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Subject: Question about wine for cooking
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 7:47 PM ET
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I use wine for cooking only, we don't drink it at all.   I probably cook with it about once a week.  Most recipes will call for 1 cup of whatever wine. 

Question-- can the left over wine be frozen?  Then I can thaw it and use it for the next recipe.  If not, how long will an opened bottle of wine be good? 

Last Edited on: 4/5/08 7:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/6/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Good question- I don't know the answer about whether you can freeze it, but I do know it will keep in the fridge for quite awhile.  I would experiment with the freezing, and just see what happens- try freezing in an ice cube tray, then when frozen, just pop out the cubes and store in a freezer bag.  Each cube is 1 ounce, so you will be able to measure easily for recipes.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:01 AM ET
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I don't think wine freezes well. I'm not sure if it would effect the cooking qualities, but they say you should always cook with wine that tastes good.  I think that would leave frozen/thawed wine out of the equation. :-)

Wine does keep quite well for a pretty long time in the fridge, though, depending on the type of wine. If you keep several open bottles at one time, I'd invest in some vacuum sealing corks.  If you use a cup a week, and only have one open bottle at a time, I think it would be fine to leave it in the fridge until it's all used up.

Depending on what kind of wine you use, maybe you could look into buying those "single serving" bottles. I have bought these and the quality isn't bad. The quantity is just right if you don't want to open a big bottle.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 11:57 AM ET
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Correction -- I just read a Martha Stewart tip that recommends freezing left over wine in ice cube trays for use in cooking!  Lesley was right.

Martha Knows All.


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 9:56 PM ET
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If you aren't drinking the wine, simply use a decent vermouth or sherry.  It'll keep much better on the shelf or in the fridge than other wine.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 12:09 PM ET
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 I would have said frozen wine is ruined wine, throw it out---but if Martha says it's OK for cooking, then it must be OK. I know for sure you do NOT want to drink it by itself!

  And whatever you do, do not use that stuff on the grocery shelf called "cooking wine". It is truly foul, and will mess up the whole dish. Far better to buy the least expensive bottle of real wine you can find, than to use that.

  But the flavor of the wine will often have a huge impact on the outcome of the dish, which is why people say to use whatever wine you are drinking in your recipe....

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 4:25 AM ET
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Rule of thumb: Don't ever use a wine to cook with that you wouldn't drink.