to five days.
Know When the Wine's Gone Bad
Did you leave a bottle on the counter for longer than you should have? If you're concerned about whether it's still drinkable, there are a few ways you can tell.
First of all, smell the wine. Wine that has gone bad tends to have a few distinct aromas. If your wine smells like vinegar, sauerkraut, burnt rubber, or garlic, it's beyond hope. Oxidation is, essentially, when wine goes stale and that can bring on the aroma of applesauce or burnt marshmallows.
Disguise Cheap Wine
Do you have a favorite wine that isn't worthy of the dinner table? Whether it's because of the bottle or you don't want guests to judge you based on your wine selection, there's a simple solution.
All you need is a simple glass decanter. Pour the wine in, set it on the table, and no one will ever see the bottle.
Decanters are available in a range of styles and you can spend as little or as much as you like on one. If you're on a budget, check out your nearest thrift store!
Aerate Without the Fancy Gadget
Some wine drinkers will use a wine aerator on almost every bottle of red wine they buy. It's rather useful, especially with high tannin wines that will take a long time to breathe.
If you're the thrifty wine drinking type of person, you may be saving money by buying these wines. This may also mean that you don't want to buy a wine aerator. After all, it is just another gadget around the house that you may or may not use.
The solution lies in your standard kitchen blender. Pouring your bottle of wine into a blender does everything an aerator does. Give it 30 seconds on high speed and you'll see a significant improvement.
Fix a Not-So-Great Wine
Did you open a new bottle of wine that wasn't quite what you were hoping for? If that first glass left you a little disappointed, there's no need to dump it down the drain or suffer through the entire bottle. Instead, dress it up with a simple cocktail recipe.
Make Use of Leftover Wine
If you just can't bring yourself to drink the last bit of wine, you can still make good use of it.
Wine is great for cooking and you'll find that it adds a nice flavor to a variety of dishes. It's a popular ingredient for many sauces and you can preserve it for future use.
To do this, simply fill ice cube trays with leftover wine. Once frozen, the wine cubes can be stored in a plastic freezer bag and taken out when your recipe calls for it.
Remove Wine Stains
Just as you are guaranteed to be without a corkscrew at some point in life, you will also find yourself dealing with spilled wine. While red wine is the most notorious for staining any fabric it touches, even white wine and Champagne can leave stains.
The key to any wine stain is to treat it as soon as possible. Salt helps with red wine in clothes and linens while baking soda can do wonders on the carpet. Be diligent and patient and the chances of removing the stain completely are pretty good. Want more details on dealing with these stains? Check it out!