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I love left overs!!!!

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My late grandma and her 2 daughters (my aunts) will never touch leftovers. Even though they are still highly edible. My Mom considers them very wasteful. I don't understand them though, my Mom is a very good cook and they don't know how to cook well, if I were in their place, I wouldn't mind my Mom's leftovers as it sure tastes better than their cooking!



 
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My cousin is married to a man who won't eat leftovers. I find it really immature and high-maintenance. He is very wealthy and quite entitled.

She is a gourmet cook who uses great ingredients. Her leftovers are probably better than just about anything else you could eat. I would take them any day!

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I know of people who won't eat leftovers, never really met anyone who cant.

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And you would be talking about me in this thread.....Used to be I didn't eat any type of leftover but after 23 years of marriage I eat leftovers but not meat.....chicken and turkey okay but not meat...freaks me out a little and doesn't taste as fresh to my spoiled taste buds....Then again I could eat oatmeal 3 times a day and not worry about it!



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Because of the way I prepare food (i don't heat anything), leftovers are par for the course. As some others posted, there are certain things that I won't eat left over-- pastas (haven't eaten pasta in years), lettuce (has to be fresh), and certainly fish when I do decide to heat something up has to be consumed that day.

most of my veggies are cut fresh but there are times I will combine things together and make excess so i don't have as much to prepare the next go round.

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I don't eat leftovers either I just cook enough so we don't have leftovers.it took me awhile to learn how much to cook so that we would not have left over but now I do so we really don't have them

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I happen to love leftovers and I hate wasting food. On the other hand, my husband of 29 years refuses to eat left overs (excluding pizza of course). He says its because all of his childhood meals were leftovers of some kind. They were feeding 8 children and 2 adults on an enlisted salary. I can't really fault him for that.

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I eat leftovers for lunch almost every day, and I hate the thought of wasting food. I grew up eating leftovers all the time. My husband, however, doesn't really like eating leftovers. He will, but not very often.



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depends on what it is. I have been on a 'do not throw away food' thing lately. Use it up or freeze it for later when possible.

I'm not fond of leftover fish (usually tends to be smelly when re-heated), but I have used cold, cooked fish in a tossed salad.

and if it's something I'm only marginal about the first time around, I sure as heck don't want to re-heat it! Former MIL use to make this awful dish and always send leftovers home with us. I could barely stomach it the first time...no way in HELL was I eating it on the second pass thru. It was macaroni noodles, mixed veggies, ground beef, and chopped tomatoes. I like the all ingredients, but combined it was AWFUL. And it looked like somebody had barfed up a school lunch on your plate. That was the only thing she made that I never could eat.

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Some things don't keep well and I won't eat these things as leftovers. But, so long as something keeps well, eating it leftover saves me work in making something the next day and I feel better not throwing it out because that seems wasteful. Sometimes, I specifically make extra of what I'm having for dinner in order to have leftovers for lunches.

I often make a big batch of something just so I can have it for lunches. If I don't eat any of it then and just portion it out for lunches and refrigerate or freeze is it still considered leftovers? If so, there's no way anyone who refused to eat leftovers would ever be able to have a lot of the things I have for lunch. I'd guess that hardly anyone has time to make, for example, homemade (using dried beans too) white chicken chili for lunch. Batch cooking and leftovers really expand my lunch options.



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Nothing better than cold pizza. We have leftovers all the time at my house, being a single mom of 2 daughters, I have to save money when I can.

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"If it weren't for leftovers, I'd never have lunches!"

DITTO!

I don't consider it "leftovers" as much as planned-ahead "pre-cooking." I purposely make extra chicken breasts on the bbq so that there is pre-cooked chicken available for sandwiches and salads. I boil extra potatoes at dinner so that there will be pre-chilled potatoes available for use in salad; i make extra rice on purpose so that I can make fried rice or rice pudding in the future. I make a large pot of soup, knowing the "leftover" soup always tastes better the next day anyways!

Not eating leftover is consigning oneself to FAR too much work.

As far as taking leftovers from pot-lucks or what have you - I have no qualms about doing so. Though, I wouldn't really bother right now, since I don't really *need* any extra food around my house! So it can go home with someone else for the time being.

The one person I know who won't eat leftovers, refuses to do so based on a childhood lacking in affluence, where leftovers were stretched and stretched... as an adult with the means to absorb the cost of "wasted food", he does... partly out of a lack of enjoyment of warmed-over meals and partly as a "status" thing (eating leftovers too reminiscent of growing up "poor").

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Years ago (when we first got married) my DH wouldn't eat leftovers. I think it mostly had to do with the way he was raised-- there were a bunch of people in the household and money was tight, so there never was anything leftover; any meal was cooked "fresh" and every last bit of it got eaten. His sister even stabbed him in the hand with a fork once, over the last biscuit. (You can't hardly see the scar any more.)

I was raised totally different. There usually weren't a lot of leftovers, but my mom never threw food away. We ate it til it was gone and then we moved on to eating something else.

Over the years, I've gotten DH used to eating leftovers. I try to skip a day before serving the leftover stew or soup or whatever again. While I totally agree that I wouldn't eat wilted salad or anything else that didn't keep well-- some things actually taste better when they're left over and not eaten the day they were cooked. The flavors meld a bit or something. I have a recipe for chili that is much better left over.

And if we went to a cook out and the host offered for me to take home a couple left over burgers and some potato salad-- I'd do it. I don't reckon I'd ask for the food, but if it was offered I wouldn't say no. That'd be lunch for a couple days. I view it not as "begging" or anything-- to me, it's eliminating waste. At Thanksgiving, I always offer some of the leftovers to the people who came for dinner. I hate to see food thrown away. Animals have died, farmers have worked hard to plant, grow, and harvest the crops, someone spent time and effort (and money) to shop for this stuff and prepare it. It should be eaten and enjoyed.

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If it weren't for leftovers, I'd never have lunches!

My late husband was one who very rarely would eat leftovers. The only exceptions were leftover steak (he'd have it in a sandwich the next day) or pizza (which he'd eat cold). After a couple of years (yeah, ok, I'm not the swiftest bunny in the meadow...) I figured out that I might as well just throw out any leftovers that I wasn't going to eat myself.

My current partner, on the other hand, makes life *really* easy: just so long as someone calls it "food", he'll eat it. It's common for us to have a stir-fry or casserole or any side-dish two nights in a row, just changing up the protein or sauce. This also makes it easy to stop when we're full, since neither of us has any issue with popping the rest of our plate in to the fridge to have later.

It's wonderful to not have the pressure of planning just the right quantities for one meal, or worrying about the wastefulness of throwing things out. Besides - there are so many things that taste better when they've had the chance to "mingle" for a while!

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I come from a family (and maybe from a culture) where hosting a proper meal means there's at least as much left at the end as you really would have needed at the beginning. If any dish gets finished, that means you didn't make enough. Since wasting food is a sin, *everybody* eats leftovers.

I actually kind of think of those family dinners as being co-op batch cooking. Every family member brings a dish that's enough for a couple of meals, you pool them for one meal, and then you divide up the leftovers so nobody has to cook for the next day or two.

And still, if I go to a potluck, I make about twice as much as I expect people to eat just because I'd be embarrassed if it ran out. I usually don't bring anything home, though, so I guess there are plenty of people who don't mind taking leftovers!





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Some things I just will not eat leftover. Wilty green salads, any fish (because it starts smelling fishy when left over), and cooked veggies like green beans or asparagus, however I will eat leftover brussel sprouts (go figure). Casseroles, desserts, soups, meats and most other foods are fine. Most foods, I try to just make enough of for the meal so that I don't have leftovers, but there are some things like potato and pasta casseroles that I actually make more of so there are leftovers. It all depends on how much I like a food in the first place.

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I don't feel repulsed by them or anything, but I typically don't eat leftovers. I do portion control in my own cooking and freeze fresh portions for every meal. The only time I take restaurant leftovers in a little box is if I don't want to hurt the proprietor's feelings (I usually eat in restaurants where I know the owner personally) or just to avoid discussion. I end up discarding these because I don't want them. I just don't take leftovers home if I eat as a guest somewhere. There is no negative reason for this, just the way I do things.

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Yesterday got me thinking about this; my gf had a house picnic and we made hot dogs and hamburgers, baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, dip, asparagus, strawberry crčme pie and other stuff.

Later, I helped wrap them up and put them away and even asked if I could take some back to my place since no one else seemed to want them and my gf said ok, no problem.

So then I was thinking back to the days when I was with someone who was REPULSED at the idea of eating leftovers, she said she likened it to begging for food because only poor homeless people would eat someone else's left over food. The left overs from the picnic that I was wrapping up was not from anyone's plate.

Then I got to wondering if there are other folks who felt this way about not wanting to eat leftovers for any reason.

Do you know anyone who refuses to consume leftovers?

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