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Leftovers — How Long Before You Won’t Eat Them? Anything You Won’t Eat Reheated?

The staff fridge with leftovers!

Today was garbage day on our street, which means it’s the day where we go through the fridge and toss all of the food and stuff that might be only appealing to a lab. I have a love and hate affair with leftovers. I love certain things reheated and some other foods not so much.

I don’t mind nuked take out normally. I don’t really care for leftover spaghetti, or any pasta dish really for that matter. I like leftover Chinese food, pizza and chicken, but I don’t like chicken skin reheated. I say no to leftover potatoes regardless of how they’re prepared. In fact, I will eat the few leftover veggies at dinner just so I don’t have to put them in the fridge. I’m sure I’ll think of more things I can’t stand reheated after I publish this.

I guess the other quandary when it comes to leftovers is how long do you let them stay in the fridge? For me it’s two days maximum. Forty-eight hours, baby that’s it. Well, the food may stay in the fridge longer, but I wont touch it. If I really like it, it won’t last that long in the fridge anyway.

We try not to let leftovers go into the garbage but aren’t always successful. I’m going to leave you with a George Carlin quote:

“Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’”

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