You might not know what “cork taint” is, but you’ll know it when you smell it. Similar to old gym socks, the smell will make you want to immediately dump the whole bottle of wine down the drain. Don’t! Saran wrap can save your happy hour sip.
Cork taint, which is caused by a chemical reaction that produces trichloranisole (TSA), is actually harmless for your health according to the Los Angeles Times. All you need to do to salvage the bottle is to get rid of the TSA, the source of the offensive smell and taste. Luckily, it can be absorbed out of the wine by polyethylene, a compound found in most plastic wraps. Simply wad up the Saran wrap, and place it at the bottom of a pitcher. Pour the entire bottle of wine over the plastic wrap and gently swirl the pitcher for 5 to 10 minutes to make sure all of the wine touches the plastic. Base your treatment time on the strength of the smell from TSA; the stronger the taint, the longer it will take to remove.
Genius! THIS is the kind of chemistry I like!Posted by Tip Hero on Monday, September 14, 2015
Genius! THIS is the kind of chemistry I like!
After you’ve swirled your wine, pour out a small test amount and see if the taste and smell is gone. If not, pour the wine into another container and add a new piece of plastic wrap to repeat the process. Once your wine is free of the signature TSA taste and smell, decant it as normal and enjoy. Saran wrap: your happy hour hero.
And if you have leftover, use our handy trick for saving wine that will keep the fresh taste longer.
NOTE: Of course, some people have concerns about putting plastic in or around their foods and drinks. Use your personal preferences and concerns to guide your decision, but if you're in a pinch you can always give this trick a try. And if it's easy and affordable for you, just open up a second bottle of wine.
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