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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kitchen Tip: Freezing Wine

I love today’s Kitchen Tip. This one is thanks to my friend Nikki, who shared the Pasta Primarvera with us.

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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!


  1. Great tip! I tend to avoid recipes that call for wine because I hate letting all that wine go to waste. No more!

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    We just had a bottle of white wine go bitter and had to toss it. This is such a great tip!!! Thanks!

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    What a great wine tip…thank you!

  4. That’s awesome Jane. Love that tip.

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    andrea p

    I’ll have to try freezing because I now have a few big bottles. I usually by my wine in a 4-pack of 8 oz. bottles, so if a recipe only calls for a small amount I just have a little bottle tucked in my fridge door. I’ve never had the wine go bad.

    I have discovered that many sauces taste better with even a a few tablespoons of wine, so I just toss it in even when it’s not part of the recipe.

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    Erika B.

    Thanks! We also don’t drink, so I don’t usually cook with wine because it’s wasteful. I am excited to use your trick!

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    You can freeze it OR ship it to your lush of a friend in Dallas. So practical!?

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    I just buy those little bottles of wine that come in a 4 pack. I have both white and red on hand at all times, and generally use 1/2 a bottle with a recipe that calls for wine. If I have leftovers I try to cook another recipe with wine in the next week or so. No waste!

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    Amy W.

    This has nothing to do with freezing wine, but it does have to do with freezing… I just read an article about cake balls! They seem intriguing and yummy. Check out this link:

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    Hmmm…ice cube trays, Jane? Very interesting….genius really. I wonder what other kinds of things we could freeze in those…

  11. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for the great tip! To Liz: Leftover tomato sauce is great in the cube trays, and pesto, and chicken broth and all kinds of herbs (chopped and mixed with broth or water). Never thought of the wine, though. Terrific!

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    this never crossed my mind. brilliant.

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    Perfect! I always forget to do this and I just made a big note to do this to a bottle at home! We used to drink, and have pretty much stopped (except for special occasions) and always have leftover wine!

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