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Wine Corks

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. 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.

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      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. 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.

      Hunt

      1. 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?

        Hunt

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Hunt:

          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?

          Kaleo

          1. re: kaleokahu

            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."

            Hunt

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Hunt:

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

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

        2. 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.

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

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            1. re: wally

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

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

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