What makes people refuse to eat leftovers?

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  1. CdnCarrie

    CdnCarrie DIS Veteran

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    That too.

    So many people on this thread would actually cook a ham for Easter dinner this weekend and throw out what is not eaten? Really? You wouldn't make ham sandwiches? You don't make turkey sandwiches the day after thanksgiving? How bizarre.
     
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  3. disykat

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    His loans wouldn't be in default yet. He's "living off" them, which means he is currently accumulating them for his living expenses. To me, I'd expect that would mean he should be living as frugally as possible and it would be a red flag to me if he wasn't watching it.
     
  4. disykat

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    IMO, this is pretty normal. That doesn't mean you don't eat leftovers, it just means you are careful about shelf life.
     
  5. Nayan

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    When I was around 11-12 years old we went to friends of my parents for Thanksgiving. They cooked a huge spread of ham, turkey, all the sides and desserts. After everyone couldn't eat anymore they threw it all away! Even at that age I couldn't believe it. I love leftovers!
     
  6. MrsPete

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    This is my train of thought as well.

    And I do think she should be concerned about it even though she's not officially in a serious relationship with him. She's at the stage where the two of them are evaulating one another's strengths and flaws and are trying to decide whether they're compatible with one another. The question isn't whether his loans are current; rather, the question is whether they both have the same tolerance for debt -- and I personally wouldn't saddle myself to a guy who wasn't frugal with money. It'd be a constant source of irritation between us.

    In contrast, if he were forced to take out college loans BUT was also working and economizing so that he could take out the smallest amount possible, that'd be a different story.
     
  7. Missy1961

    Missy1961 Knows who did it and why

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    I don't know about that. I think a lot of people who don't like leftovers don't make extra food so there aren't leftovers. For instance, I live with my dad. We both like some foods leftover (chili, stew, ham, turkey) and some we don't. So I when I buy chicken, I portion it & freeze it before it's cooked. Then thaw and cook just enough for our dinner. But when I make stew, we eat it for dinner twice, and lunch once. We both love ham & turkey, but we just don't make it often when it's just the 2 of us, because there just so much leftover ham or turkey you can eat before getting sick of it. And I'm sorry, but it just doesn't freeze well once it's cooked. Oh, and I cook a fresh dinner most nights--no boxed or processsed food here. We survive without eating leftovers. And we're not wasting money either.
     
  8. Poohforyou

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    It's very easy to find this info online. For an example, eggs will last 3-5 weeks, cold cuts 3-4 days, fish 1-2 days.
     
  9. OceanAnnie

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    Yes it does. If it didn't we wouldn't do it!

    Exactly.
     
  10. scrapquitler

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    I send the leftovers home with my family members who love left overs (and we do not). Just because I don't eat them doesn't mean they get thrown away. In general, I try not to cook more than we will eat, so usually there is not extra food leftover after our normal everyday meals.
     
  11. bellanotte10

    bellanotte10 Now bring me that horizon

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    this! this is why i don't eat certain foods as left overs. things with tomato sauce, taste funny to me. I don't do -certain- leftovers because they're never quite as good the next day. but i also have weird food issues. if my friends saw this post they'd be laughing hysterically at me. I just tried chowder for the first time the other day. I'm such a bad new englander but i have texture issues.
     
  12. SaraJayne

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    If the food was cooked correctly the first time, reheating it causes it to be overcooked.
     
  13. EPCOTatNight

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    There's a good chance that you've had leftover meat in a restaurant. Not everything in a restaurant was actually made that day.
     
  14. Krystallen

    Krystallen Earning My Ears

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    I love leftovers. Some food do taste better after being frozen and reheated. I sometimes leave leftovers on purpose especially if it's my favorite food and I love the idea of still having my favorite food to eat the next day lol

    Oh and friend rice IS made with leftover rice. You can't make a good fried rice with fresh steamed rice, it has to be cooked the day before.
     
  15. IUTBAM

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    Exactly! This is exactly what her line of thinking is. They've been going out for awhile now, every weekend, and she's reaching the point where it's "do or die", as she doesn't date just to "date"...if she doesn't see potential, she's not going to want to continue to date him, and possibly "lead him on".

    She discussed it with me because she talks about everything with me...I've been fostering that type of relationship since she was a little girl. I'm very blessed. Plus, we were sitting AT the dinner table chit-chatting after dinner when she texted him to ask him about the soup, and I saw her face when she read his response.
     
  16. Bob NC

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    I don't get it, are you saying she was mortified? Horrified?

    If someone simply sharing the opinion that they don't prefer leftovers causes this type of reaction, well, I'd hate to see what happens when she gets truly horrific news.
     
  17. IUTBAM

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    No, I wasn't saying she was mortified or horrified. Where would you get that idea? She made a face...and I know her faces. It wasn't high drama. It was just a face, which prompted me to ask her what he said.
     
  18. disykat

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    He didn't say he didn't PREFER leftovers. He said he didn't EAT leftovers. Big difference.

    To me, one sounds reasonable the other sounds way too snobbish for someone who is living on loans - meaning he currently has no money to buy food. Ever heard the expression "beggars can't be choosers?" While he wasn't exactly begging, his financial situation puts him in that situation.

    Since my kids are college aged I know LOTS of kids in this age group. It's would be very unusual for them to turn down food. Even kids that were very picky a few years ago, and probably will be again, are not. They are simply more concerned about their pocketbook than their taste buds.

    It's not about the leftovers. It's about an apparent lack of concern about finances.
     
  19. SeaShelley

    SeaShelley <font color=green>Calgon take me away.......prefer

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    I don't believe the choice to eat leftovers defines a person's financial responsibility, but the attitude of "living off loans" does.

    I think you're putting a lot of judgement on a young man that your daughter has only been "dating" for 6 weeks based on his refusal of your soup and his general dislike of leftovers.
     
  20. Elmo9607

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    In the restaurant I work at as part of my classes for my culinary degree, the sauces, dressings, some desserts, some soups, and occasionally some meat will have been prepared on a Monday and used again in the restaurant for the rest of the week.

    So, yup. Leftovers!! The majority of the time things are cooked fresh, but when you go to a restaurant, don't even think for a second that all the food you're eating was made fresh that day.
     
  21. bettymae1121

    bettymae1121 sure. fine. whatever.

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    I only eat leftovers that re-heat well, some things obviously do better than others. Now that I have a toaster oven I do eat more leftovers than I used to as somethings that suck after being nuked taste pretty good when heated in the toaster oven (pizza is a great example).

    Fortunately DH is a human garbage disposal so all leftovers get eaten, just usually by DH rather than myself.
     

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