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Old 09-18-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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On the subject of leftovers

I came across this article about the history of leftovers, presented as a function of abundance. Before refrigeration was common, and especially for the poor, there was no such thing.

I always find it odd when I hear about people who don't like leftovers. I love them, for the most part. I eat them for breakfast or repurpose them for dinner.

What are your thoughts?

An Economic History of Leftovers - The Atlantic
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:31 AM   #2
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I always cook with leftovers in mind because it 1) saves me from messing up even more dishes to wash and put away, 2) we eat on different shifts so it allows for separate meals, 3) we eat different kinds of diets so it allows for mix/match of what we each eat, 4) it allows me to freeze 'dinners' for DH to take to work in a wide variety.
And 5) there are certain meals that taste better after refrigeration or freezing, like tomato based dishes, some stews, some curries.

Is it really a leftover if it only makes it to the table once? Are they then called intentional leftovers or just cooking in larger quantities?
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well I have two thoughts......GG.......hope you don't mind the abbreviation.....

my father was a child from the depression and from a family of 5 boys and a sister.....they did without a lot especially meat growing up..he joined the army when he was 19 and it was one of his proudest accomplishments that he could put meat on the table every night of the week.....he did `not want to see leftovers.......cause my grandmother made do with whatever she had and if it meant boiling bones and serving the broth with bread that's what they went with.......`i've heard this about other depression children........

`me on the other hand am always happy to go with leftovers......but then again it's not broth and bread forever............all `i remember is my grandmother saying how hard times were back then.........they must have been during the depression..........
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well I have two thoughts......GG.......hope you don't mind the abbreviation.....
Not at all Others do the same.

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my father was a child from the depression and from a family of 5 boys and a sister.....they did without a lot especially meat growing up..he joined the army when he was 19 and it was one of his proudest accomplishments that he could put meat on the table every night of the week.....he did `not want to see leftovers.......cause my grandmother made do with whatever she had and if it meant boiling bones and serving the broth with bread that's what they went with.......`i've heard this about other depression children...
I should have qualified my statement a bit. I do understand the pride that depression-era children would have in being able to provide fresh food every day. I was thinking about younger people who have always pretty much lived with abundant food available.
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I have a friend who has a thing with leftovers. He will not touch them whatsoever.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:16 PM   #6
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On the subject of leftovers

We live on leftovers. Even though we're only two, I have a tendency to cook for at least eight. Things just seem to grow out of the pot.

I also have some friends who won't eat leftovers. I was horrified watching a friend scraping all the perfectly good food into the trash after a get-together.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:27 PM   #7
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My daughter is one of those who is kind of weird about leftovers. I just don't get it myself. I don't know how many times I've eaten out with her, and ended up taking both of our leftover meals home in doggy bags.

On the other hand, I often make entire meals with the idea that I'll be enjoying leftovers for a few days. I like to think of it as a gift that keeps on giving.
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Chili, nuff said! Definitely think of another meal that will use leftovers quite often. Instead of one pan of lasagna, make two and freeze one for another time and eat the leftovers from the first one for breakfast or lunch. Should we count purposely cooking a large quantity of say chicken (like we are doing today) and use it in several different recipes?
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And often times leftovers taste even better than the time they were prepared and served.
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:31 PM   #10
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I'll begin at the beginning.

Both my parents were children during the Depression and I'm sure they experienced all manner of corner-cutting and frugality.

Even though my father's occupation would have allowed us to live quite comfortably, we still ate as though pennies had to be pinched. As far as leftovers went growing up, we rarely had any. Largely because there were 5 children who were food vacuums.

Okay, on to my brood. I just thought my siblings were food vacuums. They were a broom at cleaning up food compared to my group that ate like magicians. Everything disappeared before our eyes. As a bit of info, two of the boys, by age 13, were 6'4" and 6'6". They were, literally, bottomless pits.

I'd serve supper about 6 p.m. and, by 7 or so, one of them would be scanning the refrigerator for a likely victim for a "snack." It was like running a mess hall. It was even more challenging when the children got older and brought home friends to eat with us. "Mom always makes plenty!" Imagine that.

The only time I've been able to see leftovers is after the nest became empty and that was a real eye-opener. The youngest will be 42 in a month or so, which means the nest has been empty for a long time.

But, leftovers....Boy, oh, boy, am I the queen of leftovers. I still haven't learned how to pare down my years of quantity cooking. I'm getting better and I'm so glad Glenn likes encores of many of our meals. Buck didn't particularly care for reruns, so this is a different world for me.

I agree with some who have said that making large amounts of dishes and dividing and conquering (freezing) makes sense. Especially with something that requires a lot of prep and time to get to the end product. Make one big mess and devote a block of time and you're set for several times.

I also concur that many things are better a day or so later. The herbs/spices get friendlier and the food takes on another depth of flavor.

Long about the end of August/first part of September, I look for opportunities to have leftovers that can be frozen. I know from experience how busy things can get prior to the holidays and it's a good feeling to have something in reserve.

I, too, don't understand the casual throwing away of perfectly good food. One of Glenn's daughters is as someone described in an earlier post. Just scrape it into the garbage.

We visited her and her family last month and filet mignon was served the first night. There were 6 at the table. Many ate their whole meal. Others did not. I was one who nearly finished, but had plans on snacking on my piece of steak cold for lunch the following day, along with the sides I couldn't finish. I like it cold steak.

I didn't get an opportunity to retrieve my piece of beef, nor did anyone else because as the table was cleared, everything on the plates went into the trash. And...they have doggies. If I had been Fido and witnessed that act of dog abuse, I'd have been pissed.

Personally, I really like leftovers, especially for lunch. Glenn teases me about a line I use as I clear the dinner table and there's just a dab of this or a dab of that. I'll put it together, in portions, in a bowl or on a plate and say, "This will be a good lunch." Now, he's saying it.

Never have any bits and pieces of frozen veggies in the freezer. When there's a scant amount left, it joins another bag with a similar quantity. Others get in on the fun and, pretty soon, there are enough mixed veggies to throw into a pot of soup or such.

Even though I didn't grow up with a "waste not, want not" household philosophy, I've just always applied to that way of doing things. And it goes beyond food for me. Glenn just shakes his head when I rescue something from the trash to morph it into another use. I think he used to think I was weird. Now he knows I'm weird. He's quit saying, "Why are you taking that useless thing out of the trash?"
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