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January 24, 2014

FF #3 – Leftovers: Love Them? Or Hate Them?

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Going to get this one done on time this week 😉 Anyway, Mr. Maroon and I have actually alluded to both FF #2 (Scatter-Brained from last week) and FF #3 (today’s post) concepts in previous post, which takes me back to the days of high school literature where the teacher tried desperately to convince us that authors specifically included items like foreshadowing, irony, allusion, etc. in their literary works of genius. At the time, I came to the conclusion that it was all a bunch of hogwash that teachers fabricated to increase our homework load. Now, I’m convinced of it. I think it’s just the way our brains work that we come back to similar concepts. And no, I don’t think I’m working towards literary genius here, just my random thoughts. But, tangent aside for now, back to the matter at hand… frugal spending. (PS. Sorry for the slight detour – just how my brain works most days!)

I happen to love leftovers. Makes for more interesting lunches than the same old boring sandwich every day. Plus they can be life-savers for supper on nights when we are unavoidably detained and get home much later, but still have a child ready to gnaw his arm off – or worse yet, scream bloody murder. But all too often, leftovers get buried in the fridge and forgotten until they get to the science experiment stage. Mr. Maroon very strongly promotes a one week rule on leftovers – so you better eat them in that one week, otherwise they are done. And I am not as consistent as I’d like in making sure that I meet that expiration date. So my suggestion is to make individual servings while still cleaning the kitchen after supper each night. You are already making the effort to move the remaining food from the cookware to some sort of storage-ware, take an extra two seconds to get out multiple small containers to fill. That way in the morning, it is so much easier to just grab one container and go. I hate having to pull out the large container(s) to assemble something for lunch. I save that extra couple minutes of hassle in the morning this way. Win-win-win to me: Super easy in the morning. Leftovers are less likely to go to waste. I’m not tempted to go out to buy lunch that day!

~ Mrs. Maroon

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  1. Comment by Mrs. 1500 — January 27, 2014 @ 8:44 PM

    Mr. 1500 loves leftovers, I hate them. I love to cook, and would rather just make enough for dinner tonight. Unless it is lasagna. That always tastes better the next day. And the next and the next.
    Another way to stretch food dollars is to purposely make large portions, store them in smaller containers and put them in the freezer. Pull out the night before and store in the fridge until you take them to work. Should be thawed by the time lunch rolls around. This works especially well with lasagna and stuffed peppers, which lend themselves to individual portions.

  2. Comment by Mr. Maroon — January 27, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

    Great idea! We often do something similar with soup, stew, chili, gumbo, etc in the winter time. We each keep a small slow cooker at our office. Frozen “soup-sicles” on the low setting for about four hours transform into satisfying lunches, saving our wallets from eating out and attracting the attention of many a coworker with the aroma of Grandma’s kitchen.

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