Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Recycling With A Difference

A new company called Apres Vin has come up with a fantastic way of recycling wine making left overs. They are based in Washington and create gourmet grape seed oils based on varietals such as Riesling and Merlot infused with chipotle.

The ground-up seed meal from creating the oil can also be dried to make varietal flours such as Merlot and Chardonnay, which can create purple tinted baked goods. The flour is also high in antioxidants. The company is also exploring other options such as wood stove pellet fuel made from grape stems and seeds, paper and ink from the grape skins and even Chardonnay biodiesel.

A distillery in Scotland, the Tullibardine Distillery have come up with another good recycling idea. They are selling wood chips for smoking meat and fish. The chips are made by chopping up Tullibardine Distillery's used oak casks. The barrels previously contained 12 year old whisky, before having been reincarnated into smoking woodchips. The chips are said to impart a subtle whisky flavour.

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