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Well, there is little debate on the number one reason why anyone should collect wine corks: It means opening and finishing a new bottle of wine, which is one of those divine moments in life when our heads misalign and all is right in the world. Isn’t a bottle of wine just the smoothest, sweetest way to share an evening with the one you love, with an old friend, with a stranger? It’s a human connector and inhibitions lubricator, and wow, doesn’t it taste just grand.

But, we shouldn’t digress. The idea isn’t why we should be producing more used wine corks but rather why we should be keeping those we just effortlessly come by. No one needs a reason to drink more wine, but perhaps we could use a little incentive for not tossing the corks (or bottles) afterward. Wine corks are super handy, crafty collateral damage from fueling our beverage habits, so we should be sure to save them.

Key Chains

Less a collection than an immediate acknowledgment of a special event, be it an anniversary dinner (or proposal), A new friendship, or a night worth remembering. And while they may seem mundane, for anyone who has carried keys without some sort of keychain, we know they are quietly useful.

Record the date on the cork with a marker, or for those with more artistic talent, go for something more creative. Twist a tiny eyebolt into the end of the cork and put a key ring on it. How nice would it be to receive such a simple, honest gesture, to know somebody wants to commemorate a special moment shared. What an honor!

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Personalized Stamps

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Personalized stamps could go in many directions. For those wine connoisseurs with children, they could have an extensive, entertaining selection of shapes, letters, numbers, and whatever else, or for adults into that sort of thing (no judgment here), this could make for some cool keepsakes.

Carve the round end of the wine cork so that the shape that is to be transferred remains raised. Then, buy yourself an ink pad, or many if getting colorful is your game, and start a-stamping. For those into craftiness, this is a great way to make a signature marker, something more interesting and less pretentious than a signature, for all the things you do.

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String Spools

Granted, there is a finite amount of people who need string spools: seamstresses, cross-stitchers, cobblers maybe, macramé enthusiasts, tiny rope makers, and we all get the picture. Odds are, for some reason, we all have string around for something, or even an assortment of tiny cords and cables that could use straightening up.

Corks make excellent spools because the ends can be notched such that the string or cord can be slipped into it and held in place. This means no annoying unraveling or fiddly work getting the end of the string affixed to something.

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Fire Igniters

They are a costly little luxury that can easily be made DIY-style, making romantic living room fires flame up easier and vegan sausage-roasting campfires something beyond simple. Corks are a great size for fire starters, and for those with easy access to them, say working in a restaurant, this is a great little upcycle to do.

First, save a good collection of corks. Soak them in a container with alcohol, and they’ll easily absorb the solution, thus becoming an instant fire igniter. Store them safely in a jar or a leak-proof something. When it’s time to fan the flames of something, these little starters will burn long enough to get things going.

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Art Projects

In the crafty world of DIYers, wine corks are almost like an adult version of building blocks. They are a stylish filler of spaces, open to being shaped and molded, as well as accepting of pokes, prods, spikes, and pins. In other words, for creative minds, wine corks make for some quietly cool art projects.

They can be glued together in shapes, such as hearts, stars, states, and many other things for quirky wall hangings. They can be formed into sculptures of animals, strung together to form chandeliers, or painted into curious characters with pins for hair. They can even be appealing fillers in the cavities of coffee tables or what have you.

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Cork Mats

Rolled-up, pressed cork mats are pretty familiar to most of us. We’ve seen them as placemats, pot stands, bulletin boards, and coasters. So, for just about everywhere we’ve seen the mats in use, a swankier wine-cork version of the whatever can be made. It just takes a base, some glue, and a collection of corks.

All it takes to make cork mats of all sorts, from bathmats to drink coasters to welcome mats, simply find a durable material, such as shelf liner or old linoleum. Some folks cut the corks in half. Then, it’s just arranging the corks in the pattern you’d like, gluing them down, and there it is. Who knew a bunch of corks could look so fine!

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Wine bottles are worth saving. Wine corks are worth saving. Wine, for those who have iron wills, is worth saving, at least for a while. Wins and wines are flying all over the place.

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With just a few simple ingredients, you can make vegan taco meat made from walnuts! Walnut Meat is a delicious and healthy alternative to ground beef and processed vegan meat products. It’s quick, easy, and customizable for all kinds of cuisines, whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, Italian, or Indian food. You can use walnut meat for almost anything, from tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, taco salads, pizza, and much more! The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it in big batches and meal prep it to use throughout the week to add plant protein to your meals. Even your non-vegan friends and family will love this recipe.

Ingredients You Need:
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 juice of a lime
How To Prepare Walnut Meat

Preparing walnut meat is extremely simple and easy, you won’t believe it! There are 2 main steps to this recipe. First, add the walnuts and desired spices to a blender or food processor and pulse until a powder forms. The second step is to add the pulsed walnuts to a pan and sautée it together with any vegetables or seasoning of your choice. That’s it!

The BEST Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

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Make It Dairy Free shares his recipe for the best vegan walnut taco meat. He explains that walnuts are extremely nutritious and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which is a bonus to the incredible taste. You first want to start by soaking your walnuts in a bowl of water for 12 hours or overnight. If you are in a rush, try and soak them for at least 30 minutes. Once they are done soaking, throw the walnuts into a food processor or a blender and pulse until it turns into a fine texture. He notes that using a blender or food processor is much better than chopping the walnuts by hand when it comes to texture. Now, in a pan, sautée your onions with some oil, and add in your garlic, taco seasoning, and sun-dried tomatoes.

At this point, it should be smelling deliciously fragrant. Now it’s time to add your pulsed walnuts to the pan. Add in the lime juice and soy sauce, and mix everything until the walnuts soak up all the flavor and transform into a dark brown, meaty-like texture. This process only takes around 20-35 minutes, and you can make this in big batches to eat throughout the week!

Some Tips To Keep In Mind To Store Leftovers

You can store leftover walnut taco meat in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s not recommended to store it in the freezer, as it may alter the texture.

Don’t Over-Pulse

When blending or food processing your walnuts, make sure you don’t go overboard with this step, as it may change the texture of the “meat” and resemble a pate rather than taco meat.

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Adding mushrooms to your recipe will help you to create the perfect meat-crumble texture. It will add a chewy consistency and amp up the flavor to a whole other level!

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