Leftovers: 6 (Six) Tips for Storing & Support Your Budget

Even if your not on a budget only the most callus would throw away perfectly good food just because it is a leftover. When you are working with a budget, the saving you get by doing so is paramount.

Leftovers are one way of save on the cost of feeding your family. Cooking a favorite meal? You can use the leftovers for lunch the next day at work or at school.

Leftovers: The Joy of What’s Left

Have you ever heard someone remark that a meal, such as spaghetti, tastes even better the next day? A favorite acronym when I was growing up was YMCA or Yesterdays Meal Cooked Again. Unless you weren’t looking forward to it; in which case it was Yesterdays Muck Cooked Again.

The joy comes in being able to enjoy this food. That won’t be likely to happen if it is not stored properly after the initial meal. Proper storage of meal leftovers prevents food borne illnesses from spoilage. Here are 6 tips to for Storing Leftovers:

  1. Divide and conquer – It’s natural to put everything together in the same container
    Leftovers: Image of Leftover Pie

    Leftovers: Some taste even better the next day

    when you have finished a great meal made of several elements. By packaging them separately in the appropriate containers means the flavors are retained and food that was meant to be moist stays moist whilst not moistening those element that are meant to stay relatively dry.

  2. Remove stuffing – When storing food with stuffing or filling, remove it first before refrigeration or freezing. Pack them separately for storage.
  3. Don’t wait too long – Get everything into the refrigerator or freezer as soon as you can. The longer you leave leftovers the higher the risk of having the food spoil and spoiled food helps no ones budget. Also, when using leftovers from the refrigerator, three or four days is usually the limit.
  4. Make sure lids are secure – Always use containers that have seal-able lids. Choosing containers with appropriate lids helps keep your meals as good as the day they were made.
  5. Use serving size portions – If you are freezing a large amount of one meal, use several storage containers. This allows you to only heat up what you want to use without the need to continually reheat excess amounts, only to refrigerate it again. Constantly reheating and refrigerating food increases the risk of the food being spoiled.

Leftovers help save on your groceries. More than that, many foods taste even better the second time around. With a bit of creativity you can even turn it into something altogether new that you may want to try to repeat.



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