Use an Ice Cream Maker Bowl to Quickly Chill Wine

Starting right about now, I make sure to always have the bowl of my ice cream maker in the freezer, so it’s always frozen and ready for action. In addition to making ice cream, it also works as a great impromptu ice bucket for chilling beverages.

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I’m interested to see the number of people who have an ice cream maker versus those that have a wine bucket. I would also like to know what type of people are in the intersection of that Venn diagram.

When Liquors and Cocktail Ingredients Expire

Newsflash: vintage bar carts are back in style. It’s time to head to your attic or basement, dust off the old bar cart and bring it back into use. Or, if you’re new to bar carts, you could check out antique stores or yard sales for a great find!

Once your bar cart is in place, it’s time to clean it up! Read our guide for how to clean off your bar cart, and make sure that the liquor that is already there has not gone bad. It also serves as a handy guide for the shelf life of each bottle you plan to stock. So if you just opened a bottle of creamy coffee liqueur, make sure you plan to serve your guests Irish coffees within the next few months, before it goes bad.

Source: Belly Up to the Bar Cart

I would have been skeptical except my girlfriend’s parents keep their liquor above the built-in oven for some unknown reason. We had a glass of bourbon out of a 1/4-full bottle that had been getting warmed up a couple times a day and it was so very, very wrong. It wasn’t a lack of subtlety, it wasn’t some evaporation, it was spoiled.  So, it can happen. I found this out the hard way.

I think if the temperature is low and the seal on the cap is good, it probably will last just about forever, though.

Why We Get Hangovers When We Drink Alcohol

It’s definitely a bad idea if you take more than the recommended dosage of paracetamol (with or without alcohol). As far as I know, the research on whether it and alcohol together cause liver damage is really muddy, mostly because there’s not enough data looking at timing of alcohol intake with taking paracetamol and their relation to toxicity; and paracetamol’s effects with acute and chronic alcohol consumption (research looks a lot at alcoholics) may be different.

If you overdose on the paracetamol and overdo it regularly on the alcohol, I believe that is another discussion.

What’s the Best Way to Clean a Red Wine Stain?

Nothing stops a party in its tracks like spilling a glass of red wine on white clothing. Everyone clamors for their go-to method of cleaning the stain before it sets. Seltzer! Salt! Incantations! But do any of them actually work? Today we test a few commonly suggested methods for cleaning red wine.

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The correct answer is OxiClean. Red wine drinkers know this is the only thing that will save your ass when you dump a glass of red wine on your carpet or white shirt.

The Best Wine Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies, Tested

‘Tis the season for Girl Scout cookies, and everyone’s buzzing about a new guide from the folks behind the Vivino wine app, suggesting 12 wines to pair with 12 different types of Girl Scout cookies. Really? We were skeptical, so Gizmodo actually drank wine with Thin Mints and Trefoils. For you.

Source: The Best Wine Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies, Tested

Is there a girl scout badge for wine pairings?

Consider Your Drinking Now, Not Later, If You’re Trying to Get Pregnant

There’s a good idea buried in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent bungled message about alcohol and pregnancy: Women are typically pregnant for at least a few weeks before they know it. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may want to start thinking about your alcohol intake now.

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There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence being thrown around like “my wife drank like a fish right before we found out she was pregnant and my kid’s fine.”

Yeah… that’s all well and good. However, your kid doesn’t have to be drooling on themselves to have a neurological deficiency. Just playing devil’s advocate, maybe your kid could have been more intelligent or you haven’t figured out some deficiency. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but the CDC seems to think it could be harmful.

Give Your Grains a Creamy Flavor Boost by Cooking Them in Coconut Milk

From chewy farro to a simple pot of rice, barely a day goes by that we’re not cooking or consuming some kind of grain. Still, as with any staple, we can grow weary of the same old flavors day in and day out. Isn’t there an easy way to shake things up in the grain pot? Something that doesn’t involve more chopping or fancy ingredients? You bet there is!

Source: The Easiest Way to Boost the Flavor of Rice and Grains

Uplift your vegetables by smothering them in cheese!  Coconut milk is good and all, but yikes… calories.

Cooking porridge oats in apple juice is also fairly common. Other options for steel cut oats include:

  • Whey for sweet/ sour (depends on the whey)
  • Beef stock for savory
  • Dark beer for curiosity
  • Cocoa powder for fun

Temporarily Quitting Alcohol Brings Health Benefits

“DRY January”, for many a welcome period of abstinence after the excesses of the holiday season, could be more than a rest for body and soul. New Scientist staff have generated the first evidence that giving up alcohol for a month might actually be good for you, at least in the short term.

Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits. So we teamed up with Rajiv Jalan at the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London Medical School (UCLMS) to investigate.

Source: Our Liver Vacation: Is a Dry January Really Worth It?

The study is small and informal, but it fits with what we know about how alcohol works on our bodies. Rather than quitting for a month and then going back on your usual schedule, it’s probably better to use this as a lesson in how easy it is to reverse some of the effects of alcohol.