Wednesday, December 3, 2008


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:
cranberry chutney
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.


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:)