Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Leftovers

Kevin and I aren't good leftover eaters, but I feel so wasteful hurling large quantities of food down the disposal while it's still warm. Instead I seal it up in plastic storage containers and stack it in the frig to be thrown away another day.

Thanksgiving night leftover inventory:
turkey
cranberry chutney
stuffing
gravy
dried corn

The next night, I admitted I have little desire to eat cranberry chutney except on Thanksgiving, so I tossed it.

Looking around the frig, I couldn't find any mashed potatoes. So I got rid of the gravy.

The dried corn looked downright repulsive in a see-through container 24 hours after Thanksgiving dinner. Gone.

On Saturday, I got rid of the container of egg dish I'd made for breakfast with company Wednesday morning.

My from-scratch mac & cheese was mostly gone, and the remaining half-cup was no longer appetizing. Down the drain.

I cleared out what I thought were all the remaining cluttery odds and ends fully intending to shop today, but it didn't happen. Tonight, desperate for food, therefore observing the frig contents more carefully, I noticed a casserole dish full of my mom's stuffing. Almost a week later. Even under ideal conditions, I don't like stuffing - I wasn't brave enough to yank it out seven days old and dump it. So there it sits. What weird backwardness that the leftovers I actually liked are long gone, but my least favorite dish is still alive and well on the top shelf of my frig. Curious how long it might last in there.

5 comments:

littlecbsmom said...

To funny! I happen to love leftovers and hope every night when I cook, if it is good that there will be enough for me to eat for lunch the next day! I'm kind of wierd though!
I froze my turkey after eating it left over for one day and will make that yummy cranberry wreath from pampered chef in a week or two! I'm right there with you on the stuffing though...YUCK!

Beth said...

You're so funny. I noticed you didn't add the 7-layer dip we discussed though. :)

Christine said...

Lol! I love your honesty here, and I'm totally with you. I just cleaned out our fridge too - but ours was mostly stuff that I made and couldn't finish because of morning sickness. It is funny how I can throw out some things and others will sit there (if I'm honest) for at least a month. I want to blame nausea, but that's not really fair.

Teri said...

Beth, you're right!!! How could I forget that? It was the grossest thing in there by far. You know how gross guacamole gets after even a couple hours - imagine a couple DAYS!

Rachel said...

You need chickens. We love to eat leftovers the next day, but any longer than 24 hours and they make me nervous. I used to feel so guilty letting all that good food get ground up in the garbage disposal, but now I just dump it all in a plastic bag and make my kids take it to the chickens. What once went to waste now gets turned into free eggs and fertilizer:)