I love today’s Kitchen Tip. This one is thanks to my friend Nikki, who shared the Pasta Primarvera with us.
Nate and I don’t drink, but I do cook with wine when a recipe calls for it. There’s a problem with this combination – whenever I use wine for a recipe, I have tons leftover that invariably goes to waste. Even if you do drink wine, I’m sure there are times leftover wine goes bad sitting in your fridge.
Guess what? You can freeze wine and cook with it later! How great is that? My technique is to measure 1 cup of wine into small ziploc bags and then lay them flat in the freezer. Ice cube trays can work, too. If using plastic bags, be sure to double up on the bags as the wine never freezes completely solid and can leak. As long as there are 2 bags, you won’t have any wine in the bottom of your freezer. Also, I find it’s more helpful to measure out the wine into 1/4 and 1/2 cup measurements as that is what most recipes call for.
And because I’m proving to be a real Mark Bittman groupie, check out this great article about freezing foods. This is where Nikki found the wine tip. I actually had read the article but totally missed the wine. Thanks once again, Nikki!