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post #41 of 63
I guess I'd just take it with a sense of humor. I mean, the dip would probably skeeve me out, but the first thing I think of is my own grandmother--don't know how old your MIL is, but my grandmother was a child of the Depression and it really scarred her--she was extremely neurotic about food and waste (down to counting squares of toilet paper). But it came from a place of pain for her and people realized she did not mean to be rude or weird. I guess I wonder if your MIL might have similar mental/emotional stuff going.
post #42 of 63
I get why a dip that's been sitting out for hours with people touching it is gross. It would gross me out to eat off of that later, unless I was at the party and saw how it was handled. If it were a party I had, I might eat it depending on how long it sat out.

I don't necessarily think the issue here was saving food. I don't think anyone here would advocate wasting food. It seems like more of a food safety concern.

Whenever I eat at my grandma's house I get the creeps because I see her taking tiny tupperware containers out of the fridge and dumping them into whatever she's making. That's something I would do, but I don't know how long she's had the food sitting around. KWIM?
post #43 of 63
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Now that you mention it...I'm gluten free so I don't use it on things other than cooked. Dh uses it on toasted bagels. if you cut it up then it melts in less than a minute on it warm. If we didn't I probably still wouldn't leave it out. Our Dog has eaten entire sticks before
Our dog did that once too. We started putting the butter dish on top of the fridge, and she never managed to figure out how to get it from up there, although I'm sure given enough time she would have.

I love me some butter and spread it on something several times a day (DH and I joke that as wonderful as baguettes are, they're mostly a butter-to-mouth transport device ) so putting it in the fridge would be an absolute last resort for me.
post #44 of 63
I don't think it's gross, necessarily, but probably not something I would do.

Saving 2 green beans, on the other hand, is just weird.
post #45 of 63
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Saving 2 green beans, on the other hand, is just weird.
Interesting that saving food would be "weird". People would be astounded, really, by the amount of food they throw away, little bits at a time.

For anyone who thinks that saving two green beans is weird, I challenge you to, instead of throwing the edible food in the trash, to put it in a freezer container. You probably don't even realize how much is wasted.
post #46 of 63
I find it gross and would not eat it. The saving 2 green beans thing I don't find gross, just kinda sad.
post #47 of 63
I see nothing wrong with bringing left overs from a party from the night before and serving it. I mean, if you said she dug food out of the trash or took food off people's plates, sure, there is something wrong with it. But to simply serve left overs, no, that is normal, common, and most people do it.
post #48 of 63
With family, totally okay. I wouldn't serve it to company only because people have different standards and I respect that.

I save the little veggies and put them in a pyrex and put them in soup. Sorry. Or add the two green beans, saved in a container, to the green beans next week. I hate throwing food away. It has to be pretty nasty before I do, like ketchup and sour cream on it because of DD.

I keep butter in the fridge because of my KIDS, LOL! But yes, we leave it on the counter in a butter dish or otherwise covered. We eat it so fast it never goes bad.

You don't have to soften it each time. Using a cheese grater, on the fine grate, into a chilled measuring cup, also works.
post #49 of 63
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My MIL is very very cheap. She is extremely weird around food and will save two green beans in a small container. As she has aged, it has gotten worse.

Lately she has been doing something that really bugs me. She brings over an appetizer she served elsewhere that wasn't finished.

So for instance, she will bring over half a cream cheese type spread and the crackers left over from bridge night.

What do you all think? Appropriate or not?
I think this is a "to each his own" kind of situation. Personally I find that gross and I wouldn't eat it. If she is bringing it over as her contribution to a potluck, I think it's rude. If she just wants people to have a chance to finish it off then it's not rude in my opinion, but I still wouldn't want to eat it.
post #50 of 63
It wouldn't bother me if my mom brought a dip like that over, unless like most said, it was a formal gathering.

I grew up in a household that used butter bells and butter boats and the only butter in the fridge was for baking/dough. it would have to sit for weeks to go rancid and we are certainly not people to let a stick of butter it for weeks. I would love to find a butter dish like my mother has, it is round but her grocery stores sells round "bricks" of butter which I can never find.
post #51 of 63
The dip would bother me because it was probably unrefridgerated for
awhile. I have a weird hangup about dairy products being refridgerated. Leftover cake, some fruit, those wouldn't bother me as leftovers.
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post #52 of 63
I think it is very gross to bring over an appetizer that multiple hands have already touched and left bugs that have had the time to start multiplying.
post #53 of 63
i think it's totally gross. what if someone had herpes and double dipped? what if someone coughed over it and there's spit sprayed into it?

at least if it was at your party you'd have an idea of this, coming from somewhere else you don't.

also, if it's your thing to eat every little bit of food, i don't get why you would bring that over to someone's house rather than eat it yourself? especially if it's for a special dinner... wouldn't you want to bring something special?
post #54 of 63
So do you guys never eat at restaurants? WHAT IF one of the hoard of people that his touched and breathed on your food by the time it is at your table gave you the ebolas?

But seriously I get it. I get grossed out at the cake shows on tv at the sheer volume of bare hands rubbing those cakes non-stop. blech.
post #55 of 63
At work, we bring in leftovers all the time. Eggplant Parm, sausage & peppers, bufffalo chicken dip... you name it, we share it! It's a beautiful thing. IMO.
post #56 of 63
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i think it's totally gross. what if someone had herpes and double dipped? what if someone coughed over it and there's spit sprayed into it?

at least if it was at your party you'd have an idea of this, coming from somewhere else you don't.
An idea of what? Unless you spend the entire party staring at the dip, you aren't going to know if someone double dipped or sneezed. And I really doubt that most people would know if someone at a party they were at had herpes.

ETA: We keep our dog from eating our delicious, spreadable butter by keeping the butter dish in a cupboard.
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i think it's totally gross. what if someone had herpes and double dipped? what if someone coughed over it and there's spit sprayed into it?

at least if it was at your party you'd have an idea of this, coming from somewhere else you don't.
An idea of what? Unless you spend the entire party staring at the dip, you aren't going to know if someone double dipped or sneezed. And I really doubt that most people would know if someone at a party they were at had herpes.

ETA: We keep our dog from eating our delicious, spreadable butter by keeping the butter dish in a cupboard.


the type of herpes i'm talking about is a visual cold sore on someone's face. and yes, if someone was sneezing at my party i'd notice. especially if it was by the food table.

 

i have a hard time thinking that no one would care if someone's friend sneezed in their dip? really?

post #58 of 63

 

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i have a hard time thinking that no one would care if someone's friend sneezed in their dip? really?

 

Ya know... I guess the fact that we're at the park for hours a day, that my daughter goes to pre-school and DD2 licks DD1's shoes and then tries to feed me tortellini with her bare hands, that I never know if DD2 just came out of the bathroom, that DD1's has started forgetting to wash her hand after the bathroom and doesn't always tell me when she pees, the fact that DH is a medic and though he showers when he gets home, his clothes get washed with all of ours and though I wash and dry on the highest heat, I HAVE MY DOUBTS...

 

The dip my mom shared with her four retired friends is really, truly, the least of my worries.  Plus, what if you're at a party and someone sneezes on dip and you don't see it?

 

It's not that I'm not at all upset by it.  When I think about it, I get a little depressed.  LOL.  But I realize that so much is out of my control that I'm really okay with eating dip at a party... or after the party... whether I come in late, or mom brings it over.

 

I always try to be extra careful at parties to keep food clean and would never serve this to anyone but my very close family, whose habits I know.  But for my mom?  Meh.  She's a nurse.  If she hasn't already been exposed to that germ, it's only a matter of days... and as for me, I live with a petri dish.

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post #60 of 63

Some of you seriously hover around the food table at parties to "make sure" you know if someone double dipped or sneezed nearby so you can avoid said food? Seriously? You think just cause' you don't see 'visual sores' someone doesn't have oral herpes?? Seriously?? The paranoia over germs shown by large segments of the population just makes me laugh. It really does. Cause' theres no way you can avoid germs nearly as much as some seem to think.

 

And, just for the record, just cause' you can't see canker sores on someones face, doesn't mean they don't have them. And just because they don't have any today doesn't mean they don't get them sometimes. Theres no freaking way to tell who has oral herpes and who doesn't aside from asking. 

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