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Dec 24, 2006 09:49 PM

Wine corks

Out of curiosity, what do you all do with your corks after your bottles are done? I save all my corks and I've got quite a collection at this point. All my corks are dated and have initials on them to reference with whom I shared the bottle. I'm curious what you all do with your corks.

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  1. The first year of owning our wine shop has produced a collection of around 700. This almost fills a tall glass cylindrical vase that is almost 4' in height. As it has grown, we have had contests where people can win a gift card for being the closest to guessing how many there are.

    1. Put a couple corks in the frying pan, it prevents the oil from burning.

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      1. re: RicRios

        Hi RicRios, I'm intrigued by your cork use- can you elaborate on this cork and burning oil business?

        - Lea

        1. re: Canada Eats

          Well, I learned it from my inlaws, not from books. Whenever you're frying in a pan, the oil has a certain limited life before it burns. If you put a couple corks in the oil, oil lasts a lot longer without burning. I must say I thought it silly at first, but it worked!

      2. Drinking a bottle of wine almost every night results in lots of corks. We used to save them but it just got to be too much. So, along with the capsule they co right into the trash. Plus, these days a number of bottles have the synthetic corks which certainly aren't worth saving and then there's the screw top bottles which seem to be appearing more and more these days.

        1. I used to save them, but eventually they became Weber fuel.

          When I buy everyday wine (for me, $16-$25) I consider screw caps a plus, and synthetics a minus. A screw cap on Oz white really simplifies a quick seafood dinner, and I've rarely had a poor bottle.

          1. Trivets! Those corks made terrific holding plates, under a candle, wine coasters.

            We slice a cork in half and hot glue them together. Our small (but growing) wine cellar has cork shelving btwn the bottles; nesting very nicely.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Adorable idea to make trivets! What is a good tool to use to cut the cork with? Exacto knife maybe?

              1. re: Val

                Val, yes Exacto knife is ideal for splitting lengthwise. Then we use a plastic ruler (similar to a drafting tool) for a straight edge to line up corks. If you extra sturdy trivets a piece of pine/wall board as your base also work well. Good luck!

                1. re: Val

                  There are kits that provide the frame and structure to minimize cutting. Take a look in any of the consumer wine periodicals for sources, or on the web.

                  1. re: Val

                    I made a jig by using three or four boards that I nailed together then drilled a long hole with a long7/8 spade drill bit. Then you put two boards together so the seamsplits the hole perfectly and wedge a razor blade between that board. The corks can then be forced through the hole, splitting themes they go. I push them through with a dowel. I did about a 5 gallon bucket today while watching tv in about 90 minutes. Ill post a better description with pictures tomorrow if someone see it

                    1. re: fdensmore

                      Yes, please post some pictures. This sounds quite interesting, but I'm no good at figuring things out from words alone. Thanks!

                      1. re: fdensmore

                        me too...and a 5 gal bucket, wtf?!!