We’ve had some leftover wine from the holidays, plus a lot of people have given us wine as gifts. I would like to use them for some of my recipes, and some for drinking. I’m pretty sure that unopened wine has a long shelf-life and that storing it would not really be a problem, but can I freeze leftover wine for safekeeping?
Wine is a good addition to a lot of recipes, and storing it isn’t really a problem if it is unopened.
Freezing wine is okay but this process is usually recommended if you intend to use the wine for cooking. Frozen wine won’t really be as good for drinking as counter-kept ones. It would turn into something like a slushie (unless you like it that way). Frozen or not, wine can go bad if you do not seal it well. Freezing wine for your recipes is fine. Just make sure not to freeze it in the bottle.
Can You Freeze Wine?
Freezing wine for cooking is a good way to keep it fresh. Freezing it can slightly change its flavor but it is usually undetectable and is perfectly fine.
Take note that you must not freeze wine in a bottle. Just like all other liquids, freezing wine can cause it to expand, and keeping it in the bottle can lead to it breaking.
You do not need to worry about thawing frozen wine for cooking. All you have to do is add it to the dish and it will melt naturally.
Unopened wine can last for years in the pantry while opened ones can be stored for months. Keeping it for long when it has already been opened might cause the wine to taste “vinegary.”
You can tell when the wine has gone bad even before it is opened. If it has a leaky cork or if it changes color, it is best not to use it.
It is ideal to store wine in a wine cellar but since most of us do not have this, it is recommended to keep it in a cool, dark, and humid environment.
How to Freeze Wine
Freezing wine is as easy as making ice cubes with a few additional steps. However, wine takes quite a longer time to freeze than water because of its alcohol content. It is best to leave it in the freezer for 24 hours or more to ensure it has completely frozen.
- Spill your wine in an ice cube tray. It is highly recommended to know the volume of the cubes first so that you can estimate the amount you need to spill on each compartment that will be enough for your recipes.
- If you want to freeze larger servings, you can use muffin tins instead. Make sure they are freezable.
- Once the tray is filled, gently wrap it with some plastic wrap. Lightly press down on the compartments to seal each of them well.
- Put the tray in the freezer. Again, take note that wine does not freeze as quickly as ice cubes.
- When you are ready to use the wine cubes, toss them directly into the pan while cooking. No other thawing method is needed.
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