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Does anyone else do this, or is it only me?

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Anne58 Mon 22-Aug-11 20:16:42

ok, it's time to come out of the cupboard/larder/fridge (delete where not applicable)

I have been becoming increasingly aware of one of my little foibles, or perhaps obsessions.

I find it really, really hard to throw cooked left overs away. ok, so the obvious things like roast potatoes, cabbage etc can be put towards bubble and squeak (we keep a sort of running fund in the freezer, that we add bits to, then when we have enough, cold meat and bubble and squeak it is!)

But to give you a recent example, yesterday I cooked pork steaks with caramelised onions in a wholegrain mustard sauce. There was one steak and a bit of sauce left over. Not really enough to do anything with.

Did I put it in the bin? No, I put it in a small dish, which I then put in the fridge. I discovered it a moment ago when I was putting a small amount of left over rice and sweetcorn in the fridge. blush I toyed with the idea of binning it, but it still looked ok, so I left it. I will throw it away tomorrow, which will be ok, because then it will be definitely past it's best. (I'm not sure at this stage how long the rice and sweetcorn will be allowed to remain, you never know, dh may find a way to incorporate it into his lunch tomorrow)

I do realise that this is probably totally irrational, and often when I am putting things in the fridge I am fully aware that there is less chance of them getting eaten than there is of plaiting snot, but I still do it, then a couple of days later feel that it's ok to bin it!

It is only me, isn't it?

Signed Numpty of North Devon

Zephrine Mon 22-Aug-11 20:24:52

I think it's a generation thing. If you were born just after the war when food had been so scarce you didn't throw anything away. I was taught to use every scrap. When the milk went off (no fridge) my mum hung the curds in muslin from the tap and we then had what she called cottage cheese. You're sort of half way there! I make fridge soup, usually turns out very well but can never be replicated smile

barbadosgan Mon 22-Aug-11 20:26:54

No, afraid not.I do it too and recycle if possible for lunch the next day.Couldn't you have done that with the pork steak?Would have been nice sliced up in a salad maybe.

greenmossgiel Mon 22-Aug-11 20:27:30

Dear Numpty of North Devon,
No, it's not only you that does that! I waste absolutely nothing at all! I stick any leftover food in the freezer in little boxes and bags. Or, it'll sit in the fridge for a day or so, and bubble and squeak will be produced (or another indescribable, but tasty!) little morsel. We've never had food poisoning yet, and money's too tight to throw food away!
Signed Fanny Fridge-Stuffer of Fife grin

Baggy Mon 22-Aug-11 20:33:50

Fridge soup and fridge stew and fridges pasties. Yay! smile
We also have chickens, so anything we don't eat gets recycled into eggs which we do eat.

FlicketyB Mon 22-Aug-11 20:45:41

You could have added the rice and sweetcorn to the pork steak and gravy and it would have made a perfectly accceptable meal for one.

On a family holiday in France last week with DS and DIL, who tend to shop on a daily totally random basis, we finished the holiday with a meal consisting of Bolgnaise sauce and mushroom risotto that I made from what was in the fridge to stop it all being thrown out. My daughter, who was also with us, said it was not an obvious combination, but worked surprisingly well and she intends to do something similar at home.

glammanana Mon 22-Aug-11 21:16:17

If you didn't want the sweetcorn/rice to go with the Pork steak's DH could have them for lunch with a nice baked potato + salad,you can slice the pork and do two nice pork and rice wrap's with a drizzle of mustard,note that discription hey "drizzle" I've been watching to much TV

yogagran Mon 22-Aug-11 21:18:24

Any leftovers go into the fridge, spend their statutory two or three days there and then get thrown out. Up to the beginning of May I had my dog who would be grateful of anything edible. I hate throwing food away. Another thing that gets my goat (just where did that expression come from?) is having to throw away food from the children's plates. Usually they have been given far too much and it just gets messed around - too messy to keep but nothing wrong with it (looking for "yuk" emoticom)

Nagyi Mon 22-Aug-11 21:27:11

My uncle had a saying: "Shall we throw it out now or shall we put it in the fridge and throw it out later?" But seriously, we also have fridge soup, pilaffs made of odd bits of leftover fish/meat & veg. DH's favourite is fried up roast potatoes - a rare treat as generally, however many roasties I make, they all disappear so hardly ever any left to be recycled.

glammanana Mon 22-Aug-11 21:37:39

I love a plate of reheated roast potato's on Sunday evening watching the TV but it does not do the waist line any good does it ?

Nagyi Mon 22-Aug-11 21:45:47

Ah but glammanana... do you fry them up? In the good old days we used to fry them in the dripping from the joint but now we're good and fry them in olive oil instead!!!

yogagran Mon 22-Aug-11 21:50:11

Nagyi grin grin Love your first line comment!

glammanana Mon 22-Aug-11 22:17:42

Nagyi how can I fry them up when I've got to report to glassortwo on Monday morning,that's how I got to fat in the first place

Nannyliz Mon 22-Aug-11 22:59:48

I have a very obliging DH who more often than not will eat any leftovers for lunch the next day. He has been known to eat left over bolognaisse on a couple of slices of bread for his lunch!!! smile

yogagran Mon 22-Aug-11 23:03:50

Lucky you Nannyliz - my DH will not eat anything that is "left over" and he's even worse with use-by dates. Seems to think that they will go off at midnight on the date shown and won't touch them after that date!

grannyactivist Mon 22-Aug-11 23:05:00

My husband hates waste of any description, so has been known to eat some very odd combinations, though I think the rice pudding sandwiches in his lunch box still take some beating.wink

glammanana Mon 22-Aug-11 23:07:29

Fabulous ga

Baggy Tue 23-Aug-11 06:32:32

I once mixed some leftover macaroni, tuna, mayonnaise, sweet peppers and onion with stir-fried onion, tomato, and Savoy cabbage to which I'd added turmeric and jeera. It was surprisingly good.

susiecb Tue 23-Aug-11 08:58:08

My parents saved every scrap but some things extra was made as Dad liked them cold including (dont gag) fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, casserole, cold fish like kippers etc.

I try to make a bit extra of acsseroles, pasta sauce etc and freeze in quantities of one for suppers when we come home from golf or when I am a bowls widow on Thursday nights.
My children eat cold pizza, curry kebabs and any take away for breakfast too.

jogginggirl Tue 23-Aug-11 09:07:19

All leftovers get 'boxed up' and then delivered to daughter and grand-daughter (who live close by) - they live on a tight budget and really appreciate it, I feel less guilty or wasteful!! Win, win smile

Annobel Tue 23-Aug-11 09:17:13

When we were children in wartime, leftovers were unknown - rationed food didn't stretch that far. After the war, when things became easier, the Sunday roast became cottage pie on Monday and if any was left, rissoles or sandwiches after that. My mum always got a marrow bone and made stock from it before giving it to the dog. We had soup you could stand on when we came home from school for lunch!

pompa Tue 23-Aug-11 09:18:06

Mrs. P bags up leftover and freezes them (unless she plans to use them the next day). She then re-assembles them into a meal when suitable constituents are amassed.

Hunt Tue 23-Aug-11 09:34:21

I can't bear to bin a chicken carcase with out first turning it into stock. What do I do with the stock? Put it in the freezer until it's too old to use and then bin it! What am I like?( as the young say)

GoldenGran Tue 23-Aug-11 09:58:20

Hunt I am just in the middle of that process, but worse I haven't yet put it in the freezer, so may have to bin it anyway! I can't throw chicken carcasses away. My children say one of their most vivid childhood memories is of coming into the house and smelling stock on the stove. My eldest says it is the reason she became vegetarian,as she never could stand that smell! I do make it into soup some of the time! smile

Baggy Tue 23-Aug-11 10:02:02

I love the smell of a steaming chicken stock pan. Odd how we vary, isn't it?