How to Open a Wine Bottle MacGyver Style
This may not be a recipe but it's just as helpful in the kitchen...
There were many times in college where I was faced with a difficult situation. How do I open this $10 bottle of wine sans wine opener? It usually ended up with myself on the floor, straddling the bottle and hacking at the cork with a fork or knife. Obviously, I wasn’t using my critical thinking skills.
Years later I’ve learned to follow the Boy Scout motto and always be prepared. I also don’t let my flakey neighbor borrow my stuff anymore; she still has my stapler.
You just need a few simple items that are hopefully lying around.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A 2″ or longer screw
- A screwdriver
- A hammer
- A nice bottle of wine (or a cheap one, I’m not judging)
Here's what you do:
Push the screw into the cork. Keep pushing until it’s about 1.5 inches into the cork. You may need the screwdriver here. The reason for pushing the screw so deep is to ensure that the whole cork comes out in one pull. Otherwise you might as well be hacking at it with a fork.
Take your hammer and put ‘the claw’ of the hammer under the screw. Think about when you pull nails out of the wall. Same technique.
Pull the screw and cork up and out of the bottle using the hammer. You may need to put the bottle between your legs to really get a good grip.
Drink your wine.
Hope this helps. Don’t worry if you still ended up on the floor hacking at the cork with a knife. I’m sure there are other things you’re good at.