Could We Just Skip the Fridge and Put it Straight into the Garbage?

@paigea (22189)
Canada
June 20, 2016 1:23pm CST
I thought of my late father asking that question today. I found some "furry" left overs in the fridge and, as I emptied the container into the compost, I was thinking back. Once as we were cleaning up after a big family gathering, with lots of food leftover, my father said, "Why don't we just throw it all out now instead of putting it into containers and waiting for it to go bad in the fridge?" My mom was very organized at using leftovers actually but invariable something is forgotten and goes bad in the fridge, so he had a point. And he was the one who would end up dumping the container the following week.
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@DianneN (77810)
• United States
21 Jun 16
There is always something, somewhere in the fridge that needs tossing. I've said the same thing as your dad, but my husband seems to be a human garbage can.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
Very true that there seems to always be something that is at least questionable in the fridge. Sometimes we buy groceries for meal then end up eating out.
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@DianneN (77810)
• United States
21 Jun 16
@paigea Lol! We do, too. Shopping is exhausting!
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
@DianneN it's very hard to plan and buy just the right amount.
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@sol_cee (15331)
• Japan
21 Jun 16
Our dads always make sense. lol
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
He had a point all right. I didn't enjoy dumping that furry container today!
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@sol_cee (15331)
• Japan
21 Jun 16
@paigea i dreamt about that furry container! lol
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• United States
20 Jun 16
I try not to have leftovers and most times that works out fine.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
20 Jun 16
I love leftovers to take for lunch. But sometimes I miss them!
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• United States
20 Jun 16
@paigea If I cook garden veggies then we will have leftovers, but other than that I try to avoid it. My husband isn't big on leftovers.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
20 Jun 16
@AbbyGreenhill neither is my husband. I find them handy for lunch. He makes his own lunch
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jun 16
Funny isn't it? If you put in back in the fridge you're not wasting it then, when it has to go out, you feel okay about it.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
Yes it is a convoluted way for something to end up in the trash anyway.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jun 16
@paigea Yes but you don't have a guilty conscience for wasting food. :)
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
@JudyEv I read an article about how much food Canadians throw away every year. It was millions of dollars worth and a lot of it is produce that went bad before it even got used at all! So now I feel guilty every time I waste any. I feel less guilty about my own garden produce getting wasted, but that still makes me feel guilty because of all the work that goes into growing it; mostly by my husband.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
23 Jun 16
My hubby is the chef and organizes the fridge, I'd be willing to bet he never has thrown anything away...He cooks about two days a week and the rest is using up the leftovers and its always delicious... You mentioning your Dad made my heart ache for a moment missing mine...He's been gone for a long time but I still see him in the kitchen...
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
23 Jun 16
Your husband is very organized. My mom was much like that 'cooking with a plan to use the extra up. But after a big family get together too much went into the fridge. We always see our loved ones as we go about our life.
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• Canada
24 Jun 16
I agree@paigea
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@RubyHawk (24949)
• Atlanta, Georgia
21 Jun 16
That makes sense if you aren't going to use it.. I seldom have anything go bad, but sometimes it happens.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
You must be very organized in your kitchen!
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@RubyHawk (24949)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 Jul 16
@paigea I think so, I use up any leftovers quickly.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
21 Jun 16
I remember my father saying the same and my Mom was not very good with the leftovers.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
My mom was very good with leftovers overall when we were growing up. But for the two of them, there would be too much to use up after a big family gathering.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
21 Jun 16
@paigea We had leftovers mainly during the Christmas holidays, when all the family met for the dinner.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25675)
• United States
23 Jun 16
I do my very best to utilize all leftovers.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
23 Jun 16
I do too. And that is why I feel so bad when I miss something.
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@SIMPLYD (79498)
• Philippines
22 Jun 16
I can relate with your father . Since my hubby and i are on weekdays are at work , we don't know what are the leftovers at the fridge which my mother-in-law no matter how little they maybe would put in a container and forget about it when mealtime comes . Thus , on weekdays when i clean the fridge i would be taking out lots of containers containing left-overs and have them given to the dogs instead . At least our local dogs will be too happy to eat them .
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
22 Jun 16
I see I am not the only one with a fridge like that.
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@gr8nana6 (2194)
• United States
21 Jun 16
I have forgotten leftovers way in back and by the time I found them they were really bad and smelly. Your Dad had a point there though, lol.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
He had a point and I was reminded of it yesterday.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
21 Jun 16
We have food go bad too often in the fridge. My husband is better at eating leftovers than I am. I just need to get better at cooking less.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
Cooking less is a big part of it!
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@mom210 (6762)
• Atlanta, Georgia
21 Jun 16
There is always the unlabeled, forgotten little bowl in the back. Bummer, it was usually something really good too.
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@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
Yes, this particular dish was a sort of a pesto I had made!
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@salonga (27993)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
I also sometimes forget leftovers and when I do I really feel bad because I hate it when food is wasted.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
I know, I hate the waste. I need a system to get it all used while it's still good.
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@salonga (27993)
• Philippines
22 Jun 16
@paigea I think you need more mouths to eat the leftovers.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
22 Jun 16
@salonga only if they lived here. When visitors come we make new food.
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• United States
6 Jul 16
When I get food from my parents, we tell them not to give us much or else it'll end up in the trash also!
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Yes, it is a challenge to not make too much sometimes.
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• United States
6 Jul 16
@paigea Yes I take enough food only. I don't want extras because I know I won't finish it.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
@infatuatedbby We try hard not to waste.
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@bunnybon7 (36428)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jun 16
I will have to remember to say that one to my daughter. as her bf wastes more food that way. enough to feed another family. she fixes him or buys a big plate of food and he takes one bite, then puts it in the fridge! never to be touched again
@bunnybon7 (36428)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jun 16
can't tell you how mad that makes me when I pay for the majority of food here
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
28 Jun 16
@bunnybon7 I can imagine. I try hard not to waste food. But some leftovers seem to get forgotten and then they go bad
@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
23 Aug 16
I have at least one "science project" in my fridge even as I type these words.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
23 Aug 16
I know how that goes!
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• United States
9 Jul 16
Yes, I have done that before. it's worse to clean the furry mess so I have been known to just throw the container out as well.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
9 Jul 16
I have thrown out a few containers instead of recycling them.
8 Jul 16
you remind me i need to get up and clean out my messy fridge. :-)
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
8 Jul 16
Yes, that job keeps coming up over and over.
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@jstory07 (66907)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Jul 16
That would sure save a step by throwing in right in the trash. I always eat all f my left overs. They are good the second time around.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
2 Jul 16
They are good the second time around. Some times they just get forgotten somehow.
@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
28 Jun 16
A wise man! I've currently got a dish in the back of my fridge that has green fur. But I can't make myself mess with it. I need the dish, but it's so gross...I'm procrastinating.
@paigea (22189)
• Canada
28 Jun 16
I know, I do that too. I am trying to use up some leftovers while they are still good. My husband does not help me!
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