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Published April 3rd 2013
Wine has more uses than you think
Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, perhaps one that you have been keeping for that special occasion, only to find out that it tastes like vinegar? Well if you have - don't throw it out, because old or unused wine has many unusual uses.
1. Frozen Cubes of Wine. Pour leftover wine into an ice-cube tray and freeze it. Now you have handy, single use cubes that you can add your cooking, such as sauces, soups and stews.
2. Grease Stains. Pour white wine over grease and oil stains on the driveway, garage or car port floor. The alcohol and acidity will help to dissolve them.
3. Bruises. An old folk remedy is to soak bread in wine and place it over bruises to help them heal. Wine is rich in flavonoids, or antioxidants which can have beneficial effects on your body.
4. Heart Help. The antioxidants and reservatrol found in red wine can have healthy effects on your heart. Studies show that red wine, drunk in moderation, can increase levels of 'good' cholesterol and protect against artery damage.
5. Meat Marinade. Use red wine as a meat marinade to give the meat an extra tasty flavour. An easy marinade to make is to combine red wine with olive oil, onion and garlic. Let the meat sit in the marinade for a couple of hours to really soak up the flavours.
6. Brain Boost. Studies have shown that polyphenols found in wine (and chocolate) increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, boosting cognitive ability.
7. Slow Ageing. Some experts suggest that drinking a glass of red wine each day can actually slow the aging process, and give your skin a healthy glow.
8. Heartburn. Wine can cause heartburn or indigestion in some people but it has been shown to relieve it in others. According to European folk lore, drinking a glass of light white wine with a low alcohol content, with a meal, can actually prevent heartburn. Drinking it after a meal can relieve heartburn.
9. Fabric Dye. You can use red wine to dye fabric and depending on the wine the results can vary from pale pink to deep red. Simmer the red wine in a large pot, put the fabric into the pot and stir, leave simmering for ten minutes then allow to cool. Rinse the fabric well.
10. Glass Cleaner. Spoiled white wine works great on dirty glass windows and panels. Just add a couple of tablespoons of white wine to a spray bottle full of water and use on windows or mirrors for a sparking clean.
These are just some of the unusual uses for wine and there are many more. Why not give some of them a try? It's a good excuse to knock back a glass of wine each day.
Remember, drinking wine can have health benefits, but only if taken in moderation.