Food & Nutrition

6 Genius Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

Yes, it can be done with a pair of scissors, a house key, or a shoe.

Push it in

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If you, like so many others faced with a delicious bottle of wine but no corkscrew, are wondering how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew, we have a few methods for you to try. First, put on your least-favorite shirt and step outside; with this method, there will be splash-back. The idea is to push the cork all the way into the bottle using the blunt tip of a screwdriver, butter knife, etc. Just stand your blunt instrument straight up atop the cork, and slowly hammer it in with the palm of your hand. You will see the cork starting to depress. Proceed very slowly from here. One mighty blow could send wine spurting up to your ceiling (as it did in our photo studio). Optional finale: Strain the wine through a coffee filter to avoid getting cork in your pour.

Screw it

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Drive or hammer a large screw straight into the top of the cork; leave at least half an inch of the screw showing on top. Hook the forked end of your hammer around the top of the screw, grip the bottle tightly with your other hand, and pull the cork out. Remember as you pull: Twisting always helps. You can also use nails instead of a screw.

Make a handle out of scissors

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Open a pair of scissors so that the two blades are spread apart from one another. Stab one blade straight down into the cork. Gripping the scissors where the two blades meet, twist the cork out, pulling up little by little until it pops free. It’s easier than it sounds. Here are 10 more brilliant uses for ordinary kitchen tools you never thought of.

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