The Wall Street Journal is asking if leftovers are tasty or trash. Many people don’t eat their leftovers because they don’t think they’re all that delicious. Throwing leftovers in the trash can be costly financially. It’s estimated that a family of four throws away $500 to $2,000 in food each year.


That figure encompasses food that is bought and never gets touched before hitting the trashcan and also leftovers that get thrown away because many people think leftovers are no good.



I have been in a battle with leftovers for years myself. Sometimes I do really great at using the odds and ends in the fridge. Sometimes, I clean out the refrigerator and get disappointed with myself for what I’ve let go bad. It’s an ongoing battle — one that I’m not giving up on.


Over the years, I’ve blogged about using up leftovers. It seems like a good time to take a look back at some of those ideas:



If you have a specific leftover that you never know what to do with, let me know. I get a sort of geeky pleasure out of digging for ideas. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.