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saving wine... 
Jul. 28, 2011 4:35 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2011 6:55 am
Have you ever had a party, served good beer and wine and when cleaning up after the party, found multiple glasses of wine left about? If you want to be REALLY cheap, you can take these glasses of wine, pour the undrunk wine into ice cube trays and freeze the wine. After it has frozen, remove from the trays and put into a Large Ziploc bag in the freezer. This will save some space in the freezer. Whenever you are cooking and need some wine for a recipe, pull out a couple cubes, allow to melt so you can measure if needed and add to the recipe. There is no reason to waste good wine!! The same can be done with leftover unpoured wine. I know some of you may be scrunching your nose right now and saying “EEEEWWWWW” . Remember wine is 10%- 15% alcohol. Any germs will be killed by the alcohol or the heating so the “eewww” factor is all in your head, but do what feels comfortable for you…
Trying to help people make better food, a little cheaper….
Jul. 28, 2011 4:48 pm
Sorry, this is one I just couldn't make myself do...
Jul. 28, 2011 5:37 pm
LOL, sorry. Just a wickedly strange sense of humor...
Jul. 29, 2011 9:18 am
I love wine, and I hate any to go to waste...but I think it would depend on WHO had been drinking the glass in the first place! lol
Jul. 29, 2011 12:39 pm
I lived in a frat house in college - no way am I keeping anyone's undrunk glasses of wine anywhere but down the drain
Jul. 30, 2011 9:16 am
Chef Cheapo - that is the truly one of the cheapest things I have ever heard. I am with Doug - down the drain or into the compost pile.
Jul. 30, 2011 12:02 pm
OMG Cheapo - last night I had a party where two people had head colds, one is recovering from mono, and one had a cold sore the size of a quarter - no way am I saving ANYTHING from this group, alcohol content or not! LOL!
Aug. 5, 2011 7:31 am
lol! most of my guests finish whats in their glasses. :) I like the idea about the left over in the bottle though, I have had that happen and hate to waste it. This part is a great tip.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:55 am
Do you scrape the uneaten food off the plates of dinner guests and recycle too?
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I am a classically trained chef (Culinary Institute of America 1991), but I am not in the business anymore. My big family gets to enjoy the fruits of my knowledge. We have raised our own pigs and chickens and have planted a garden for our own veggies. As the father of 7 living children, we stay busy all the time and I am proud to say that there is not a fussy eater amongst us. I stay away from processed foods and have been cooking more and more according to the Nourishing Traditions cookbook and the Weston A. Price Foundation principles- more "live" foods. I am the "go to" guy for food questions among my friends. Read my blog at
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