Why Leftovers Suck

I love making soup. Lots of it. The kind that freezes well, like pea and ham soup. I don’t consider this to be “leftovers”; rather, I see it more as preparing food for multiple meals and freezing it. I do it with soup, shepherd’s pie, the odd lasagna, etc. This is pre-planning. This is putting food by. This is making my life easier later, on purpose.

Leftovers, however, are a whole other story. I can’t stand leftovers. I don’t like eating dried up refrigerated pasta, or wilted salad, or day old steak. I deliberately cook so that there are absolutely no leftovers, which sometimes mean that I underestimate our appetites and we occasionally need a piece of “dessert” bread with jam or butter to feel satiated.

About a month ago, I looked in our fridge, and there was:

  • a small container of leftover mashed potatoes
  • a large container of leftover rice
  • a half of a steak
  • leftover chicken stir fry complete with (then) fresh chow mein
  • some leftover vegetables

And so I threw them all into one pot, heated them in the oven, and called it leftover pie. It was, to be honest, disgusting.

Poor Ross tends to be the Leftover Cleaning Crew. Generally, he takes something leftover for his lunch every day.Β My natural inclination when it comes to food leftover at the end of a meal is to chuck it. Yes, I know, starving children in Africa yadda yadda yadda. But seriously? One serving of cooked anything, warmed up later in a plastic container – BLECH. I just can’t stand to eat it. It tastes wrong in my mouth, no matter how delicious it was the day before. Dried. Stale. Yuck.

12 years ago


  1. 100% agree with you!!! Frozen is fine, fridge stuff…it’s gonna rot!

    Michael will do the same, mix everything together in to this brown mush that looks like it’s already been digested.

    I rather just throw it all out, sometimes even the container, than stomach the thought of putting it in my mouth.
    Bye bye nasty old food and hey I love to snack after a good meal. πŸ™‚

  2. I LOVE leftovers! Saves me from having to make a lunch for work and tastes way better than a boring old sandwich. I always ask Erik to make extra just for the leftovers. Of course it’s a one day deal for me… then in the garbage it goes. Love it, love it, love it!

  3. I will do leftovers for ONE day.

    Like Andrea, I make enough at dinner to have for lunch the next day.

    As far as reheating, I agree, it’s not the greatest, but if you add a little water to it, its moistens everything and tastes less like reheated cardboard.

    My temporary roommate however, also will not eat leftovers, but she will pack it up and leave it in the fridge to rot. …. Seriously whats the point? Just throw it out or give me the green light to take it to work.

    It is unfornate that I work with a few people who make barely any money… so from time to time, I’ll bring “extra” left overs, claim I’m full and ask them if they’d like the rest so it doesnt go to waste. πŸ™‚

  4. I’m not much a reheated leftovers fan either….especially in the microwave blech! We don’t a microwave mostly because of that reason, I hate microwaved foods πŸ˜› I do like lasagna the next day, reheated in the oven, holds it’s shape better. And I don’t mind some casseroles fried up with some extra sauce (tomato, milk, water, gravy. cheese, butter) to get rid of the dry factor. But definitely has to be the next day, any longer and it tastes like fridge ick. I have to actually plan and make extra dinner to freeze, since I don’t love frozen foods either, but I love the idea of already having a lasagna, casserole or soup in the freezer….just never put the effort into doubling up πŸ˜‰ teach me hehee

  5. I highly recommend the book “Putting Food By” – it gives great instructions on the best ways to retain the nutrition of what’s in the food – essential when its a harvest time for something particularly awesome.

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