Originally Posted by Amylcd
We don't keep leftovers for most foods.
What do you do with them, then? Compost?
We have gotten very, very good about only putting a small serving of each item on our plate. And I leave the food in the kitchen, not on the dining table in front of us. Helps us eat less (us grown ups, lol), and the kids are free to go back and get more of something *if they eat everything, or almost everything else first*. If there are a few bites between all the plates (there is NEVER more than this) after we are done, and no one wants it, it goes to the chickens. And I do not consider that waste. What DOES bother me, though, is to see someone serve their child (or themselves!) an unreasonable amount of food and then throw it away, or even scrape it into the compost. My dh works way too hard to make money for this food, and I work way too hard cooking it, and we ALL work way too hard raising it, butchering it, growing it, harvesting it, and processing it to let waste happen!!
As far as leftovers in the pot or casserole dish, those go in the fridge to be eaten for lunch the next day (dh takes lunch to work, and the kids and I eat here every day). If they don't get eaten for lunch, they will likely morph into something new for supper the next night. Or I freeze, or dehydrate!
Tell me more about these 'leftover soups'. Do you just dump ANYTHING in there, or do you do, say meat, grain, and veggies? I mean, would anyone dump a wad of, oh...spinach artichoke casserole in the pot? I read somewhere about keeping a container in the freezer and all leftovers go in there and then are made into soup. Some things I can't wrap my head around, though, so help me out, lol!
I do keep a container of 'good' veggie scraps for stock in the freezer.