Marsala is an Italian wine made only in Sicily. It has strict regulations on its productions to qualify it as marsala wine. It comes as a dry or sweet variation and the choice is made regarding how it will be used – dry for savory dishes and sweet for dessert/sweet dishes. I’m not going to begin to pretend that I am an expert on the nitty gritty details of marsala wine, but I do know that price does matter.
I have purchased marsala wine for cooking in the past and opted for the cheapest bottle in the store. I’m not saying I’m cheap but, well, I am. My husband smelled the open bottle and gave it a resounding, “Yuck!”. I made the chicken marsala and it was very yummy, but I did a little research and feel strongly that it would have been better had I opted for a higher quality bottle of marsala wine. That being said, I was still stuck with a mostly full bottle of wine that I had no desire to just pour down the drain.
Marsala wine will last for about 3 months if stored in a dark, cool cabinet with as much air removed from the bottle as possible.
Well, I love chicken marsala, but there’s no way I will make enough of it in 3 months to use up that bottle. And what if I change my style and actually want to invest in a more expensive bottle for the next go around? So, how can you preserve the wine and prevent the waste?
Can You Freeze Marsala Wine?
Marsala Wine can be frozen and kept in the freezer for up to 6 months buying you a little extra time to use it up.
How To Freeze Marsala Wine
Freezing marsala wine is not at all complicated. Never freeze wine in the original bottle as freezing will cause the liquid to expand and could break the bottle. Seriously, I’ve done it and the mess is unbelievable. One option is to pour the wine into ice cube trays or muffin tins and place in the freezer. Once the liquid is frozen, simply pop it out of the container and place into labeled, freezer safe plastic bags.
Since I’m a bit of a one hit wonder with regards to my use of marsala wine (chicken marsala – that’s all I’ve got), I freeze my wine in the amounts that my chicken recipe calls for. This way, I can thaw exactly the amount I need each time I make chicken marsala. I simply pour the measured amount into freezer safe plastic containers, label, and pop them into the freezer.
How To Thaw Marsala Wine
Speaking of thawing, it could not be easier! Marsala wine will thaw quickly so just remove from the freezer and place on the counter. It will be ready for cooking in a few hours.
Freezing Marsala wine is such a snap. I really should up my game and try a few different recipes!