Considering buying a wine cooler and not sure what size to get? Or worried you might buy a wine cooler that is too big for your needs? What if you already have a wine cooler and aren’t sure what to do with the leftover space inside? We get questions on alternative uses for a wine cooler in addition to keeping wines all the time.
No Problem, we have compiled our Top 10 list of items you can store in your wine fridge, either at the same time or alone. You will be amazed at the things that you can use your wine cooler to store and age besides your wines. We are also including our top picks for the best wine coolers for these uses. Do you use your wine cooler for uses we haven’t figured out below?
Lets Get Started With the Top 10 Alternative Uses for Your Wine Cooler:
- Champagne or sparkling wines- natch…
- Water Bottles
- Ice Tea – check out these cool recipes for beyond your average iced teas – From Rachel Ray
- Lemonade or other Ades there are some great recipes here: Rachel Ray Magazine
- Sparkling Waters
- Coconut Water – I have lots on hand in mine
- Low Cal
- Dark Ale
Check out the New Air AWR-460DB 46 bottle dual zone wine cooler our #1 choice in 2019 for storing multi beverages like wines, beer and cold drinks all at the same time. Very flexible as well because it’s designed to be used as a freestanding wine cooler as well as a built in should you desire. As an exclusive bonus for our partnership with New Air (besides the best pricing) you can get your choice of insulated wine glasses or bottle toppers with your purchase. Decide at checkout. As of this writing the New Air AWR-460DB is currently on sale at a savings of $350 plus fast free shipping.
For a smaller dual zone wine fridge that can do the same check out our #1 choice in 2019 for 24 Bottle Thermoelectric Cooler the Nutrichef PKTEWC240. It has 2 completely separate compartments for zones, each with their own door. How Cool is that? Check out our full review of the NutriChef PKTEWC24 to see if this small wine cooler is the best suited for your needs.
Important Note: No Strong Smelling Items in your wine cooler though as they can alter the tastes and bouquets of your wines.
#3 Fruits: 31-40 degrees
- Grapes of course
- PlumCots – I have 3 trees in my yard! Have you ever had one? Heaven, truly…
Other Peach, Plum, Nectarine, Apricot Hybrid fruits can all be safely cooled in your wine cooler.
#4 Vegetables: 38-42*F
- Leafy Greens
No strong smellers with your wines though like brussel sprouts, onions, etc., yuck!
Keep your herb choices simple and free of strong smells like garlic as this will impact wine flavors. Awesome instructions here for How To Prepare Herbs for Storing in Your Wine Cooler Fridge.
Check out the Antarctic Star SINAS46 17 Bottle Wine Cooler Refrigerator. It’s 1 of our top choices in 2019 for small wine cooler with extra storage for unique items. The Antarctic Star SINAS46 is available on Amazon check out all the reviews by happy customers. Our full review of the Antarctic Star SINAS46 is here with all the info you need to make the best decision for your wine cooler needs.
#6 Aging Cheese 50 degrees F
Here is a cool article on how to make your own cheese. Just in case you are interested.
Soft Cheese 35-45 degrees
Hard Cheese 40-50 degrees
Cheeses need a bit higher temps than other items in your regular fridge to store properly & maintain their flavors and textures. Just pop it out of your wine fridge an hour or so before serving to get them closer to room temp.
Check out our choice for Top Small Dual Zone Wine Cooler of 2019, Nutrichef PKTEWC240 24 Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler – Wine Chiller, it has plenty of room for your cooler temperature white wines and your warmer storing red wines and cheeses! See our full review here for all the pros and cons before you buy.For a larger option we suggest our #1 Top Pick for 2019 the New Air AWR-460DB 46 bottle dual zone wine fridge. It can be used standalone as a freestanding wine fridge or as a built in. With plenty of charm in either capacity and plenty of room for your wines and cheeses.
60-75 degrees constant temps are perfect. Who hates perfect chocolate? No one! Most red wines call for aging temps of 55 degrees F, and short term storage and serving at 65 degrees F, so let your red wines and chocolate hang out together.
Keeps perfectly in a wine fridge as 57 Degrees F is in a wine cooler temperature sweet spot! So store your Olive Oil container with your red wines and both will be happy!
Our #1 Choice for 18 bottle single zone wine cooler fridge is the Ivation IV-FWCT181B 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler, it has plenty of room for lots of wine and a jug or two of Olive Oil. Our full review of the Ivation IV-FWCT181B here.
Cigars in a spanish cedar box & Boveda beads at 72% humidity & you are set! Best in thermoelectric wine coolers like Ivation IV-FWCT181B. Our Full Review of the Ivation IV-FWCT 181B here. You may need a hygrometer just for peace of mind. As compressor types take humidity out of the interior environment causing your cigars to dry out. Boo.Boveda Beads 72-Percent RH
Just want to skip the assemblage of boxes and instrumentation? Check Out NewAir CC-100H Climate Controlled, Locking Electronic Humidor. It’s all set up & ready to fill.
We only recommend wet aging meats in your wine cooler when you have wine stored at the same time. Wet aging takes placed in thick shrink wrapped plastic bags and no smell emanates. This is the perfect time to use your Foodsaver to wet age a couple of really good steaks.
Dry aging or curing of meats is in the open air though and is too much smell and contaminants for your wines. You will also probably need a
Ink Bird Tech Hygrometer to make sure the required humidity range is met.
Check out our 2019 top pick for Freestanding or Built In Wine Cooler the New Air AWR-520 52 bottle single zone compressor wine cooler. It has plenty of room to age meats wet by storing on racks or using the dry method of hanging.
Did you know that you can throw a couple wine glasses in your wine cooler a few hours ahead of time to help keep your wine chilled just a bit more when you pop the cork? Absolutely, rinse them, then dry, pop into the wine cooler and fill them up after opening the bottle. ENJOY!
With so many choices of how your wine cooler fridge can be used, you will be able to keep your wine cooler constantly full and working for you even if you don’t keep much wine on hand at any given time.
Check out our Top 20 Picks for Small Wine Coolers for 2019 and see what wine fridge fits best for you!
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