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How to Sanitize a Cork Stopper

Updated February 21, 2017

When making your own food or drink for personal or commercial use, sanitation is of the utmost importance. Corks stoppers often come prepackaged and labelled as sterilised. To make sure they are clean, however, it is a good idea to sanitise the cork stoppers in your own kitchen immediately before you use them. Even in a kitchen cupboard, cork stoppers can pick up microflora and yeast that can alter the flavour of your final product.

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Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Grasp a cork stopper with a pair of tongs.

Dip the cork in the boiling water four times, holding each dip for 5 seconds.

Place the cork on a clean surface and allow it to drip dry.

Use the cork while it is still soft from boiling. It will be easier to insert into the bottle.

Tip

Do not reuse old corks.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Tongs

About the Author

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.

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