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By Bev Sobkowich
By Harlean from Arkansas
The second container is for chicken soup. I only add leftover chicken, chicken broth and veggies that you normally would find in chicken soup (carrots, peas, etc). When it's full, I put the frozen stuff in my soup pot and cover it with water and add 1 chicken bouillon cube for each quart of water. Simmer for an hour. Each batch is different because your leftovers are different.
Clean an empty container and place in your freezer door. Each night, add that spoonful of left over veggies you would have thrown out. When the container is full, make delicious vegetable soup. Just add meat, stock, and tomato (optional).
By Karen in Florida
By Jeane in Texas
I was cleaning out the refrigerator yesterday and had to throw out several containers of leftovers because they had spoiled. While doing that task, I was on the telephone talking with a friend. Her solution for storing leftovers is one I am beginning today. She stores all leftovers in plastic storage bags. I bought the inexpensive ziplock store brands this morning, two different sizes. I have one drawer designated for leftovers.
Now when someone is looking for something to heat up, they know the drawer to look in. This not only saves room on the shelves, but saves items having to be tossed because they were pushed to the back of the refrigerator and forgotten about. The ziplock bags can also be labeled, using a black marker with the contents and the date. By dating the bag, you can also put it in the freezer if you decide not to use it in a timely manner. I know this will be a money saver for our family and yours, too!
When I put leftovers in Tupperware containers, I use a wet erase marker to write the contents and date on the lid of the container. It stays on there until I wash the container, then it comes right off. I used to use Ziploc bags for leftovers so that I could write on the bags but this is cheaper and easier.
By Amanda from Horsham, PA
I used to hate the hassle of putting the left-overs away after our family get-togethers or reunions. I'd have lots of dishes to wash, dry, and put away, before I could sit and relax afterward. Then, I came up with the brilliant idea of pouring the left-overs in large or small plastic bags. I can get much more in the refrigerator this way, plus I don't have extra dirty dishes the next day.
To reheat them, I simply pour the food that was left over right into a dish to put them in to bake, cook, or whatever. It has saved me many, many hours of having to clean up things after a social get-together! Plus less time in the kitchen and more time to be with my family!
By Connie from Thomasville, GA
I came home and almost had a heart attack when I saw that my husband, a teacher, had written all over my precious tupperware with marker. Turns out he's brilliant. He had used one of the dry erase markers he always has in his pocket to write on the containers.
Making meals for my family usually leaves me with leftovers. I use my stock pile of Cool Whip bowls to keep the leftovers in the fridge. I can also write what's inside on the lid or the side.
Just take a piece of Scotch tape and a black felt marker and write in large letters what is in the container. You can also mark directly on the baggie, so it makes it easy for them to find what they want to eat.
When opening food items, I can easily remember what the item is by just tearing or cutting the label off the package. Then I slip the label under the lid of the leftover container that I am going to put the item in and close the lid on the label.
Whenever I travel, I take along an ice chest with 16 oz. bottles of frozen water, so I can save any left-over restaurant food. Many times I can make a meal out of them. Sometimes, I get to refreeze these bottles, when a hotel has a freezer in the room or at someone's house, that we may be visiting.