Do you cook enough to have leftovers

@gtdonna (1740)
June 17, 2008 7:42am CST
When you cook for lunch do you cook enough so that there will be leftovers? In Italy we cook just enough for lunch and then cook again for dinner...but in other countries I have chanced to reside in, we cook so that there are leftovers. The habit of cooking so that some is left over is because in our culture it is said that since you never know who may come visitingduring the day, you should alwasy have something in the pot in case they are hungry. What about you?
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
18 Jun 08
no it is not like taht. whenever we cook in home, w ecook within our mans. its not possible to cook so much taht everytime there are leftovers. we can't afford so.
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• India
18 Jun 08
I'm a good Cook. I often cook food more than enough. Hence some food will be leftover.
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@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
18 Jun 08
I always try to make enough that we can have seconds and enough that my daughter can stop in and eat (we don't always know). Then we almost always have enough that I make small platters up - when I'm working, I take them for lunch the next day. If my daughter stops by, she can heat and eat one or take it for HER lunch the next day. But, almost always, yes, leftovers are planned.
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@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
17 Jun 08
oh yes... i always cook to have leftovers because i don't want to cook too many times... i work full time and i am very tired when i get home from work... so i want to have my dinner straight away instead of having to cook first before i can eat... also, when i am too lazy to cook on a certain day, i want to make sure that i have food in the fridge to eat instead of having to go out and spend money to eat... take care and have a nice day...
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@Nana530 (286)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Due to my health I don't cook much anymore, but when I used to do all the cooking, I would fix a lot so I would have leftovers for the next day or freeze it for a day when I didn't want to cook. It really comes in handy sometimes to have a meal in the freezer and just be able to heat it up for dinner. I hardly ever cooked for lunch. We usually had soup or sandwiches for lunch and then I would cook supper. We used to go fishing a lot after my husband got off from work and fish until dark. So it really was nice to be able to come in and just heat up a nice meal.
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@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
18 Jun 08
This is the way my menu goes for a week.On Sunday I will cook two different meats.One will be for Sunday lunch and dinner.The other will be for Mondays supper.Tuesdays I will make sopmething simple like a pasta or a casserole that there wont be leftovers for the following day.On Wednesday I will cook two different meals again at the same time,enough for Wednesday night and Thursday night.Friday will usually be burgers of hot dogs.Saturdays we will have something simple again,nuggets and macaroni mostly.I am not into spending every evening in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove,lol.As long as my kids dont starve Im happy.
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@cncoke (439)
• China
18 Jun 08
Yes!I often cook enough so that there is leftovers.But I know afterwards that leftover does human no good.So I try my best not to cook leftovers.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
18 Jun 08
We cook often at home, and we try and cook enough for each meal, so that we will finish up the food without any leftovers. Since it is within our control, we can always plan for and prepare fresh dishes for each meal. We enjoy our meals better that way. The only times we cook more are if we make things like curry, because we buy the fresh paste and ingredients for curry and each time the amount purchased can last us more than one meal. We hardly have visitors who come over for a meal, so we don't have to cater food for any kind of unplanned visits.
• United States
19 Jun 08
We often have leftovers in our house, but I have yet to figure out how to properly store or save the left overs so that they would be worthing of serving to guests!
@gtdonna (1740)
19 Jun 08
Well it all depends on what you cook. Some dishes, must be used instantly or couple hours later like creamed potatoes...others if you have a good air tight container (think rubbermaid), you can put each dish seperately inside and then into the fridge. I normally only keep leftovers until the next door.
• Cyprus
17 Jun 08
I always cook that there is something left over. My wife is going to job during day and I am working from home. So for dinner I am preparing the food and usually I am cooking as much that we have something left over for the next day lunch. It is just to save time and have some nice food in this short lunch break.
@gtdonna (1740)
18 Jun 08
a man that cooks, how nice. I'm sure your wife look forward to your dishes.
@peavey (16588)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I live alone and don't cook all the time, sometimes just eating sandwiches or something like that. When I cook, I cook enough for several meals. It saves money as well as time.
@gtdonna (1740)
18 Jun 08
Not really a big fan of sandwiches, so even when it's just me alone, I would normally do a meal, but yep, thats a money saver especially if you don't have many mouths to feed.
@tonibabe (189)
17 Jun 08
sometimes i will make sure there are left overs as my husband like to have them for supper but i try to cook just enough most of the time! nothing goes in the bin tho with a husband and 3 dogs :)
@gtdonna (1740)
18 Jun 08
Those dogs are well fed *smile* My mother use to say the best food is the leftovers :)
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I am not a real big fan of having leftovers in the fridge so usually only make enough for one meal, since we rarely have visitors or anything like that to worry about. Though there are some things, like chili, that i will make more of to have enough to eat the next day because it is so good!
@gtdonna (1740)
18 Jun 08
Yep some foods you do want to be sure that you make more than enough so you can enjoy some again the next day. Now you make me want to go cook some chili *smile*
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I don't cook for my family, my mom does. She always cooks enough for leftovers. We used to have six people in our family and she's used to cooking for that many people. One of my brothers has moved out completely and the other brother spends most of his time at his girlfriends house...yet my mom still cooks the same amount as she used to. Plus, it makes for a cheap easy lunch the next day. We just warm up our leftovers from dinner the night before.
@gtdonna (1740)
18 Jun 08
there's nothing like mamma home cooking *smile*
@cncoke (439)
• China
19 Jun 08
I often cook not enough to have leftovers. If the meal is not enough, I will cook it again.I seldem cooked enough to have leftovers. It is exactly said that how much we want to eat, as we cook.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
I live alone so I usually make enough to have 3 or 4 meals out of a batch of cooking. Sometimes I freeze a couple so i can have some variety by taking other types of frozen meals ive made out previously. Otherwise for lunches I tend to eat a lot of wraps or soups. I'm not fond o sandwiches. I also go visit my parents and eat with them when They are expecting me.
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I always make sure that there are leftovers. My husband works evenings and I never know how hungry he is going to be when he gets home. I also try to make some extra to eat the next day for lunch, and my husband likes to take leftovers to work to eat as well. So I usually have lots of leftovers. Luckily there is very little that we actually throw out.
• United States
17 Jun 08
We always cook to have leftovers. Sometimes this is a bad idea of course because we never eat all of the food that we cook, but it does come in handy sometimes when we don't feel like cooking anything else. However we always end up with only little bits of leftovers and it really never amounts to anything. We tend to give these to my mother for her lunches when she goes to work.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
17 Jun 08
There are many times when I will make more at dinner time so that there are some left overs. I pack the leftovers up for my husband's lunch the next day.