Food should not be wasted

@syoti20 (5295)
Philippines
September 3, 2011 7:18pm CST
Eating left overs is not a bad idea nor should be considered as gross. For many people considered this as bad idea. Let me straighten things ups. Left overs is not a bad idea if you just store the food properly and timely. You can avoid bacteria and contamination of the food. This should not be treated as gross. Why? because you the person who eat last night. But in case you like to share it with somebody else. Before hand you must used serving spoons. To avoid healthy problem or passing a certain disease. I know many people already knows this. But I will repeat it again. Many countries has food problem. You should be lucky you don't belong to starving country. So don't order if you can eat them all in the same day.
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@sjvg1976 (18368)
• Delhi, India
4 Sep 11
Hello Jyoti, I don't like people who throw away food or waste food. People should have an idea what quantity they require to fulfill their hunger and should carry that amount only. This is pathetic that still there are lot of poor people in the world who don't earn much to have 2 time meals and there are some who have plenty of money and ability to waste food. Recently i have gone to the discussion which is about wastage of food and just cried many times and still cry whenever i see it.Please find below the link: {Not a referral link} http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2482885.aspx
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
I agree we should hate people left overthrowers
@Amanda81587 (3046)
• United States
4 Sep 11
I absolutely love eating left overs. I have no problem with this at all. When I make spaghetti my boyfriend and I prefer it better then next day so we can fry it in a pan with some butter. Very yummy. I also love many foods cooked a second time, no food is wasted in our household because there are people in other countries that are starving and this would not be fair to my conscious.
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Fry Spaghetti? I haven't seen one like that before.
@Keola12 (717)
• United States
4 Sep 11
I agree with everything you state in your article. It is a good idea to eat left overs. My family and I eat left overs often. This is especially true, considering that like everything else, food costs go up all over the world. Food should be treated like a precious commodity. It's important for everyone to show appreciation and respect for food, by consuming whatever is in our plates. But if for any reason I cannot eat it all, then I store it in a container that seals tightly, and put it into a refrigerator. If I go out with my family and friends to eat at a restaurant, and I can't finish eating the food that is in my plate, then I usually ask the waitress or waiter for a carry out box, so that I can take my food home, store it in me refridgerator and have later that same night, or I can eat it the next day. If I go to a buffet restaurant, I put a small portion of food on my plate and finish it. If I feel hungry to go for a 2nd trip up to the buffet, I again take a small portion of food, to be certain I'll be able to finish it and the food doesn't go to waste. Where I live, the buffet restaurants do not allow customers to take food home with them.
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
You are wise my friend. I hope all people have a style in keeping left overs.
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
My parents, taught me to always finish what is in my plate and be thankful to what is served on the table. On a buffet, they always tell me to get only what I can eat. I am happy that my husband also have the same upbringing and we both know the importance of food. We don't throw left overs and as the one cooking, I try to make only what will be enough for the night. I feel bad when I see people throwing out their food when it can still be served for the next day or maybe made into another recipe. There are so many people in the world who are starving and throwing the food is not good. Food are blessings and we should give importance to it.
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Its good to know that those essential trait is still alive in you. Many people nowadays forgotten the value of food. For sure those traits will be passed to your kids. Good job pbbbsra!
@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
4 Sep 11
Agreed.In my house we cook food that lasts for 3 days we put it in the refrigerator then heat it up to eat. Also when I go to an "all you can eat buffet" I usually come home with food that I couldn't finish so I bring it home and put it in the refrigerator and eat it the next day. I dont like wasting food if I paid for it im eating it.
• China
4 Sep 11
not to be waste is a kind of tradition in China , not because we are pool ,it's that if we waste too much ,our offsprings will have nothing left. So I agree with you. Packing after dinner is appropriate .
• Canada
4 Sep 11
I enjoy eating some leftovers as flavors tend to show up more after allowing the food to set. Though this idea may not apply to all food, the foods I tend to eat results to this. For example, a lot of people actually enjoy eating cold pizza, or day old pizza, without even reheating through the microwave. I agree, left over foods should not be put away or disregarded. However, one must know to properly put away left over foods, so that they do not go bad the next day. With proper technique you may call it, when putting away food, left overs can always be enjoyed. As you mentioned, many countries suffer from food deprivation, therefore people should be more considerate and appreciate what they have. Hopefully one day we can feed everyone in the world (because we can), it is stated that if all the food in the world was shared, everyone can meet the minimum of 2000 calories (more I believe) each day.
@thetis74 (1525)
4 Sep 11
I also do love eating cold pizza. It is a switch from eating the hot one. I just had cold sweet potato that I boiled yesterday afternoon. And it tastes better than the hot one. Hehe.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
5 Oct 11
Thanks for bringing up a very good point. I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with leftovers. I used to eat them all the time. In fact, when I make a soup now, I eat it until it is all gone. Most of the time I finish meals in one sitting, but when I don't I eat the leftovers the next day. Have a great week!!!
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Hi! I agree with you. I cook my own meals, so I know the importance of food and its corresponding costs. But of course, I value food as something essential to life. That's why I have great respect for food. And there's nothing wrong with me eating left-overs. Sometimes when there's a lot of occasions and friends bring food and the fridge is really packed up, I share food. Then when the food is about to get bad, good thing I've got pets too.
@mspitot (3833)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
I agree! We should consume every bit of food that we have cause it is an indication that you are luckier than those who can't eat even left overs or spoiled food due to poverty.
@cream97 (29167)
• United States
8 Sep 11
Hi, syoti20. I agree that food should not be wasted at all. In my household, I implement this to my children as much as possible. I eat leftovers all of the time, just as long as the food is still fresh and delicious. I also make sure that my food is stored in the appropriate containers and dishes so that they are fresh and eatable for the next day too. Eating leftovers is not gross at all. I never see it as being this way at all.
@cream97 (29167)
• United States
8 Sep 11
Hi, syoti20. I agree that food should not be wasted at all. In my household, I implement this to my children as much as possible. I eat leftovers all of the time, just as long as the food is still fresh and delicious. I also make sure that my food is stored in the appropriate containers and dishes so that they are fresh and eatable for the next day too. Eating leftovers is not gross at all. I never see it in being this way at all.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
8 Sep 11
My family is always eating left over food from the night food, or leftovers from lunch, to dinner. There's nothing unhygenic or gross since it's within the family.. haha ON top of that, my mom may be lazy to cook twice a day, so it's normal for her to cook a lot for lunch, and rest of it can be served for dinner too.. haha
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
7 Sep 11
i agree. and we are such very lucky that we still have food on our table. there are so many people starving. and if we have left overs from restaurant dining, let the waiter pack them and we can share it to the poor. at least for a time, we do good deeds.
@agent807 (721)
• United States
6 Sep 11
For me, I don't have leftovers anymore. It is not that I throw food out (I actually get sad to see good food being pitched), but I have been eating so much lately with my monster appetite, that nothing stays overnight, unless I make a lot of it to have for the next day, and that amount might look like it was made for a family. Thanks to my appetite, my refrigerator gets cleaned out once a week.
• Mexico
6 Sep 11
Hi syoti: I agree with you. In fact when there are left overs in my house we just keep them in the refrigerator for the night or next day. If we know how to pack the food and it's in good conditions is not ok to think about is as trush. At the same time I think that hotels and restaurants should give the food that can't be stored to the poors instead of waste it. ALVARO
@savypat (20246)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I have found that for many people that come from other countries, leftovers are just not acceptable. I think it may be because it is more difficult for them to safely store them where they come from. I often make a large pot of stew or beans and we will eat it for several days. Of course we never eat directly from the pot, food from the pot is served onto a dish or bowl, now if that food is not eaten it's either given to the animals or thrown away. I do also heat leftovers to the boiling point just to be extra safe.
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I like the way you put that. I personally am very much against wasting food and I actually like leftovers better than the original a lot of the time. In addition to having sensitivity toward less fortunate people, I think we all need to respect the labor of the people who grew or raised the food as another reason not to waste it.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I agree. We hardly ever waste food. If we have leftovers, we take it to have for lunch. Some of it is good reheated and some not.
• United States
4 Sep 11
I personally agree with I myself am always putting away left overs. Normally during the week when I cook dinner I try to make enough so that we can all take some left overs for lunch the next day. I don't find it to be gross, if you do it properly. I don't think there is nothing wrong with eating left overs.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
4 Sep 11
It is well said that food should not be wasted. I never waste food so long as it is edible. If we cannot finish it, we can also keep it in the refrigerator and it will last longer. In a restaurant, I don't like to order more than I can eat, but enough that I can finish eating. Thank you for your good discussion.