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Jun 28, 2011 09:40 AM

The leftover dilemma

I hate throwing out food but there are some things that are hard to keep/reheat. What do you do w/:

1) dressed salad

2) fish

3) steak

4) if you have enough cookie dough to make 3-4 cookies but the tray is full and you can't make the cookies any larger, what do you do w/ the remainder?

5) leftover frosting when you don't plan on baking any time soon

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  1. 1- i try and eat asap..or as a snack later that night...
    2-depends on the fish
    3-never have leftover steak....
    4-eat it
    5...usually never have leftover frosting...but the little that does remain in the bowl usually disappears somehow................

    1. 1. I make sure never to have leftover dressed salad.

      2. Fish cakes

      3. Composed salad, like a tuna ni├žoise, but with sliced steak. If am not home, husband loads up some of our homemade French bread with the steak, mustard and some cheese and eats over the sink.

      4/5. N/A. Not a sweets person

      1. dressed salad will hold a day or two, but i rarely have that issue.

        fish and steak can go over salad, into breakfast eggs, or in a stir-fry.

        cook off the cookie dough, even if just a few on a pan, or freeze it for next time.

        left-over frosting? your cake needs more frosting then!

        1. With fish, it depends on what type and what sort of sauce it's in, etc. Cakes are a good option, or throw onto a lunch salad. You can also do some good dips with different fish.

          With steak, it depends on how well cooked it is. I like medium rare, which means it does reheat better. If you cook it to nearly well, I think all hope is lost. I refer to reheat it in liquid. So, thinly slice it - VERY thinly - then place in a pan of gentle simmering flavored broth just to re-heat. Remove and pile on a hoagie with sauteed onions and mushrooms for a great sandwich.

          Cookie dough - place on parchment and freeze. Once they are frozen, throw them in a freezer bag. You can bake them later - even just one when you need it!

          1. I eat the salad in a pita pocket to soak up the dressing, and add a couple of fresh vegs for crunch.

            I don't save fish.

            I make quesadillas or burritos with leftover steak. Sometimes I make a steak salad. I also freeze it and use it as above in a month or two.

            Wait until the first batch is baked, then plop the remaining dough on the sheet and bake them too.

            I don't make frosting much, but you can use it to frost storebought muffins.

            3 Replies
            1. re: Phurstluv

              I don't reheat fish, but it is great in salads or just on crackers.

              1. re: firecooked

                Reheated fish just doesn't work for me, I can't really explain it but it just doesn't appeal to me.

                I like it cold just fine. Never thought about crackers, will keep that in mind.

                1. re: cleobeach

                  I know for me its the memory of the smell of reheated fish in the microwaves at work!