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Dry Marsala

Suzie Jun 8, 2007 01:27 PM

How long will an open bottle last before going bad?

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    hungry_pangolin RE: Suzie Jun 8, 2007 01:39 PM

    I'm sure that I'll get flak for saying this, but.... keep the bottle well sealed standing upright on your fridge door shelf. In the fridge, it'll last a *long* time before "going bad", like sherry. I use quotation marks, because it won't go off the way table wine does. It will lose some of its complexity, and will be a less pleasant beverage, as it ages in the fridge, but I'd say that you're good for a few months, at least. Another suggestion is to experiment beyond veal marsala. I love zabaglione, and have used marsala (granted, not dry) in rice puddings and pound cakes. You could use it to deglaze a roasting pan for jus, or in a gravy. Sprinkle it with some fine sugar over berries. A pleasant preprandial cocktail is marsala, a spritz of soda water, and a twist of lemon. You should be finished the bottle in under two weeks, with all those suggestions! Cin cin!

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    1. re: hungry_pangolin
      Suzie RE: hungry_pangolin Jun 8, 2007 01:42 PM

      Thanks! It was just a bottle I used in a recipe but I have quite a bit left so if it would last for another week or 2 I am sure I will find something to do with it. Thanks again.

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        rworange RE: Suzie Jun 9, 2007 10:02 PM

        It will last way longer than a week or two ... especially if you are using it for cooking. Post the Home Cooking board for ideas. It is good for mascerating fruit for a fruit cup.

    2. maria lorraine RE: Suzie Jun 10, 2007 01:47 PM

      Most wines go *bad* after opening because they become oxidized. Marsala is a wine that is *already* oxidized, and it's that oxidation that makes Marsala taste like Marsala. It will take a very long time indeed for it to go bad. You could probably keep it sealed and refrigerated for at least a month, probably longer.

      Please read these other Marsala posts for more cooking ideas:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/389007
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/332974
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368470

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      1. re: maria lorraine
        Robert Lauriston RE: maria lorraine Jun 26, 2007 09:35 AM

        Absolutely right. I keep marsala in the fridge for months and it's fine.

        The hard part is finding good marsala in the first place. Marsala vergine is almost extinct in the US.

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