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It seems I always throw away a partial bottle of champagne after I entertain. How long does champagne last after it is opened? What can I do with it? Could it go into French 75s a week later? Wasting good champagne is so hard to do.

asked by SKK over 7 years ago

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Sam1148
Sam1148

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added over 7 years ago

Leave it in the bottle opened, with some cheese cloth on top. Let it sit at room temp for a few weeks. It will sour/vinegar. (if it wasn't made with preservatives).
Then use it for salad dressing. Mustard, dijon, herbs, the champagne.

This is also good to use with beaujolais nouveau that's soured.

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pierino
pierino

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added over 7 years ago

Actually a French 75 sounds like a damn good use for it provided you can stopper up the bottle. I also use it in citrus sorbet (or any number of other sparkling wines for that matter). But a week is kind of a long time to hold it as the fizz will be gone...

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betteirene
added over 7 years ago

Think of it as white wine and use it to poach scallops, in vinaigrette, in pierino's sorbet.

Or use it to make thirschfield's candies: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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Amanda Hesser
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added over 7 years ago

I use a simple Champagne bottle stopper and have found that a bottle will hold its fizz well for 2 days, and then will degrade over days 3 and 4. By day 5 it's usually pretty much flat.

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ChefJune
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added over 7 years ago

Amanda beat me to recommending a stopper. I find they work well. A silver spoon set stem down in the bottle will keep the bubbles for one extra day. But sparkly or flat, it's a great pan deglazer for scallops or delicately flavored white fish. And Jean-Michel Lorain, chef/owner of La Côte St. Jacques in Joigny, France (3* near Chablis) shared a wonderful recipe for chicken poached in Champagne.

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pierino
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added over 7 years ago

Here's the recipe I used for a Valentine's sorbet; http://www.food52.com/recipes...

The basic formula for a French 75 cocktail calls for gin, cointreau, squeezed lime juice, sugar and finished with sparkling wine. Stirred not shaken.

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SKK
SKK
added over 7 years ago

Thank you all for your wonderful answers. One of the things I love about foodpickle is the education I receive with each answer. All recipes and tips are now stored.

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