Does your food taste better the next day, rather than the day you cooked it?

@cream97 (29166)
United States
October 2, 2008 5:31pm CST
This has happened a lot with me. When I cook the food it taste so good. But, when I go to eat it the next day, it tastes so much better. It is liked I recooked it all over again. Has this ever happened with you? Please share..
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@shell94 (990)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
There are some things that I make that definitely taste better the second day. My lasagna always tastes better after sitting the night. It was good the first day but seemed to absorb the spices and blended more while sitting in the refrigerator overnight.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
2 Oct 08
Yes, that is how I see it too! Thanks for responding!
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@toddsarm (766)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
yes some foods do
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• United States
2 Oct 08
some things just taste better the next day. chili is one of those things. in fact, they say you should make chili the day before you want to serve/eat it, leave it in the fridge all night, and reheat it the next day. letting it sit gives all the flavors and everything time to come together and soak in and it just tastes much better. but there are some things that aren't meant to be that way that just do. lol if i make mac and cheese and have leftovers, they always seem to taste better reheated. :) i don't know what it is!
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• United States
3 Oct 08
Yes definitely! I love pasta the next day, or any kind of a baked casserole. THe only thing i cant stand the next day, is steak, it gets to dried out, loses the juiciness and tenderness. Soup is good heated up the next day too.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I always make a big casserole, so that I will have leftovers. I love leftover casserole. Normally I will eat the leftovers for lunch the next day and they are great.
• United States
12 Oct 08
I dont eat anything that i ate the night before i always throw it out to the dogs so i actually dont know what that is like. I think i tryed it once and i was horriable so i never done it again and so i always cook every night and never eat anything that i had the ngiht before.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Oct 08
left overs - do taste better the next day
Yes it does all the time and the reason for this is because the food has had more time to flavor itself and each other of the ingredients. Like tonight I made chili and we have plenty left over and will eat some tomorrow night and even though it tasted great tonight it'll taste even better tomorrow night. I knew of a couple who cooked their meals the night before for this very reason. They'd eat dinner and the wife would clean up and cook the next nights meal and then put it in the fridgerater for the next day and do the same thing all over again day after day.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
11 Oct 08
yes i had that taste too.because the spice is working well til next day just like we marinate for barbecue right?its always good taste for the nest day.
• United States
10 Oct 08
I usually cook my spaghetti sauce the day before and let the sauce soak into the meat, then I just heat it up while I cook the pasta, its my little secret. When we go out my kids wont order spaghetti because it never tastes as good as mine does. Pizza doesn't have the same effect. Chili is better the second day too.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yes, I like pizza reheated rather than the day I get it lol
@andak2007 (3229)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
i really hate repeats of the food i eat and i do not usually eat leftovers from last night's dinner..but in the case of fish that was put in vinegar that is something else...paksiw na isda as we call it here in our place...cooked with vinegar, chili pepper and garlic..tastes actually better the next day and the stenchy and smelly of the fish is gone already...and it tastes even better with fried rice in garlic...and you add the coffee in the morning then my breakfast is complete.
• United States
4 Oct 08
some things do,pasta in particular.it has more time to absorb flavor overnight, so it often tastes better.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
4 Oct 08
usually my mums cooking tastes better the next day.mine is never good on day 1,dont ask about day 2.lol.
• India
4 Oct 08
Ya it is true.Dishes like kidney beans and chicken I have observed do tastte better the next day when the flavors are well blended and all ingredients give out their best.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
4 Oct 08
Hello cream. Yeah, some of the food tastes better if we consume it in the next meal. Take bitter gourd for example. It is such a food that tastes better in the next meal.
@ecogal (522)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I think it depends on the food. For example anything with Alfredo sauce I will not eat the next days becuase the ingredients sperate and sort of curdle. But I will eat potatoe salad the next day because the ingredients get a chance to blend flavors even more.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Oh yes, this has always been true. The spices have had time to do their thing and set in everything and the meal taste oh so much better the next day. Even my husband has said this many times.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
3 Oct 08
[i]Hi cream, hmm...Sometimes, I have that feeling! But, I don't cook often..Hubby does and when he cooked, I always eat a lot..LOL! ANyway, I remember in my single years living with my Parents, we always experienced that and having left over of something special will always excite us by the following day![/i]
@ms1323 (259)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I find most pastas definitely taste better the next day. They are like little sponges that soak up all that yummy sauce and spices! For other foods I always wonder; is it that it really tastes better or is it that I've had a chance to get away from it (after cooking and tasting it) and am better able to appreciate the blends???
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
3 Oct 08
I am not really a big leftover eater but I have to admit that some things that are spicy have a tendency to taste better after they have had time to absorb it all.
• United States
3 Oct 08
It depends on the dish. I've found that some things taste great reheated, while some leftovers are fantastic cold. Also, I like to transform leftovers into new dishes, so I get a lot of mileage out of a dish.