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Wife says I've really taken this brining thing too far

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Wife says I've really taken this brining thing too far

drongo | | Feb 15, 2012 08:24 AM

My wife flipped out yesterday when she saw I had a bottle of white wine in a container of brine (with peppercorns, thyme, garlic). She said this was a step too far!

But I can explain...

I had forgotten to cool the wine... and a good way to quickly cool a bottle of wine is to put it in some chilled water (because water has better heat transfer properties than air). And because I had brined a chicken in the fridge during the day and just taken the chicken out, I decided it would be easiest to use that chilled brine. I poured the cold brine into a large straight-sided glass vase and inserted the (unopened) bottle of wine. I realize how weird that must have looked! But it worked wonderfully... the wine was chilled, and I should get environmental brownie points (greenie points?) for making double use of that cold brine.

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