Leftover food

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Leftover food

Saw this today : http://www.wisebread.com/21-shocking-stats-about-food-waste

And made me wonder what this community doing about leftover food ?

Personally, I learned to cook for the people in the family, if the recipe calls for 4 portion I'll do the math and bring it to our number 5 plus one. You never know if somebody will come knocking at your door for some food. [It's an old habit we have in my family for years, and I plan on keeping it]

If I have leftovers, I will either make a soup out of them, or a big selection platter for lunch time, or if it's a lot I'm freezing them.

What about you ?

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Like you, I tend to use my leftovers as future meals, either at lunch or another dinner. I try to cook enough for my husband to take something to work the next day, and then, when I find I have several very small portions of random leftover (cooked) meat, I also do a big pot of soup, or something with beans and rice. We very rarely throw food away around here.

I also do not do weekly menu plans, though, and I tend to shop only a day or two ahead. When there is less food to choose from, I find myself using up what I have much quicker. If I did a stockpile weekly or bi-weekly grocery trip, I actually think we'd go through food faster and waste more.

There is something to be said for the European and South American tradition of going to the market every day and simply buying what is needed for the next meal. We Americans have taken the Costco convenience habit a little too far.

My family is a big family so most of the time if we don't eat it for lunch then we will end up eating it for supper.

If by chance we have something else for supper then you can almost always be sure by breakfast someone will be hungry enough and eat it.

When the leftovers are pizza or cake etc. Well.... We have no problem finishing those! LOL

If there is enough of a meal left over, I usually freeze it and pull it back out in a couple of weeks... "free" meal. :-) For smaller amounts I try to use it up the best I can but we do have a problem with certain things drying out before we use them.

And then there's breakfast! I often have dinner leftovers for breakfast and it's really my favorite early morning food. (Well, if it was a good dinner, that is!)

In my family we cook a certain amount of foods and make them last for at least 3 to 4 days. It saves time and money!

Since the kids have moved out, it's hard to cook for just my husband and I again, so I have left overs quite often. If we have left over spaghetti, we put the left overs in the fridge (or freezer) put it in a casserole dish, add cheese on top and bake. Baked Spaghetti :)
Left over mashed potatoes can make potato cakes or even potato candy. Left over fried potatoes reheated, add eggs and scramble together makes a great breakfast. There are many ways to use left overs. I also make a large pot of vegetable soup, chilli or soup beans when making them and freeze bowls of the soup for lunches. Makes great lunches and saves time and money.

I seldom follow a recipe, and just make things that I am used to making, and I make just enough for the two of us and a little leftover, which always gets eaten by the next day.
Usually , we decide how hungry we are enforce I make a meal, since people will eat different amounts depending on how hungry they are, and also by what is being prepared.
If there is not much left over, I usually feed it to the dogs, mixed in with some of their dog food, or cook it with some rice for the dogs. They love having the leftovers, and it is so healthy for them compared to eating plain dry dog food.

I seldom follow a recipe, and just make things that I am used to making, and I make just enough for the two of us and a little leftover, which always gets eaten by the next day.
Usually , we decide how hungry we are before I make a meal, since people will eat different amounts depending on how hungry they are, and also by what is being prepared.
If there is not much left over, I usually feed it to the dogs, mixed in with some of their dog food, or cook it with some rice for the dogs. They love having the leftovers, and it is so healthy for them compared to eating plain dry dog food.

This is a tough one for me as I typically cook only for myself on a daily basis. The biggest challenge is becoming bored with the ingredients before I use them all.

I would be more inclined to save them in the freezer for a broth, than to donate them to others since that would be too time consuming.

Leftovers are always for the next day's lunch, either at home or for me to take to work.
Sometimes I don't really feel like eating the same thing 2 meals in a row but I just push through it because otherwise I know I'll keep saving it and it will go to waste.

I can't imagine cooking so much that you have to freeze your leftovers, the problem there is adjusting how much food you need to cook per meal.

I have actually become pretty creative with leftovers so that we're not frequently eating the same meal twice in a row. One thing that has saved us is to always have tortillas on hand. It is pretty easy to make burritos/wraps out of just about anything. I also will repurpose something by adding beans and serving it over rice the next time.

I also have to admit to eating dinner leftovers for breakfast. Something about waking up to a hearty meal with protein always starts my day much stronger than a bowl of cereal or a bagel.

Well if I have leftover bread, I always make gazpacho! The recipe is very simple, just old bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper, onion an parsley. Blend it all up in a blender and chill. Serve cold.

I always make this delicious recipe in the summer, and yes it comes in handy when I have extra bread.

For leftover food, I just keep it in the fridge and save it for lunch or dinner the next day. It's a great way to save some money (even though it's not much). My family is rather small but we eat a lot so there is always leftovers :P.

I'm surprised at some people who throw away their food... it's pretty sad if you ask me.

I like doing this with leftover fried potatoes, too. Sometimes I'll even cook come up specifically for this meal because my daughter enjoys it so much. It works to throw leftover meat in there, too... or bacon whether or not it's left over. :-)

Great uses for leftovers you listed here, mama2012!

I'm able to overcome boredom and eat the same food until all the leftovers are gone.
So even if I have to eat spaghetti for lunch 3 days in a row, I'll keep eating it.
I care more about saving money than boredom. I don't make my kid eat leftovers unless she wants to. She doesn't have the tolerance for food boredom that I do.

I also make potato croquettes and patties with all kinds of leftovers. The best-tasting ones have bits of leftover bacon or smoked salmon leftovers chopped up and mixed in. For Chinese cooking, fried rice is the best, just sautee leftover steamed rice, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chillies with whatever leftovers you have.

I totally agree with the fried rice, which is a staple in my house. I also sometimes use leftover plain spaghetti noodles to make lo mein or stir fry.

I have a feeling that I'll soon be getting creative with this, too. We've started eating more rice and no matter how hard I try to make the right amount, there is always some leftover. I think I'll keep some of the sauces on hand and see how creative I can get. :-)

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