Ever had trouble looking for your corkscrew when you needed it the most? Did someone give you a bottle of wine, but you don’t want to buy a corkscrew just to open it? Luckily, there are a few things like sharp knifes in your household that you can use to open a wine bottle. Here are some of the ways you can open a wine bottle without a corkscrew.
Use your Shoe
Your shoes just aren’t made for walking; they can also be used to conveniently open a wine bottle. Remove the wrapping around the cork and then put the wine bottle inside the shoe. Whack the shoe containing the bottle against a solid wall until the cork loosens and inches its way out.
Chef knives can also be used to take the cork off your wine bottle. After removing any foil covering, stick the edge of the cork with a knife and twist the knife slowly and carefully. Continue turning and pulling the knife up until the cork is popped halfway out. When it is loose enough to be pulled by hand, take out the knife and stab it on the side of the cork. Twist and turn it until the cork is taken out.
Unlock it with Your Car Keys
If you brought some wine during your picnic but you forgot to bring a corkscrew, your car keys can be used as an alternative. Simply push the key halfway into the cork at a 45-degree angle. Wiggle the cork by pushing the key upwards in circular motions. The cork will eventually loosen upwards and pop off the bottle.
Popping the cork off the wine bottle with a hammer is also possible but not by literally hitting the bottle and breaking it. To avoid the glass from shattering, you will need a screw. Twist the screw into the cork and with the back of the hammer, you can now yank the cork together with the screw.
Having a party with your friends in the garage but don’t have a corkscrew to open up your bottle of wine? If you have a bicycle pump near you, you can use it to pop up the cork. Stick the pump into the cork and start pumping. The air pressure placed into the cork will allow the cork to fly out of the wine bottle.
Use a String
Stringing the cork out of the wine bottle is similar to the hammer method. Grab any long, skinny metal such as a screwdriver and drill it into the cork. Tie a string or rope at the end of the metal, and then shove the entire thing into the cork. Once you feel that it is tightly in place, pull the string as if you are trying to yank out the metal. The force will carry the cork with it.
If you don’t want to drill a hole in the cork, you can simply tie a figure-8 knot and insert it into the bottle’s neck. Tilt the bottle to create enough space to let the string with the knot slip under the cork. Pull the string hard enough for the knot to bring the cork with it.
Hopefully, with these tips, you can enjoy your wine even if your wine bottle opener is missing in action.