Do you eat leftovers?

@Muslimah (811)
United States
January 22, 2007 3:44pm CST
I had a step-father who would NOT eat left-overs. I never knew why but he just didnt. I think leftovers are good ... some food taste better the next day.
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@MsRetro (249)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I've met people who don't, and that has always struck me as strange. I reheat a lot of leftovers as is, and also incorporate as many as I can into new meals such as casseroles, burritos and soups.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
22 Jan 07
me also. If i have some rice from the other day and i make some new chicken i'll heat up the rice to go with it ... no problem
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
23 Jan 07
me three! I reheat, recycle, reuse almost every bite of food. I hate wasting. And it can taste just as good, or better, the second time!
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@UmmZahid (324)
• United States
24 Jan 07
yea i agree plus money dont grow on trees.(wink**wink)
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@habichuelo (3101)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thats what im gonna do when i turn my computer off in a few moments!!!
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
ha! thanks for the comment
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@mdilan (803)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Hey habichuelo, us the "Puerto Ricans" do it all the time, LOL! I don't think it is something bad, as long as it has not been stored more than 24 hours.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
For me left-over is only good the following day...and no more after that. If I think what I cook is too much then I will directly freeze the rest of it. But the ones that went to the ref....it should be consumed the following day or no more.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks for the comment
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I am on his side, I don't really care for left overs. Some food does taste better the next day but the majority of it doesn't.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
22 Jan 07
yeh i guess but would you rather waste the food or eat it? he (my step-father) would want a new meal everyday.
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I would prefer a new meal every day. Since no one in my house really likes left overs unless it is certian foods we make enough for one meal.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yeh i try to make enough for one meal ... keeps me from wasting food.
@Rosy001 (363)
• South Africa
24 Jan 07
Well i hate wastage, so as far as possible i'll try and eat the leftovers. besides, as you say - some taste much better the next day. Like cold pizza and pasta from the night before. another aspect, so sinful to waste the food.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Very sinful to waste... thanks for the comment
@Rumple (301)
• South Africa
24 Jan 07
I must say im not a big fan of leftovers. I hardly ever eat the stuff. I do however have a cousin and sister who are seriously into leftovers. If there are any in the fridge it wont be there for long. Im not sure why i dont like leftovers, guess i just dont like the taste of it or maybe the fact that its cold puts me off. Im not one for cold food that is meant to be hot. Anyway... happy eating :P
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Thanks for the comment
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I personally am not a huge fan of left over's.. But I will still eat them.. Plus sometimes for me it all depends upon the left overs sometimes as well.. I know that every time we have left overs my spouse ends up taking them for lunch usually.. So they never go to waste quite honestly! We always make sure of that in our house.. I know that personally I usually cook to much that there are normally left overs.. It always ends up happening for some reason.. Though I don't feel it bothers anyone around the house.. I know that sometimes if I have left overs that I will use them to make something else.. And I've found some things can be kept much longer than others.. Sometimes though I will take the original dish & make it in to something different.. Like for example if I make roast beef.. The next day I will use that roast beef & make it in to a sandwich or make it in to a casserole.. I find sometimes when you have left overs that there is so much one could do with them instead of just throwing them out.. Plus I don't like throwing out our food especially since there are so many starving people out there.. I find it wrong to do this.. Sometimes also if I have to much left overs.. For example if I end up making to much soup.. I will then freeze it instead.. And then have it for another time so all I'd have to do is defrost the soup.. It makes it a lot easier on me then having to make more soup all over again from scratch.. In conclusion left overs are not a big deal for us around here.. I know that if we have left overs they will either be used the next day for a new recipe.. Or my other half will take them for lunch the next day.. They never go to waste that's for sure.. And I don't mind having to eat left overs every once in a while.. I'm not going to die or throw a hissy fit if I have to or anything.. haha.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Thank for the well tohught out comment
@UmmZahid (324)
• United States
24 Jan 07
lol i agree some things do taste better the next day, than the first day, not eating leftovers is weird its just human to eat them i guess lol.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Thanks for the comment
@Eisenherz (2909)
• Portugal
23 Jan 07
Well, what I look to do with left-overs is re-invent them. There's nothing like taking a bowl of left-over rice from the previous day, warm it up and fry it, then add some lemon juice over it and serve it with some nice fresh seafood or a good fish piece...I think left-overs should not be wasted, but taken into account for the next-day meals as it'll save you some cash at the end.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks for the meal idea.. Take care
@jahvo6 (623)
• Peru
23 Jan 07
I just hate eating leftovers, prefer fresh food think it´s healthier specially in summer I try to stay away of germs.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
i dont think unfresh food and leftovers are the same thing.... a leftover meal isnt bad until it goes bad (grows mold) and something that isnt fresh falls into this category. Thanks for the comment
@brimia (6582)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I agree. Some food does taste better the next day after flavors meld. I love leftovers...they keep me from having to cook every single night.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yes i like leftovers for the same reason. Thanks for the comment
@plantit1 (298)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I buy dinners with the intention of stretching them into more dinners. I save alot of money with that system and my husband has no problem eating leftovers. I also know of people who refuse to eat leftovers. I think its in the way they are raised.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
i love saving money. thanks for the comment
@Bee1955 (3884)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I love leftovers! To me, the food certainly tastes better when left stored correctly overnight. The flavors seem to connect better and makes it easier to go down to the stomach..
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
tahnks for the comment Bee ....Ma salaams
@catali0n (162)
• Niue
23 Jan 07
not actualy its a bit discusting
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks for your opinion
@charlazio (215)
• Italy
23 Jan 07
When i was a youngster living with my parents i hated "left-over night" it meant that dinner was going to be awful. i think this is because most of the left-overs were dishes that weren't really meant to be eaten the day after. some things just aren't any good reheated. for example, you've really got only one shot with pasta dishes, with a few exceptions like lasagna which magically gets better each day. Right now, I'm the left-over king. I pretty much find ways to reuse things or turn them into something else that is just as good as it was the first night. That always makes me feel really happy that i was able to turn "nothing" into something.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
well dont call leftovers "nothing" its still food. but i see what you mean. Thanks for the comment.
@weezy250m (1892)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, I eat leftovers. And I agree that some foods tastes better while time goes by. It expalins why some pickled or brewed foods tastes good and some are very healhy too.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yeh i never thought of it like that... thanks for the comment
@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
left overs - left over food even tastes great
yes we often eat left overs.. adn eys you are right i also do feel that left overs taste even good the next day the reason behind may be the ingredients may deeply co-operated and infused to release great flavour. Ya my brother is like your step father he is also dont like left overs...it is may psycological factor i guess.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks your the first to put why the leftovers taste better the next day.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Usually not. I just don't like the way some foods taste when they are re-heated. So I'm always careful to only make what I'm going to eat so that I'm not wasting any food.
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks for the comment
@vyaasrad (565)
• India
23 Jan 07
yes you are right some tastes good only the next day
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@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
thanks for the comment
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i'm okay with eating leftovers. we always have a little something left after dinner, so instead of throwing it away, we freeze it overnight, and reheat it the following day.
@Muslimah (811)
• United States
23 Jan 07
yeh i have to start freezing my leftovers