culinary review

How To Quickly Chill Wine or Beer

Last Modified: 03/20/11
First Published: 07/21/10
Views: 967
<<     >>
Views: 967
If you're having a party and forgot to put the wine or beer in the fridge, then everything is not lost. First of all, beerif you have a large ice bucket, this is the time to take it out and use it. Put the bottles you want to chill in the bucket and then pour ice and cold water over them as well as a tablespoon of salt for each quart of water. Salt is a neat trick, because it lowers the freezing point of the water, thereby making the water even colder and allowing it to stay colder longer.

If on the other hand you need to chill a whole case of wine or a large amount of beer bottles, then you might not fit it all in an ice bucket. Instead, put the bottles in your bathtub, then pour ice and cold water over them. Ideally pour a lot of ice in here if you have it on hand, the higher the ice to water ratio is, the faster it will chill. If you do this, then the bottles should be chilled in about 25 minutes, which is pretty good. This is also a good technique if you need to chill a lot of bottles and you simply don't have the room in your fridge. This can especially be true if you're having a party and the whole food is filled with food, leaving you no extra space to chill bottles.