If you aren't a big wine drinker, you may be wondering what to do with that leftover wine. We'll show you how to freeze wine for cooking, so there's no waste!
Have you ever had a dinner party and wondered what to do with all of that leftover wine? Or purchased a bottle just for a recipe, but you didn't want to drink the rest of the bottle?
Me too. And I hated pouring the wine down the sink when it would turn to vinegar and couldn't be used anymore. What a waste!
Fortunately, there is a very simple solution to wine waste. We'll show you how to freeze wine for cooking. It's really simple and really awesome to always have wine on hand for cooking that won't go bad so quickly.
And all you need is the wine you want to freeze and ice cube trays or other silicone molds – and of course a freezer!
The ice cube trays I used hold about a tablespoon of wine, and the silicone molds hold about 1/3 cup. It's good to know how much your molds hold before you freeze the wine so you can easily grab the frozen wine and toss it into a recipe without melting it so it can be measured.
But you don't need to use the exact molds I did – you can use anything you have on hand. As long as it's easy to get the cubes out when they're frozen, you're all set to freeze wine for cooking.
I hope you'll give this tutorial on how to freeze wine for cooking a try.
- Ice cube trays or silicone molds
- Baking sheet
- Freezer (deep freeze is best)
- Place your ice cube trays or silicone molds onto the baking sheet to give them stability.
- Pour the wine into your ice cube trays or silicone molds.
- Transfer the filled molds on the baking sheet to the freezer. If you have a deep freezer that works best, but this should work in most standard freezers as well.
- Let the wine freeze for 24 hours. Since there is alcohol is wine, it won't freeze as solid as water.
- Once the wine is solidly frozen, remove the trays from the freezer, and transfer your frozen wine cubes or blocks to a freezer-safe glass storage container (I love wide mouth pint size mason jars because they're freezer safe and affordable – plus they stack well).
- To use, just remove the appropriate number of wine cubes from the storage container in the freezer and add to your recipe.
Did you know how to freeze wine for cooking?