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8 Clever Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Wine

Don’t let that unfinished bottle go to waste! Read on for eight ingenious uses for leftover wine.

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Make artisanal vinegar

Pour a red variety into a jar of non-pasteurized vinegar and leave it alone, stirring weekly. Within a couple of weeks, you’ll have artisanal vinegar.

Here are 9 Myths About Apple Cider Vinegar You Should Stop Believing Right Now.

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Flavour-boost soups and stews

White and sparkling work best in creamy or clear and brothy soups (think chowder and simple vegetable), while red wine goes well with tomato or beef-based varieties (think chili). Add a few generous splashes per portion.

Get the recipe for Chestnut Soup with Porcini Mushrooms.

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Poach fruit

Poach pears, apples, peaches, or plums in red wine and sugar. Let simmer in the liquid for ten minutes.

Plus: 4 Creative Ways to Keep Your Wine Cool This Summer

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Use it as a fly trap

Fruit flies? An open bottle with even the smallest bit of wine left can serve as a flytrap. Flies will gravitate toward the bottle instead of your fruit bowl and will be unable to escape.

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Whip up fluffy eggs

Add any sparkling white wine like champagne, prosecco, or cava to omelets for an amazingly fluffy dish. While you’re beating the eggs, pour in approximately one tablespoon of bubbly for every two eggs.

You’ll be making scrambled eggs like a pro with these expert tips.

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Freeze it

Freeze in ice cube trays (eight cubes = one cup) to add flavour to sauces and stews.

Here are five brilliant new ways to put ice cubes to work all around the house.

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Make a delicious sauce

To make classic steamed mussels, combine leftover white wine (a little less than half a cup per pound of mussels) with butter and garlic.

Get the recipe for Brown Rice Paella with Mussels and Bell Peppers.

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Beautify your home

If your only leftover is, ahem, the bottle: Use the empty vessel as a fuss-free and beautiful flower vase.

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