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ATGOALWT Posts: 90
10/2/14 12:46 A

Soups and some casseroles taste best on day three when all the flavors have a chance to combine and marry each other. An acquaintance of mine has been married 30 years and has made dinner every single night of those years as her husband refuses to eat leftovers. I don't get it.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (597,995)
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10/1/14 11:56 P

I love most leftovers.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (319,606)
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10/1/14 10:08 P

love them

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
10/1/14 9:55 P

I love them but I heard that they give you more gas/digestive problems

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10/1/14 8:45 P

I am one who usually prepares how much I am going to want for my husband and I. Sometimes I purposely make more, with the intent of having enough for more than one meal.
But I most certainly will eat leftovers (not wilted lettuce though, or anything that does not look good or seems spoiled).

One of my step-daughters won't eat them and neither will her husband or children. They are the pickiest eaters I have ever seen and it is ridiculous. They waste money in many ways and it annoys me but I try not to focus on this as my step-DD has many good traits and I love her very much.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,272
10/1/14 7:14 P

I don't mind leftovers.

FOXGLOVE999 SparkPoints: (28,670)
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10/1/14 5:22 P

We're not big leftover people. My one son, who is currently away at college, will eat them, but I think he's just happy it's not dining hall food. Some leftovers get eaten some of the time, but for the most part, they get thrown out or fed to the dogs. Some things I batch cook and freeze, spaghetti sauce, soups etc., but we don't consider those leftovers. As the are defrosted and eaten on one night, not the same thing over the course of many days, I think that's what my family objects to, they don't want to eat the same thing over and over.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,781
10/1/14 12:10 P

If it were not for leftovers I would be overeating and eating the wrong food more often. I "batch" cook so when it is time to eat I will have a good choice.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
6/28/14 10:37 P

If it weren't for leftovers I'd probably never have lunch. There are a lot of meals that I make more of just so that I use the leftovers. I'm on the go for long hours every day and knowing that there is a nutritious delicious meal waiting for me at home.
In addition, I HATE dishes, so the fewer times I have to cook and make a mess, the happier I am.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,506
6/28/14 8:56 P

I used to hate was a mental block thanks to a dysfunctional family situation that went on for years. But I finally let go of those memories and moved on.

Now, my leftovers taste better the day after the dish is made...and they are healthy and nutritious. I end up cooking once every couple of days and enjoying the flavors that meld together. I make fabulous stew. I also learned the value of using the leftovers from one day to enhance the meal I make the following day. Great example...stir fried rice (left over rice, veggie leftovers, roast chicken leftovers). The only leftovers I can't handle are fish.

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6/28/14 7:49 P

KKL- why would our bodies digest the leftovers differently? That makes absolutely no sense. If it was chicken and rice last night its still chicken and rice today.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,272
6/28/14 7:27 P

I love leftovers-had eggplant parmigiana tonight and chicken and broccoli last night.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
6/28/14 6:57 P

I love leftovers and cannot afford not to eat them. But I just heard that our body digests them differently and so they cause bloating. Bummer

SUSAN29NJ Posts: 2,425
6/28/14 3:56 P

Depending on what type of food is leftover, I would eat it. However, my daughters will NEVER eat leftovers of any kind. My youngest daughter doesn't even like to eat sour cream, chips, cereal, butter, etc. if it had been opened prior to her using it.. She considers them leftovers. I'm sure once she is out on her own and has to pay for her food, her attitude will change.

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6/28/14 3:49 P

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My husband and I like to cook - and a lot of our meals are actually better as leftovers. If it isn't something that will hold up well, though, we will make only enough for one meal.

My Mom was somewhat fanatical about leftovers -- we'd see stuff recycled into other dinners until it got eaten. My Dad was older (born 1926) and had lived through the Depression -- he wasn't the kind to complain about leftovers. And much of her cooking was actually better on the second go-round as well. (The canned green beans, not so much -- though we learned they'd keep showing up on the plates until they got eaten, so might as well get them down the first time!)

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
6/28/14 1:40 P

I love leftovers and often cook double the recipe so I can have some. My parents hate leftovers so they are always trying to give me theirs. The problem with that is, I don't like their cooking!

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
6/28/14 11:29 A

"Do you know anyone who refuses to consume leftovers? "

I can't say that I don't because I haven't asked everyone I know their stance on eating leftovers. I know that people I've lived with all will eat leftovers.

If food sat out for a really long time at a party or picnic, it would depend on what the food was for me to want it for leftovers.

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6/28/14 10:42 A

I have absolutely no problem with leftovers. My husband does. Also (and this really gripes me) if he buys something and doesn't like it- he throws it all away. HEY- I liked it, but he still throws it away.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,781
6/28/14 10:26 A

The majority of my meals are leftovers. I do a lot of cooking and I cook in bulk. Generally leftovers will last almost 4 or 5 days. If I go to a favorite restaurant, Don Chilitos, I buy in bulk.

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7/6/13 12:44 A

I love left overs!!!!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
7/6/13 12:41 A

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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7/5/13 5:27 P

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!

HAPPYWRITER7 Posts: 9,723
7/5/13 5:18 P

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

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/5/13 2:00 P

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!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
7/5/13 1:21 P

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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7/5/13 1:10 P

I don't eat leftovers either I just cook enough so we don't have 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

ATHENA1966 Posts: 4,003
7/5/13 1:07 P

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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7/5/13 12:59 P

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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7/5/13 12:53 P


GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
7/5/13 12:51 P

*throws shoe at ObiesMom*

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/5/13 12:31 P

Oooo thanks for that visual, Obies!


yep, no chance of my overeating on macaroni today, now....

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7/5/13 12:29 P

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 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.

UGH. I think I just lost my appetite emoticon

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/5/13 12:26 P

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.

DEEASHAUB05 Posts: 3,356
7/5/13 12:07 P

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.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/5/13 12:06 P

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


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").

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,309
7/5/13 11:59 A

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.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 7/5/2013 (12:00)
ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
7/5/13 11:55 A

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!

7/5/13 11:42 A

day old open aired FAVORITE!!!!!

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
7/5/13 11:40 A

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!

7/5/13 11:24 A

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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EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/5/13 10:21 A

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.

Edited by: EMPRESSAMQ at: 7/5/2013 (10:22)
7/5/13 10:13 A

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 crème 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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