Alternative Wine Cooler Uses.

Perhaps you received a wine refrigerator as a gift, your home included a built-in cooler or you simply found a deal you could not pass up. If you are not much of a wine drinker, though, you might be wondering if you can use it for something else. Fortunately, there are a number of other potential applications for wine coolers.

Wine coolers are a great place to store produce, such as lettuce and celery or apples and grapes. Doing so will keep your fruits and veggies cool while allowing air to circulate around them, keeping them fresh and crisp as well. The racks in these refrigerators also make it easy to place individual bowls of salad into the cooler to chill before serving.

A wine fridge is intended to chill vino, but why not use it to cool other types of beverages instead? Slide two-liter soft drinks, individual cans of soda, water bottles and juice boxes into the slots and create a beverage center that your entire family will enjoy.

If you are planning a party, use your wine refrigerator to keep trays of food cool until you are ready to serve them, freeing up your primary fridge for other large items. Platters loaded with cold cuts, crudités, cheeses and other hors d'oeuvres will keep cool, stay fresh and be ready when you need them.

Wine coolers are ideal for hard cheeses, such as asiago, blue and parmesan, as well as washed rind cheeses, such as muenster. These types of cheese do not require the colder temperatures of your primary refrigerator. In fact, they will stay fresh longer in 40 to 50 degree temps, which is probably an option with your wine refrigerator but not with your primary fridge, which should be set under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Finally, you can use wine coolers to store non-food items as well. Slip glass drink and dinnerware, such as salad plates, ice cream bowls, cocktail tumblers or beer mugs into the racks to chill them before filling with food or beverages.