Leftover Wine?

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So here’s a cool trick (no pun intended ūüôā )…

If you have leftover wine pour it into a tartlet pan and put it in the freezer. ¬†Once frozen, use a plastic spoon to scoop the “tartlets”¬†out, place them in a Tupperware container and return to the freezer. ¬†This step needs to be done pretty quickly.

These wine disks can be used when you need just a bit of wine for a recipe. ¬†Since we are not big wine drinkers these come in handy…Chicken Piccata, Pasta Sauce,¬†Fra Diavolo.

Since the wine does not freeze completely solid it will soften pretty fast. ¬†I recommend keeping these in the coldest section of your freezer and don’t let it sit out.

Bonus Tip: Ever tried wine slush? ¬†Pour some wine into a cupcake tin and do the same think. ¬†Put into a glass when ready and enjoy with a spoon. ¬†It’s like an adult Slurpee…:)

Fresh Herbs on Hand

I love using fresh herbs but I can never manage to use them up while they are fresh.  Recipes generally call for a small amount.  After wasting far too much money throwing them away after they sat in the fridge for too long I decided to try to freeze them.  Originally I found a cool idea on Pinterest.  Place cupcake papers in a Tupperware container and fill each cup with diced herbs.  It was a cool idea because the herbs would stay sorted but there was only one container to dig for.  The problem I had was that too much air surrounded the contents so they would get freezer burn before long.  One day I had way too much parsley and decided to dice it and throw it in a ziplock.  I knew it would get buried in my freezer so I threw it into the plastic container that my cilantro and basil usually come in.  Its the larger plastic herb box at Stop & Shop.  It was perfect because it fit on the door perfectly and the contents were wrapped up.

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I use this trick all of the time and loving having the herbs fresh and ready to go whenever I want them.  Now I buy them when they are on sale.  After I wash them and lay them out to dry I either chop or dice the herb depending on how I would use them most.  I fill a sandwich or snack size ziplock and label it with a black sharpie marker.  I put the bags into a plastic container that I buy my basil and have fresh herbs ready to go.DSCN1263