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mick7006/05/2018 09:06:28
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got bottle of medium dry asda sherry 2 yrs ago for cooking.

just found it in cupboard is it still ok to use?

thinking of doing some pork in it.

don't know anything about sherry being a whiskey/whisky and brandy drinker only.


Clive Hartland06/05/2018 09:25:04
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Mick, if it smells of vinegar dump it but I prefer Cider with Pork, and of course apple sauce!


mick7006/05/2018 09:31:40
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doesn't smell of vinegar.

normally would do pork in cider resting on sliced apples and some honey on top but don't like wasting stuff.

roy entwistle06/05/2018 09:39:42
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Have a taste of it. If it doesn't taste sour it's OK


Harry Wilkes06/05/2018 09:49:35
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Sherry is a fortified wine ( contains brandy) so should last longer than wine I think it'll be OK some years back use to make it by the gallon wink


Rik Shaw06/05/2018 09:51:43
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If it has not been opened it should be perfectly OK. If it smells of vinegar then dump it or try pickling your boiler in it!! If undecided, drink a glass. If still undecided, drink another glass. Keep going until you are certain its OK cheeky


Neil Wyatt06/05/2018 10:07:34
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This is interesting:

It suggests 18 months to 3 years in bottle, depending on the type.

Once open, drink in a month or use for cooking within a year.

It has a neat tip for removing a corked taste.

Ady106/05/2018 12:33:23
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With a sufficient alcohol content most things are preserved

We just chucked out a couple of bottles of 1985 warninks advocat in a house clearance but there's a couple of babychams I'm going hang on to and test out

mechman4806/05/2018 12:51:54
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Shelf life...? The odd bottle I've had never stayed on any shelf long enough to have a life... devil


larry phelan 106/05/2018 22:01:43
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As Rik Shaw says, you need to do a few test runs on that stuff. From experience I have found that one sample is never enough to be sure,you must take several samples. The downside is that by the time you have reached a verdict,there,s nothing left for cooking,but if you,re still standing,then it must be OK.

I have carried out this test many times,and it has never failed,but cannot say the same for the cooking !

PS I found a Christmas pud in my freezer,during a recent defrost,been in there for the last two years,never tasted better ! So,be brave !

duncan webster06/05/2018 22:05:12
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way back the mists of time I used to like the odd bottle of Newcastle Brown. That was when I lived in West London and the bitter was awful, Younger's Tartan etc. One long party when we'd all had a bit too much someone gave me a pint glass full of a brownish liquid, which I drank. Drinking sherry by the pint is not a good idea, in fact I still can't stand the stuff.

richardandtracy06/05/2018 22:08:38
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Takes us about 5 years to get through a bottle of sherry. No worries with it. The one that goes off (solid) is Baileys Irish Cream. Given up on it as we don't drink it fast enough. Even a bottle of wine lasts 3 weeks at home. The last glass is usually a bit sour.



ChrisH06/05/2018 23:12:35
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We gave up buying sherry.

Would buy a bottle with the weekly shop, get back home and have 'a sherry' whilst we unloaded/put away the shop before lunch, and ended up every week with the bottle neigh-on gone before we had lunch.

When it got to the stage when we regularly took the top off a new bottle of sherry and threw it away on the basis we'd not need it again we binned buying sherry.

It was nice though.........

Mark Rand06/05/2018 23:49:08
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The 2012 LBV port I've been testing tonight seems a bit young, compared with the real stuff. But I don't think it's going to be getting a lot older (long day, injured wrist, yada yada)

Enough!07/05/2018 00:53:10
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Posted by ChrisH on 06/05/2018 23:12:35:

We gave up buying sherry.

We did too - probably 7 or 8 years ago after many years. The "excitement" wink had worn off. That left a half-used bottle tucked away in a corner of the drinks-cabinet.

About 6 months ago we "rediscovered" it (well, to be honest, we'd run out of pretty much everything else and the liquor store was closed). The sherry, in the opened bottle, was just fine (other than the cork being "welded" into the bottle) ..... and we genuinely have rediscovered it now.

Bazyle07/05/2018 08:25:30
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You must keep the cork moist to keep it sealed. People put their win in a sideways rack but don't think about spirits. If airtight it will keep for years but if it has started to turn to vinegar open it to the air and let it complete conversion then use it for de-rusting, or if weak for cleaning brass.

john fletcher 107/05/2018 09:06:51
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When we were born dad made each of us a bottle of his home made wine, then when we were 21 we opened it, and drank it, no problem. Mam, Dad brother and sister all died of old age, and I'll soon be 84. Dad made beer and wine including sherry all his life, he grew hops in the garden, boiler it up in an old gas copper and drank the end product, died very happy if not a little inebriated. John

HasBean07/05/2018 10:42:43
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I've developed a taste for sherry as I've gotton older, I'm afraid the shelf life here is about 3 days embarrassed


Dave Martin07/05/2018 11:05:13
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Posted by richardandtracy on 06/05/2018 22:08:38:

......The one that goes off (solid) is Baileys Irish Cream. Given up on it as we don't drink it fast enough. .....

Golly, that takes me back to my student days. End of Autumn term, a house/course-mate and I had a lab report to submit before going home for Christmas, so we finished it late at night. There was a just-opened bottle of Baileys, which we decided would have gone off by the time we got back in January; after we disposed of that bottle, for some reason we decided the other bottle - even though un-opened - might suffer (loneliness?) - so that was seen off as well. When our lab reports were returned, they were marked "marvellous prose style but light on factual content".

Gordon W07/05/2018 11:25:08
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When any wine, beer etc. is left long enough it will go-off, so I am told. Why not make it into vinegar ? Plenty of how-to on the net. I'm told these specialist vinegars are expensive ,so you are making money.

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