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Leftovers... I can't be the only one, right?

KainKain Posts: 16
edited August 2013 in Off Topic
I cook enough (most of the time just SWMBO and me) to have plenty of leftovers. Maybe I'm crazy, but I more often than not actually prefer leftovers over food that just came off the grill. I love smokey flavor, and having time in the fridge seems to let the smoke and meat/veggies intermingle more and take them to 11. I tend to reheat leftovers in the oven to not dry them out.

Am I alone on this one?
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  • I doubt it. I enjoy leftovers too! Maybe not more than when something is first prepared but, often just as much. Just depends on what the leftovers are. I'll often use leftovers to make something "else" or use them for pizza toppings.
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,768
    I can not stand them.  never taste the same reheated.  Most of the time I throw out leftovers. 

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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,051
    I am not a leftover person
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,776
    Love leftovers. Somethings are better than others. lately, I've been cooking up big batches of chicken on Sunday for lunches throughout the week. Would like to do it with fish, but worried about how it will hold up.

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  • I guess I am one of the few that are different here... I always cook more than needed (we almost always have people over) and I always give away all leftovers. The only leftovers I eat are Thai food and my moms baked mac and cheese, as I think they are both better the 2nd time around.

    -KCCO



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  • Griffin said:
    Love leftovers. Somethings are better than others. lately, I've been cooking up big batches of chicken on Sunday for lunches throughout the week. Would like to do it with fish, but worried about how it will hold up.
    Other than salmon I generally do not cook enough fish for leftovers.
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  • TonyATonyA Posts: 564
    The only leftovers that get consumed in my house is pulled pork and if there's london broil sliced it will make its way on top of a salad or into a quesadilla.  I say I'll make chicken salad out of leftover chicken but it seldom happens.  I do grill chicken breasts up front for the week for the sheriff and the kids' lunch.

    If you spend a lot of time tending your smoker - you probably enjoy smokey leftovers because you aren't all up in smoke all day and desensitized to it.
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  • Griffin said:
    Love leftovers. Somethings are better than others. lately, I've been cooking up big batches of chicken on Sunday for lunches throughout the week. Would like to do it with fish, but worried about how it will hold up.
    Other than salmon I generally do not cook enough fish for leftovers.

    I use leftover salmon in salads quite a bit.  My favorite is with ceasar dressing.  Especially this time of year with fresh veggies from the garden.

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  • KainKain Posts: 16
    I should clarify that it depends on what it is: steak and seafood I enjoy more the first time around because reheating will overcook; wings, spatchcock, and anything low 'n slow are better the next day.

    Question to those that hate leftovers: did you grow up eating leftovers? My mom hates cooking and it was mostly just her and me, so she'd cook in quantity and live on leftovers on off nights.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,227

    "Left-overs, it's what's for lunch".  Especially during the week-and always taste great-change it up a bit and enjoy. 

    Louisville
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924
    thanksgiving i cook two turkeys just to have one left over. why cook a small ham when i can cook a big ham. for sunday dinner i m ight cook 16 thighs just to eat one or two for dinner. ill cook meatloaf just for sandwiches for the week cause i like it better cold. was planning on some leftover spare ribs this week but ate the whole rack myself
    :D whats better than eating cold spare ribs and cracking open a beer for a monday night supper
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,221
    Huge amounts of left overs just keeps me from cooking...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 1,524

    Really looking forward to leftovers from the roast pork I did Monday.  Slice up a bunch, warm it gently, yeah!

    Then more sliced up for cold sandwiches; finally, sliced and cut into strips for Chinese noodles.

    Love leftover pork!

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,352
    edited August 2013
    I definitely enjoy some things better as leftovers.  I hate to admit it- but pulled pork is one of them.  I like the taste of fresh pulled pork, but I think I like it a little better after it has been sitting in the fridge. I have had friends and family tell me the same thing.  I made a couple of butts once for a get together and we all ate, and I sent lots home foodsaver bags.  A few people told me they liked it even better after reheating. 

    Like @fishlessman I eat lots of things cold.  Spaghetti, leftover Chinese, beef, salmon, etc.  I grilled chicken breast on Monday night and ate one cold right out of a zip-loc bag on Tuesday.  I guess it seems odd but we eat "cold cuts" all the time so I don't see much difference.  My wife thinks I am odd, but many things are better cold than reheated. 

    Just to clarify- pulled pork is not one of the things that I find can be enjoyed cold :).  The fat usually re-coagulates and must be melted again. 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,340
    We plan most meals with the idea of having leftovers, either for lunch, or a for a second dinner.  Sometimes it is enough for two full meals (e.g. whole turkey).  Other times leftovers from two different cooks become the third meal.  Some things are good leftover when carefully reheated and just get eaten the way they were cooked. Others morph into stuffing for burritos or adders into pasta, salad, or pizza toppings.
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,262
    i do a batch of chicken every sunday night for lunches through the week.  I usually just salt and pepper it so it can go on a salad, a sandwich, in an omlette etc.  Other than that we don't make a ton of food because its just 2 of us.  Pulled pork is about the only cooked meat we will freeze.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924
    some things you just need leftovers for, pulled pork for abt's, a smoked ham for maybe ham and potato au gratin, smoked turkey and duck for the gumbo, how do you make a descent lobster roll without some precooked lobstah. then theres all those deli meats if you have a slicer, sliced meatloaf, sliced pastrami, sliced ham, sliced roastbeef, sliced roast pork. i guess those arent called leftovers,....ummmm....precooked items
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924
    imagine the horrors of eating this saterday night

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    then having to choke this down on the boat sunday afternoon

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,150
    I greatly enjoy leftovers. Like you said, flavors intermingle and become more pronounced the second time around with many dishes. There are certain things I never reheat, like fish and shell fish. If it is something like steak, I typically slice it up and make a pan sauce to warm it in. I repurpose everything else. This saves time during the week. For example, I used pork chops I grilled on Sunday in a stir fry last night. Good stuff with fresh vegetables from the garden and wild rice.
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  • Love the leftovers personally - I agree that it seems that there is more smokey flavour - this could be due to the fact I am not bbqing just before eating the leftovers :)
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  • imagine the horrors of eating this saterday night

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    then having to choke this down on the boat sunday afternoon

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    Looks like you got some lobster in your mayo... :D
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,150
    Love the leftovers personally - I agree that it seems that there is more smokey flavour - this could be due to the fact I am not bbqing just before eating the leftovers :)
    This is part of it. You get "numb" to the smoke flavor while standing next to the Egg.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924
    imagine the horrors of eating this saterday night

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    then having to choke this down on the boat sunday afternoon

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    Looks like you got some lobster in your mayo... :D
    sometimes i just eat mayo straight from the jar
    :D after a jar of mayo is opened, is the rest leftovers
    :))
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,352
    I'm envious of the Lobstah rolls.  The price of lobster down here, I have to spend about $20 to make one sammich like that.  


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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,924

    I'm envious of the Lobstah rolls.  The price of lobster down here, I have to spend about $20 to make one sammich like that.  
    its down below 4 bucks a pound up here right now, someones making a killing getting lobsters out of newengland. with the low prices alot of the lobster fisherman are selling direct from there houses to make ends meet. im betting further up its less than 3 bucks a pound
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  • KainKain Posts: 16
    Love the leftovers personally - I agree that it seems that there is more smokey flavour - this could be due to the fact I am not bbqing just before eating the leftovers :)
    Y'know, I never thought about it like that, but it makes perfect sense.

    Man, I miss inexpensive lobster. We celebrated our anniversary last year in Portland, ME and gorged ourselves silly on fresh lobstah for 1/3 the price of it here in DC.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,150
    Don't worry @Kain.  Blue crab is better anyway.  ;)
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  • msloanmsloan Posts: 259
    not a fan of leftovers most of the time.
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  • Letz4wheelLetz4wheel Posts: 235
    Leftovers? Not me. That is why I have a father in law.
    Southern Indiana
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  • I hate leftovers.

    John - SLC, UT

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