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Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

What to do With Leftover Wine

I’ll admit, the question, what to do with leftover wine, doesn’t really pass my lips very often. However, I have found myself asking that question with greater frequency this year, as gatherings with friends and family have been curtailed.

As the only one in my household who likes wine, a whole bottle of red wine is not something I can drink by myself in one sitting. In younger years, oh yes, with abandon! But now, my head aches in advance at the mere thought of drinking a whole bottle. I try so very hard (so hard!) not to waste wine, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

Is Wine Waste A Problem?

The thing is wine waste is a surprisingly large problem. According to research by UK wine merchant Laithwaites, the average British household throws away around two glasses of wine a week on average. This is the equivalent of 624m bottles nationally, which is enough to fill 333 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Whilst the carbon footprint of producing and transport wine is hard to calculate, it undoubtedly does have a footprint, and it’s important to minimise food waste where we can.

How long does wine last for once opened?

First off, it’s important to know how long opened wine can be stored for before going bad. As a student I used in bars and so the following guide is imprinted in my brain:

  • Opened white wine lasts for up to three days in a refrigerator.
  • Opened Prosecco or Cava again stores for up to three days in the fridge.
  • Champagne can store for up to five days in the fridge.
  • Rose wine can store for up to five days in the fridge
  • Open red wine lasts for up to five days stored in a cool dark place, such as a cupboard.
  • Fortified wines, such as sherry and port, are best if drank within 28 days of opening, and stored in a cool dark place.

In all cases, make sure you replace the cork, lid if it’s a screw top, or use a bottle stop.

tips on using up leftover wine

What to do with leftover wine?

If you can’t drink your wine before it goes off – which you’ll know by that classic vinegar smell and taste – then here are some ideas with what to do with leftover wine.

Freeze It

One of the best ways to use leftover wine is to pour it into ice cube trays or muffin trays and freeze it to use in future recipes, such as stews, sauces, or bolognese.

Once frozen, you can pop them out into a container for storage, and then use them in recipes that call for a small quantity of wine. Bear in the mind that because of the alcohol content of the wine, the frozen cubes of wine won’t be as hard as standard ice-cubes made of water, but they will be solid enough to transfer into a tub or bag.

Cook With It

If you’re planning on cooking with wine straight away then skip the freezing, and proceed straight to cooking. Leftover wine is great way to add flavour to your cooking. Here are five vegan recipes that call for wine:

Mushroom Bourginon

cooking with leftover wine

The Simple Veganista’s comforting autumnal recipe for Mushroom Bourginon calls for red wine to add flavour and depth.

Garlic and White Wine Pasta

vegan recipe for using up leftover wine

The Minimalist’s Baker’s recipe for garlic and white wine pasta with brussels sprouts is high up on my list of recipes to try this winter. I love brussels sprouts.

Red Wine Braised Lentils

leftover wine vegan recipe

This recipe for red wine braised lentils from Give It Some Thyme is another great autumnal dish.

Red Wine Brownies

vegan brownie recipe
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Finally, hankering after something sweet? These vegan brownies, are made with red wine for added flavour.

Any other tips or recipes for using up leftover wine? Do share with Moral Fibres readers in the comments below. And find more food waste tips this way.

Food & Drink, Summer

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Looking for a vegan Quorn recipe idea? Well, I’ve got you covered! Let me show you how to make this vegan creamy Mediterranean dish, made with Quorn Vegan Pieces and flavourful vegetables.

vegan Quorn recipe idea

What if I also tell you that once you’ve prepped your vegetables, that this recipe comes together in one pot in about 15 minutes? Oh yes! I am well and truly all about no-fuss cooking.

For this particular recipe, Quorn challenged me to use up what I had in the fridge. I had some vegetables needing using up – some halved peppers, half an onion, and half a courgette, as well as a few tomatoes. Pasta and pesto is my go-to comfort food, so there is always a jar of opened pesto in there, and I had some vegan cream leftover from the previous evening’s pudding (strawberries and cream!).

To make this a practical zero-waste recipe,  I’ve suggested a few variations depending on what’s in your cupboards, which all work just as well below.

Quorn Vegan Pieces in a Creamy Mediterranean Pesto Sauce

Enjoy this delicious vegan Quorn recipe, that cooks in one pot in just 15 minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 250 grams Quorn Vegan Pieces (frozen)
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped into small strips
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped into small strips
  • 1/2 courgette chopped into small strips
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 clove of garlic mashed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 125 ml vegan single cream
  • 125 ml vegan vegetable stock
  • 6 tbsp vegan green pesto
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful fresh basil to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a pot and gently heat.

  2. Once heated, add the onions, crushed garlic, chilli flakes, and Italian seasoning, and cook until the onions are translucent.

  3. Next, add the frozen Quorn Vegan Pieces and the red and green pepper strips and cook for around 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Now add the courgette strips and quartered cherry tomatoes, and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the vegetable stock, pesto and cream to the pot and stir well. Allow to cook on a medium heat for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

This dish is delicious served with pasta or rice, and salad, and has a lovely summery flavour.

Zero-waste recipe swap ideas

To make this recipe zero-waste then simply adapt this recipe depending on what you have in your fridge. Have red pesto? Use that instead. Don’t have any peppers or courgettes? Other vegetables that lend themselves well to this dish include:

  • mushrooms
  • baby / salad potatoes
  • aubergines
  • asparagus
  • artichoke
  • summer squash
  • carrots
  • olives
  • opened jars of sundried tomatoes

Want to make it vegetarian rather than vegan? Simply swap the vegan cream and pesto to vegetarian varieties.

The Zero-Waste Chef also has a great recipe for zero-waste vegetable stock, that is well worth checking out.

If you are looking for more one-pot vegan Quorn dishes then do check out my Quorn lime and coconut vegan curry recipe. It’s another great midweek staple, that comes together really quickly!

Quorn also have a great vegan recipe section on their website that is well worth a peruse for vegan Quorn recipe ideas.