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    Throwing food away
    • #1
    • 2nd Sep 07, 1:56 PM
    Throwing food away 2nd Sep 07 at 1:56 PM
    When visiting other people, I am shocked when I see someone get up from the table at the end of a meal and immediately scrape all the uneaten food into the bin. We never throw anything away unless it is actually bad; if I've cooked too much, it goes in a covered container and into the fridge. Cold vegetables are a particular favourite - broccoli and mayonnaise sandwich anyone? In fact I often deliberately cook too much so that we have leftovers: if I get a load of peppers/aubergines/courgettes etc., cheap from the market for example, I will roast them all in olive oil, and they'll go in sandwiches, salads, etc., for days till they're all used up. I find they keep longer in the fridge once they are cooked.

    Perhaps it's because my Ma started married life at the height of rationing, and her Ma started married life in WW1, which makes me third generation frugal, but I cannot bear to see good food thrown away.

    I'd love to hear from anyone who automatically bins the leftovers from every meal. Is it because you didn't like it ? Or because you think it will go off in the next 10 minutes ? Or because you don't know what else to do with it ? Or do you think that keeping food for the next meal is only for people who can't afford fresh food for every meal - in other words, do you think saving food is what poor people do, and you want to feel rich ? What is your opinion of people like me who rarely throw food away ?

    Edit: I did mean scraping all the uneaten food from serving dishes and pans, not plates particularly, though that as well. I was also asking about people who buy food, but chuck it away unopened, or half finished and still good. Forgot to mention this originally, but I know someone who does this and it puzzles me.

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    • frogga
    • By frogga 2nd Sep 07, 2:10 PM
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    I would keep leftovers but not if they've been on someones plate, or is that not what you meant? If there is any left on a plate I give it to the dogs. If there is too much food cooked and I didn't serve it up I'd save it for another day. waste not want not!
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 2nd Sep 07, 2:13 PM
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    I keep everything -I've just collected the bones off my kids' plates to put in the stock pot
  • odds-n-sods
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 2:22 PM
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    A bit judgmental here, I think. Some people weren't raised the same way you were. And some people simply don't like leftovers.

    I wouldn't take food off the plate, like thriftlady, but if she is happy doing that and it isn't a dangerous practice, it is none of my business. Each to his own, not being OS isnt' wrong, its simply a lifestyle choice!
    Last edited by odds-n-sods; 02-09-2007 at 2:37 PM.

    • embb
    • By embb 2nd Sep 07, 2:31 PM
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    You mean you scrape the leftovers off plates to use again? I'm shocked actually lol - I was brought up to finish everything on my plate so no plate leftovers in this house, it's a case of putting just enough on and not loading it up too much. If I've made too much however and there's stuff left in the pan I will keep them in the fridge or plate it up as a meal and keep that in the fridge for OH to have the next day.
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 2nd Sep 07, 2:37 PM
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    I have absolutely no problem in scraping leftovers off the plate to reuse either. I'm intrigued by those who are "shocked" or "don't like it" or see anything wrong with it. I mean .... it's only been on a plate, eh?

    Wasting food is a real bugbear of mine. You might as well chuck a fiver in the bin and save yourself the effort of cooking it and dishing it up in the first place

    I often find that those who waste the most food are the same people complaining about two-weekly wheelie bin collections, as the bin is not big enough, and maggots in the bin!

    I do sometimes prepare/cook portions that are simply too big and I get annoyed at myself for that. But there aren't many dishes that I can't reheat, reuse or simply eat cold for lunch the next day.

    Sorry, but wasting food is completely unnecessary and, IMHO, absolutely scandalous
    Last edited by Debt_Free_Chick; 02-09-2007 at 2:48 PM.
  • daisyroots
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    Just to clarify: I serve small-ish portions, and then we help ourselves to seconds from the saucepan or side dishes (depending how posh we're being) so rarely does food go from the plate back into the fridge. But it does happen, and while I'd never keep food from a visitor's plate, family is different. I mean if you kiss someone often enough, you've got all their germs, anyway !
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    • piglet6
    • By piglet6 2nd Sep 07, 2:45 PM
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    I'm the same as Frogga - we keep stuff that has not been on individual plates, but as there are only 2 of us here and we serve up our own portions, I can't remember the last time we had leftovers on individual plates, so its not really a problem! :rolleyes:

    Mr P's parents are exactly the opposite. They throw everything away as soon as they have finished at the table. I think that Daisyroots is quite accurate in that they want to feel that they don't need to eat leftovers, i.e. they can afford fresh food each meal. However, rather than looking down on those who do save leftovers, I think it is because that they were both brought up in households where money was scarce and leftovers were the norm, so now (in their early 60s, after a lifetime of working and saving hard) they are able to afford to not have to eat leftovers, if that makes sense?!

    However, I have to admit it can be quite painful to watch. Mr P and I love leftover takeaway the next day (and have been known to order a little extra, just to guarantee that there will be leftovers!) so to watch half a takeaway go straight into the bin is tricky for us... Even more so, when on occasion we have had cold meats/salads from Marks & Spencer (their favourite food shop - again, I think, coming back to the fact that they enjoy the fact that they can now afford to shop there) and we have watched the end of packets of cold meats/half tubs of coleslaw or potato salad go straight in the bin because "there's only a couple of slices of ham left - not enough for a meal tomorrow"!!

    We are gradually converting them, though - and we are much quicker off the mark these days...we normally relieve them of their leftovers (and then live off them for several days afterwards!).

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  • krispyg76
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 2:46 PM
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    Don't make too much in th efirst place. Gemma will say to me is that all the mash you have made etc but by the time she has finished her dinner she feels full cos of everything else there is on the plate.

    Huge portions are not neccessary.

    I find I waste more food when we buy a bag of potatoes or carrots and then don't use them all, I prefer to buy as I need.
  • free4440273
    the fact that one has to buy staple produce like carrots, potatoes, tomatoes etc in 'bulk' because it's more 'economical' does not help much either. another reason to ignore Tesco's and the like and shop at a local grocers.


  • balmaiden
    Rarely have any leftovers on the plates as I tend to be able to gauge what each person is likely to eat. Infact I know if Oh leaves anything it is because he is feeling unwell!!

    But I usually have veg left over in saucepans incase anyone does want more, if not they always turn up the next day in a different guise.

    As for taking left overs off plates, no, not for me, but, as op says each to their own and anyway as I said this is a rare occurence in this house.
    • savvy
    • By savvy 2nd Sep 07, 3:14 PM
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    which makes me third general frugal,
    Originally posted by daisyroots
    And may we salute you Third General Frugal 'mam! What a brilliant title

    I admit to throwing food that has been on a guests plate, but sometimes use food that's been on our own plate and was perhaps too much to eat, but that's rare in our house with 2 strapping lads to feed :rolleyes:

    Anything that is left over in the pans etc is always used, sometimes surplus has been made for my lunch, and it's usually me that ends up having the other leftovers for lunch
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    Hi there

    What!!!! you leave thing on your plate ..... its unheard of here

    I have finally got the hang of "proper" portions ..... both me and hubby naturally eat what is on our plate, and after 5 years of marriage i have recently mastered ....not cooking for 4 to feed 2 ... i still cook 4 portions and when it comes to serving up i have 2 plates...hubbies microwavable lunch box and a pot for the freezer and i serve up all 4.... this stops either of us we know "little pickers wear big knickers" ... and as we both need to lose some weight - an awful lot in my case...this helps..

    I wouldnt have a problem eating from hubbies plate or vice versa.... as long as it hadnt been mawled.... i guess i am a bit funny...same as i cant stand people reaching over and taking food off my plate - have been known to stab sis in the hand with my fork for this ...well she was warned:confused:

    On the other hand my SIL is sooo wastefull i have dickie fits.... i have been there when its suposed to be lasagne for tea...3 out of the 4 of them didnt want it, so she had hers and gave the rest to the dogs ... i guess they do have 3 hungry hounds...but blimey
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    • Newgirl
    • By Newgirl 2nd Sep 07, 3:23 PM
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    we have watched the end of packets of cold meats/half tubs of coleslaw or potato salad go straight in the bin because "there's only a couple of slices of ham left - not enough for a meal tomorrow"!!
    Originally posted by piglet6

    is right! what a waste!!! Send their leftovers to me!

    I pretty much always make more than we need so I can freeze it for busy days when we can't be bothered to cook. But even when I do this, we only serve up enough that we know we can finish and can always go back for seconds if we want more. So I wouldn't normally take things back from the plate as there wouldn't be any.

    Each to their own I think but, forgetting old style for a minute, it is good from a wastage point of view not to throw things away unless you have to. Very little foodstuff goes in our bin at all, so we don't have a problem with fortnightly collections

  • ceridwen
    Obviously - I do feel okay about using up leftovers that have been on a plate (but then its my own leftovers). If I have anyone round for a meal - then food is put in casserole dishes anyway for people to help themselves to the quantity they want and I find that most people will just take a smallish amount anyway in the first place and then go back for seconds when they have finished that (as they feel free to, as I deliberately make very generous quantities if I have guests - as I would be ashamed if they went away hungry).

    I am trying to train myself not to automatically eat everything on my plate just because its there - so as to save on eating too many calories.

    If I was more flush for money - then I probably wouldnt reheat food (in order to maximise the goodness from my food) - as I am conscious that even organic food probably doesnt have as much goodness in it as food used to have (because of the quality of the soil its grown in these days).
    Since money is still in short supply - then I do reheat food.
    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 2nd Sep 07, 3:49 PM
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    I often put my own leftovers in a pyrex dish for tomorrow's lunch. I do tend to get leftovers, as I always serve the same size portion out for myself and OH, which is daft really as he is 50% bigger and heavier than me.

    The only things I draw the line at is anything with cold congealed gravy on it, or chips that have been contaminated with salad cream.

    In principle though I abhor wastage of anything, considering the lengths I go to to economise and eke things out.
    • tiamai_d
    • By tiamai_d 2nd Sep 07, 4:08 PM
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    I'm of the view that keep whats left in the pots (after a chance of seconds), OH and I rarely leave leftovers (I know how hungry I am and he is 'never leave a scrap on the plate' type person. I won't scrape the kids plates though, I have seen the way they eat, messy little so and so's, plus they usually have gravy or sauce so it goes in the bin.

    I do make extra of anything that will freeze and get upset if it is all gone with nothing to go in the freezer!
  • dolly day dream
    I have just saved what was left from Sunday dinner - we serve it up in serving dishes cos the rule is - if you take it you eat it - that way I don't end up with contaminated (gravy etc) veg. The mash will be put onto a shepherds pie. The beans, carrots and parsnips are going into a veggie curry.

    I really hate throwing anything away and try to plan my cooking and shopping accordingly but of course on the other hand I would be mortified if anyone left my house hungry - you can guess that by the size of me so sometimes I have leftovers but no way are they binned.

    Incidently I got into this habit when I was working as a nanny to a very wealthy property developer. We ate the best of food and drank very good wine but food was always put into serving dishes and leftovers were saved again to be used for the next meal. Back then microwaves hadn't been invented (yes there was a time) and I had to put the veg with some butter into a saucepan and gently reheat. The food was also saved in large glass jars that could be reused and not thrown away. If it was good enough for people who had as much money as them I certainly don't see it as a status thing.

    The thing is we don't just pay the price in money for our food. Unless you grown your own it has been transported at a cost to the environment, the fertilisers add their own costs, if it has been imported there are additional costs both to the environment and the producers. I try to grow my own but am not really successfull at it but I will keep trying. I am not able to afford to buy organically and so I take the responsibility to use everything that comes into my kitchen as fully as I can.
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  • Hapless
    Think about it, on average 1/3rd of food bought in the UK is thrown away each day.
    If you spend £50 a week on food then that is the equivalent of £16.67 a week, or £866.67 a year !

    Now that is shocking!
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    • mrsmortenharket
    • By mrsmortenharket 2nd Sep 07, 5:11 PM
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    I don't keep stuff that is actually been on someones dinner plate.

    But I save leftovers from the pans.

    Any veg in the fridge looking past its best is souped!

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