I bought a bottle of wine larger than required for my recipe. How and how long can I keep the remainder, so I can use it in cooking again? (In other words, it needn't be drinkable.)

  • Can't you drink what's left ?
    – Max
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 17:21
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    @Max plenty of people cook with wine but don't drink it, don't drink at all, or don't drink alone but live alone,etc.
    – Chris H
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 17:22
  • See also: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/85518/… for another idea that might be of help.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 20:11

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Tightly closed and in the fridge it will keep for a few days, maybe a week if you can tolerate it being a bit rough (which you can for some dishes like my tomato, smoked garlic and red wine sauce with chilli - in fact that doesn't want anything too delicate to start with). If there's less than about 2/3 of the bottle left, transfer to a smaller container.

But that's not what I would do. Instead I'd freeze it in useful quantities. There are two things to bear in mind of you freeze wine: it expands (so use a bigger container than you think); and it doesn't go completely solid (so keep it the right way up). In the freezer it keeps indefinitely.

You don't want it to go far beyond drinkable, unless your recipe calls for vinegar as well, which you should use less of.


Wine has to be drinkable to be used in cooking, if it goes nasty you'll be adding the nasty flavors to your food! Don't cook with wine you wouldn't be happy to serve at your table. Wine keeps for a long time in the refrigerator, so cap it back up as tight as you can and get it in there as soon as you can after using it.

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    This assumes that the "nasty" flavors are a) less or equally volatile than the ones you want in the food, and that b) they are not usually masked or suitable in a savory context (vinegar is a problem in drinking vine, not in many savory dishes!). Can you elaborate? Commented May 11, 2018 at 20:52
  • When a recipe calls for wine it isn't calling for vinegar @rackandboneman. If you leave wine out and it goes bad that's what you essentially have.
    – GdD
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 20:55
  • I too regularly keep wine that has soured for cooking, and though I would not call it nasty, it is also no longer wine, it is indeed vinegar even if it still has some alcohol in is. Can still produce excellent dishes, but not the same ones as usually intended which wine. And even if vinegar is intended, one does have to be careful that vinegar is what they have and not spoilage.
    – dlb
    Commented May 13, 2018 at 2:57
  • @dlb , I'm not saying to throw out wine that's old, it can make part of a nice salad dressing. Depends on the wine.
    – GdD
    Commented May 13, 2018 at 8:01

I freeze it.

I have a bag full of wine ice cubes that I can use when I want to deglaze a pan, or just need to add a little wine to a dish.

It lasts for months this way. (at least, good enough for cooking with)


I recommend a Wine Pump Preserver, it's cheap and has open wine bottles last much longer.

Doing this and keeping the wine refrigerated should help the wine last longer otherwise taste and or smell for a sour or vinegar taste before use. Wine should be drinkable if used to cook with (exception being cooking wine for the drinkability but that also can still go bad).

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    – Divi
    Commented May 12, 2018 at 1:31
  • I hope my edit helped clarify.
    – Jade So
    Commented May 12, 2018 at 6:32

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