Ever had the problem of undrunk beer sitting round wastefully in bottles, cans or glasses after a house party? Sigh. It’s flat, warm and disgusting. You could play a hearty round of morning-after beer roulette, the thrilling game where if you find a half-empty vessel, you challenge someone to rock-scissors-paper and the winner downs it in one (possible floating cigarette butt and all).

But here’s the beer problem solved more efficiently—waste not, want not. Here are some creative and unexpected uses for old beer that folks came up with in Japan!

▼Beer in Japan often comes in the form of a large bottle for the whole table, which is served out into each person’s glass.

Image by Tatsuo Yamashita

Firstly, it’s worthwhile noting that the problem of left-over beer is more a Japanese problem—if you’re having a large party, beer in Japan is found in large communal bottles which are poured out into small glasses for each person, rather than in individual cans or bottles. I’m not really suggesting that you re-use dregs of beer that have been backwashed by your buddies. Ew, goobies. Hygiene please! But if you have some relatively innocent and untouched flat beer sitting around, here are some things you can do…

1) Beer left-overs for cleaning

So, you’re looking around at the ruins of your house, beer may be splashed on every wall, and now you can use the remaining beer for cleaning? Really?? Perfect. I love that beer smell.

The alcohol (and possibly vitamin E) in beer removes grease. Wet a cloth or paper towel with leftover beer, and you may be able to remove grease and oil stains, including stains on flooring or windows that won’t come off with water. Some say you can rub it on wooden furniture with a cloth to get it looking good. But definitely spot-check first before you put beer everywhere!

▼As in many countries all over the world , beer is well-loved in Japan.

Image by Tatsuo Yamashita

2) Use old beer in cooking

Soaking in beer can tenderize tough meat. Also, you’ve probably heard of beer-battered fish and chips, but have you heard of beer-battered tempura or fritters? Beer evaporates more easily than water, and may even turn into little crunchy bubbles when deep-fried because of the carbonation.

You could use beer in Japanese hot pot dish sukiyaki in place of old-fashioned rice wine sake, or use it to pickle cucumber! Just mix slices of cucumber with a little sugar, salt and beer in a plastic bag and leave them for half a day.

3) Give it to your plants

Feed me, Seymour!!! Even if your house plant isn’t as rapacious as the one from the Little Shop of Horrors, it may enjoy a tipple. The acid in beer can kill fungi and insect pests (or at least get them drunk and make them easier to kill), while the sugar content provides the plant with nutrition.

However, make sure your plant consumes in moderation. Don’t apply too much beer directly to leaves or roots, and dilute with water if you’re pouring it over leaves. It’s probably better dribbled sparingly into the soil.

4) Kill slugs

Slugs love beer. They also love munching on pretty much everything in your garden, or sometimes just wandering around the kitchen or bathroom leaving disgusting slimy trails in their wake. So what better way to lure them to their doom than with their favourite drink – of which you just happen to have some that you’re not in need of? Put some old beer in a saucer and fill it with intoxicated, drowned slugs as they’re drawn to its pleasing aroma. Mwahahaha!!

With alternative uses like these, there’s no excuse for wasting undrunk beer. Cheers to the holiday season!

Source: Naver Matome
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