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How do people end up leaving so much food out for extended periods?

So many posts on food left out overnight. How does this happen to so many hounds? It seems like people who value good food and enjoy cooking would not be the ones to forget to follow through and put it away. You spend your time and money on the food, eat half of it, then completely forget about it? I don't get it. Do you not clean your kitchen after dinner? Or even go in there for a glass of water at any period between dinner and bedtime and notice the pot on the stove? I can see forgetting to put food away if I'm really drunk or something, but that is not my usual state and hopefully not normal for most of us...

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  1. We have a warming oven, and though this rarely happens, sometimes I don't realize that my husband has left stuff in there...

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    1. re: roxlet

      Ahhh, sneaky spouses, that must be the problem!

    2. Don't always clean the kitchen after dinner.
      Get glass of water from bathroom.
      Expect someone else to put away the food.

      It's not that hard to do.

      1. We often assume other one has taken care of it.

        1. I think it's related to alcohol or sex, usually both. When I survey my home on Sunday morning and it resembles an indoor landfill, I expect everyone had a good time. Next step before cleanup is determining who is still in the house.

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          1. re: Veggo

            Both = best reason. Who cares about leftovers when preoccupied?

            1. re: EM23

              Besides, that covered pot of aphrodisiacal elixir (aka soup) will be Just. Fine. on the stovetop overnight. Just get on with the other stuff.

            2. re: Veggo

              Ha! reading the post's title, I was thinking along the same lines. However, I'm not sure I would have written such a concise, succinct response...

              1. re: Veggo

                I was gonna clean the kitchen...but then I got high.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    And when the munchies kick in, there is food readily available. *grin*

                    I'm with everyone else; sh!t happens. We don't always take care of things right away.

              2. It's just an oversight--many of us have busy lives, busy careers, etc., and it's easy to overlook something. Not much different than forgetting where you placed your keys. I've done it and, yes, I DO clean my kitchen.

                Or alcohol or sex, as per Veggo.