1. Welcome to Religious Forums, a friendly forum to discuss all religions in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Our modern chat room. No add-ons or extensions required, just login and start chatting!
    • Access to private conversations with other members.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

What To Do With The Leftovers?

Discussion in 'Food and Beverage Forum' started by JustGeorge, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2020
    Messages:
    1,928
    Ratings:
    +3,537
    Religion:
    Hindu
    Its not uncommon, actually, its almost guaranteed, there will be some form of leftover from lunch(our 'big' meal).

    Sometimes its not a big deal. Like today, I made way too much white rice, but that can certainly be turned into something else tomorrow. There's at least 3 cups of it.

    But other things, its hard to say what to do with it, simply based on quantity. I've got less than a cup of rasam left over, and less than a cup of veggie rice. With small quantities like that(and several, in this case 5, people to feed), what do you do with it? Reheating and reserving almost doesn't seem worth it, as there isn't enough to go around. The kids don't reheat leftovers on their own. Often, these mini dishes get stuck in the fridge to be forgotten, and tossed out a week later.

    What is a better way to deal with small food quantities? How do you deal with little bits of food like this?
     
  2. ADigitalArtist

    ADigitalArtist Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    8,393
    Ratings:
    +11,898
    Religion:
    Irreligious Agnostic Atheistic Apatheist
    I basically grew up on 'leftover stew.' Not much you can't throw in a crock pot with more seasoning and make something out of.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
  3. ADigitalArtist

    ADigitalArtist Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    8,393
    Ratings:
    +11,898
    Religion:
    Irreligious Agnostic Atheistic Apatheist
    Come to think, that is basically what medieval pottage is.
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  4. Subduction Zone

    Subduction Zone Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2017
    Messages:
    39,776
    Ratings:
    +23,446
    Religion:
    Atheist
    Sometimes a soup is handy. You can toss in a bit of this and a bit of that and it all adds to the flavor.
     
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
  5. aketo

    aketo Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2021
    Messages:
    364
    Ratings:
    +256
    Religion:
    None
    Ask who'd like to finish leftovers. Let them pick what they want, but someone has to finish it. Kids gotta learn I suppose. We usually ask the servants as well.
    Also before preparing meals we check for leftovers so we can fit those in and don't make too much.
     
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
  6. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2012
    Messages:
    11,937
    Ratings:
    +4,798
    Religion:
    ☿ Mercuræn Mahayana Buddhist & Pastafarian
    For leftover rice dishes, a breakfast hash topped with a fried egg (or not, if you don't eat eggs) is always nice. Bibimbap is always welcomed
     
    #6 crossfire, Feb 25, 2021
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2021
  7. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2020
    Messages:
    1,928
    Ratings:
    +3,537
    Religion:
    Hindu
    Ah, been awhile since I had this. Thanks for the reminder.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Messages:
    22,744
    Ratings:
    +6,488
    Religion:
    Baha'i
    If I make more than I plan to eat that night I do it knowing I will be wanting it for another meal.
    Almost all leftovers get eaten by us or the cats. Rarely do we ever throw food away, except pizza, because my husband cannot eat as much as I make before it goes bad and cats don't eat pizza.

    I keep my refrigerator on high and put any meat leftovers in the shelves I know will freeze so they won't go bad. I label all leftovers with a date so if they do not get eaten I will know which ones to toss first. The only leftovers we ever have are pizza, pork, or potatoes.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Deeje

    Deeje Avid Bible Student
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Messages:
    13,733
    Ratings:
    +7,606
    Religion:
    Christian JW
    I am a big fan of 'bubble and squeak' actually.....Whatever left over veges there are, I mash them all up, throw some chopped bacon in my pie maker with a few bits of chopped shallots, throw the leftovers on top, crack an egg and break the yolk, salt and pepper, then top with grated cheese. Close the lid and cook for a few minutes turning if necessary. Breakfast! [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. SomeRandom

    SomeRandom Still learning to be wise
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2014
    Messages:
    9,582
    Ratings:
    +7,660
    Mix it into a “mixed” curry or stew.
    With leftover rice dishes, just make some tacos.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    12,751
    Ratings:
    +19,385
    Religion:
    Sanatana Dharma
    I don't have the problem often, but when I do, the leftovers become science experiments in my refrigerator.

    *gets up to see what's currently growing in the fridge*
     
    • Funny Funny x 3
  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    31,500
    Ratings:
    +26,288
    Religion:
    None
    Ravenous family of five, what are leftovers?

    On the odd occasion we do have anything left ir serves as supper. Or in the case of pizza, breakfast;-)

    Most times i make twice as much as we need and freeze half for an easy meal sometime.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. exchemist

    exchemist Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Messages:
    11,607
    Ratings:
    +10,694
    Religion:
    RC (culturally at least)
    Eat them yourself for supper or something. For us the evening meal is the main one. Any leftovers tend to get produced at lunch the following day, when we tend to eat cold things with bread and then have a salad. So a leftover, reheated if appropriate, can be part of that: not everyone has to have everything on the table. If lunch is your main meal, maybe supper is the time to do a bit of pick and mix, with any leftovers as part of it.
     
  14. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    184,166
    Ratings:
    +62,435
    Religion:
    Atheist
    Save it.
    Eat it later.
    That's what we do.
    Forgotten food in the depths of the fridge does happen though.
    Then it goes outside for the coons, skunks, crows, kitties, & other furry friends.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Vinayaka

    Vinayaka devotee
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    32,432
    Ratings:
    +16,980
    Religion:
    Saivite Hindu
    We just put ours out again at the next meal. The key is to remember. (Leaving them at the front of the fridge helps us.) Around here, Boss has yet to adjust to just the two of us, one of whom is on a diet, so we often have leftovers around.

    If I was there, I'd just pour that rasam on anything at all ... Rasam flavoured pasta sounds great, but then I'll eat anything in combination.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Messages:
    33,764
    Ratings:
    +14,104
    Religion:
    Philosophical Buddhism
    Chow mein. *grin*

    Pets will be happy too if it's safe.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2020
    Messages:
    1,928
    Ratings:
    +3,537
    Religion:
    Hindu

    Your cats don't eat pizza!?!?!?!?!?!?:eek: We have to lock ours up while we're eating it, or there are two who grab slices and run.


    Ravenous family my foot... Kid A is on the hypersensitive side of the autism spectrum. Kid B is on the hyposensitive side of the autism spectrum. Kid C is not on the autism spectrum, but has developed extremely picky habits(he's 2) and has to go to food therapy. If one kid likes what I have made, the other is guaranteed not to.

    At our old home, we got a lot of wildlife. We poured rejected food out the back door. We had regular customers. Can't do that here. Throw it out back, the dogs get it(sometimes that's okay, sometimes probably not). Pour it out front, neighbors will probably call code enforcement.
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  18. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Messages:
    22,744
    Ratings:
    +6,488
    Religion:
    Baha'i
    No, our prissy Persians only eat pork loin roast, and turkey or chicken when we ever have it. :rolleyes:
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  19. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Well-Known Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2020
    Messages:
    1,928
    Ratings:
    +3,537
    Religion:
    Hindu
    I guess living in a house of vegetarians, our cats have adapted their tastes. We even have a few who eat vegetables.

    One I feel horrible for...there is nothing in life he loves me than a potato...but they do not love him back. How awful to think your favorite food is guaranteed to make you throw up!
     
  20. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2013
    Messages:
    34,153
    Ratings:
    +16,056
    Religion:
    ecumenical & naturalistic Catholic
    We don't throw away food unless it's spoiled, thus we carry leftovers over to the next day or two, or we freeze them for later use.

    My wife grew up in poverty in Sicily, and I am the son of a "depression child" who had to leave his home for three years to live on his grandparent's farm.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
Loading...