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Foods you refuse to eat as leftovers?

Not things that are dangerous or inedible to eat the day-after.

Rather, things you simply don't find palatable as leftovers -- something you refuse to eat on a purely, subjective level.

For me, I simply cannot stand leftover fried rice. Dunno why, probably because fried rice is already sort of like a leftover dish since it's usually, and best, made with day-old rice.

Reheated leftover fried rice inevitably tends to be grainier, less fluffy, with a more pronounced oily aftertaste. Just not very good.

And cold fried rice is just a nonstarter.

What's on your refuse-to-eat-as-leftover list?

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  1. but a microwave dies lovely things to old fried rice

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    1. re: thew

      I like to revamp my old pork fried rice by making a jambalya out of it. The hot spices overpower the chinese taste. I just add chicken or shrimp, chicken stock, green pepper (it already had enough onion), diced tomoto with chilies and the jambalaya spice. Let it simmer for awhile and you have a yummy new dish to eat for dinner!

      1. re: thew

        I've been reading this post for three days and I could not think of anything other than the fried foods many have indicated and thinking I disagree with most everything els of what others have stated....but it just hit me....

        Liver of any kind......I'm not talking about spreads or pate...but just plain old cooked liver. I came to this realization as I have just prepared a dish of Sauteed Chicken Livers for lunch. Now that the livers have cooled.....I just can't stand the hard edges texturally.

      2. can't stand cold pizza or reheated leftover pizza. For me it's gotta be fresh out of the brick oven.

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        1. re: smartie

          I'm with you on the pizza. If it's not piping hot, I can't stand it. Even room temperature is off putting to me. Fortunately, my kids do not feel the same way. They will scarf up every last piece right out of the fridge.

          1. re: baseballfan

            Cold pizza for breakfast is the best!

            1. re: kchurchill5

              So there...LOVE cold pizza for breakfast!!!!!

                1. re: kchurchill5

                  Agreed wholeheartedly. I think I look forward to leftover next-morning pizza as much as I do fresh pizza! I always order enough to ensure I get my breakfast treat!

                2. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                  yes! Can't imagine cutting half the pleasure out of my pizza by not eating the rest of it cold for brunch

                1. re: jchamberlain

                  Hey, when I'm getting pizza delivered I always order more than I can eat - a whole 16" large pizza for one, for example - because I know from experience that frozen slices from a great local pizzeria that I reheat in the toaster oven are far better than any commercial frozen pizza I've ever had.

                  1. re: BobB

                    there's a double-edged sword ! I did this once or twice with good intentions to freeze and reheat, and instead, ended up eating more than I should have.

                  2. re: jchamberlain

                    We reheat left over 'Za for break or lunch in our cast iron skillet; makes the crust hot & crispy again.

                  1. re: smartie

                    Agreed - cold pizza (and especially the next morning for breakfast) is just an abomination. Can't even look at the congealed cheese.

                    Fried chicken (not that I eat it all that often) is another "I can't eat it the next day" item for me - either cold or reheated. Also - french fries.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Cold fried chicken is the bees knees. I used to sometimes buy fried chicken purely so I could stick it straight in the fridge and enjoy cold fried chicken the next day. Granted, it's not as good as hot but it's almost a different dish when cold.

                      Leftover french fries on the other hand ... Binned. There is just no coming back from the dead with fries.

                      1. re: Tsar_Pushka

                        Reading what I originally wrote - I *could* eat fried chicken again the next day - but it would have to be properly reheated and, hopefully, the crispy coating would be crispy again (perhaps a reheat in the oven).

                        1. re: Tsar_Pushka

                          Gotta agree on the cold fried chicken. My older brother used to work at KFC and I remember those years so fondly because there was always a bucket of extra crispy chicken waiting for me in the fridge.

                          1. re: soypower

                            I didn't think that a Sunday picnic would ever be complete without cold fried chicken- that is why God invented tupperware and paper towels...

                      2. re: smartie

                        Blasphemy! I sometimes order an extra pizza just to make sure some is left for breakfast!

                      3. Fried rice and Pizza??? Are you guys insane? I can't think of anything better as leftovers! Maybe I'm the insane one...

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                        1. re: Clarkafella

                          No, I'm with you on both.

                          Steamed rice, however, is IMO terrible leftover.

                          1. re: tatamagouche

                            I see nothing wrong with either of the above. I can make left overs into other meals that don't resemble the first meal. I hate to toss out good usable food. With a little imagination you can turn it into something very good.

                            1. re: scubadoo97

                              I can take 3 meals+ and make something completely new.

                              The other day I took left over rice from one dinner, left over grilled veggies from another, some frozen smoked chicken from a couple of weeks ago, chicken stock just a little left with some canned help and threw in some roasted tomatoes from a dish 4 days ago. Chicken soup was amazing. A smoky wild rice with grilled veggie topped with a sliced baguette which I topped with a smoky gouda and melted (also leftover from last week, I just froze the bread). I didn't serve eight but made 3-4 nice size bowls. I did have to add some fresh herbs and a little garlic, but otherwise, done.

                              Leftovers rock!

                            2. re: tatamagouche

                              Both steamed rice or fried, they're my favorite for using the next
                              day with eggs. I make a big pan of reheated rice in sesame oil, throw in a few eggs,
                              onions, peppers, some hot sauce to finish, makes a big mess. Yummy.

                              1. re: tatamagouche

                                You use the leftover steamed rice to make new fried rice. I do that a lot. Especially morning fried rice with extra scrambled egg.

                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                  take the left over steamed rice add soy,eggs and onions and stir fry (fried rice) and pizza with hot sauce for breakfast IMHO the best life has to offer

                                1. re: mcel215

                                  Oooooh, leftover spaghetti makes the most wonderful frittata....pasta frittata....yum!

                                    1. re: laliz

                                      Saute leftover spaghetti in a good amount of butter, for a whole new dish. If it gets a little crispy, then that's a bonus.

                                      1. re: coll

                                        Putting a little freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley with the sauted pasta is wonderful. The parm gets really gooey and delish!

                                        1. re: cookieluvntasha

                                          Plain ol' butter and parm on leftover plain pasta is a great sauce too. Just add a little pepper. We should make up a fancy name for it, everyone eats it right up and never asks what it actually is.

                                          1. re: coll

                                            I don't think I said it was plain. I just said leftover spaghetti.

                                            1. re: mcel215

                                              So try it sometime, it's good. I do it both ways.

                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                Mmm, I love cold, tomato-saucy spaghetti the next day!!

                                        2. re: laliz

                                          My spaghetti wouldn't make it to a frittata, I would devour it before. I love it too, better the second day.

                                      2. Boiled dumplings. Potstickers can sometimes be salvaged, but boiled dumplings stick together, or the dough on the bottom falls off, or parts of the dough become hard...ick. And if you microwave them, they make an ungodly smell that horrifies even lovers of stinky tofu.

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