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Wine Corks

emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 07:07 PM

I dunno what to do with them. I hate to throw them away.Is there cork recycling ? Well, I throw them in a bowl and start a new collection at the new year. I decided to have freinds over for new years and have them guess how many bottles were opened this year. Is there a use for them ?

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  1. kaleokahu RE: emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 08:11 PM

    Hi, emglow101:

    Well, if you keep them as mementos, you can make trivets or bulletin boards out of them. I usually "scrapbook" them--writing the date of a special occasion with guests on them and plunking them in a carboy.

    My most utilitarian use is that I push them through the loop handles on my Dutch oven, roaster, poacher lids, etc.--makeshift but very convenient permanent potholders. If you're VERY and ALWAYS careful, they make OK edge protectors for the kitchen knives that won't fit in your block. And they're good for burnishing almost anything.


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      Breezychow RE: kaleokahu Dec 10, 2011 11:08 AM

      I agree that you can make lovely cork bulletin boards or hot-plate table trivets from them. It's a shame to just toss them away.

    2. Bill Hunt RE: emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 08:39 PM

      In PHX, Whole Foods recycled wine corks.

      I save them by the bag, but after one has done a wine-cork trivet, cork wreaths and a cork-board, to all that they know, one runs out of options. I also have handed off 1,000's to my caterer/designer, to do various decorations. He's done some great things for my charity donations, regarding wines, plus for some of his other clients.

      Wish that I had a constant outlet to hand off mine, as they mount up, and in a hurry.


      1. Bill Hunt RE: emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 08:42 PM

        Now, and this goes back some years, the sommelier at a great little French restaurant at Hilton Head, SC, covered his Dodge mini-van in corks, and he glued them, sticking OUT, not laying flat. The entire auto was covered completely, except where a few of the hot-glue attachments separated. Not sure that my wife would be keen on doing that with her Mercedes?


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          kaleokahu RE: Bill Hunt Dec 8, 2011 09:24 PM


          Sell her on how much cooler she will be in the summertime, and how much cooler she will *look* year-round. Might give her a few extra seconds to exit in a flash flood? Stealth technology against radar speed traps? Condition precedent to any *new* Benz?


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            Bill Hunt RE: kaleokahu Dec 9, 2011 07:05 PM

            Going back a few autos, I made mention of such, and held up my hot-glue gun. Wife just looked at me, and then immediately changed the subject. As a "husband," I understood her look, plus her mood, and put the hot-glue gun away.She didn't even say, "Oh, you can do that 'stuff' on you Landcruiser" - nothing but the "look."


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              kaleokahu RE: Bill Hunt Dec 9, 2011 09:11 PM


              And that's precisely why you should have an Iron Maiden hanging in the corner of your cellar...


        2. DuchessNukem RE: emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 10:49 PM

          Compost pile (natural cork only, of course). Saw a rec to put them through food processor first. Really? No. I'll just dig them under for another year.

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            wally RE: emglow101 Dec 8, 2011 10:59 PM

            Some merchants recycle them. Wole Foods, Kermit Lynch are the two I've noticed. Cork corks only, no plastic.

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              Bill Hunt RE: wally Dec 9, 2011 07:08 PM

              Wife tells me that Whole Foods in PHX (at least our near-by store), do not recycle corks any more. I cannot verify.


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                wally RE: Bill Hunt Dec 9, 2011 10:32 PM

                I can no longer correct my spelling. I can still recycle corks at Kermit Lynch. Haven't been to Whole Foods to check.

            2. Delucacheesemonger RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2011 10:46 AM

              In livingroom/den/everything, l have an industrial loft. l have a hollowed out antique tree trunk 30x44"
              filled with worthy corks, looks great.

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                emi50 RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2011 11:05 AM

                Whole Foods in our area (San Jose, CA) recycles them. You could also post an offering on your local freecycle.org or craiglist - I guarantee a local artist or school teacher will want them.

                1. Living4fun RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2011 11:10 AM

                  My sister makes wonderful looking wreaths with wine corks. It's not very hard to do with a glue gun. It looks really nice hanging in our bar area.

                  1. Longing for Italy RE: emglow101 Dec 10, 2011 03:58 PM

                    I made a couple "log" (AKA cork) bird houses...hanging next to my 10' wide x 4'high wine-botle wall.

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