A common problem in every household or restaurant kitchen, especially those offering buffets, are leftovers. In our homes, these leftovers tend to crowd our refrigerators. We reheat them over and over again until the meat is too dry and tough, or the sauce has dried and the dish is almost tasteless. I know, it’s not appetizing anymore. The reason why we tend to keep leftovers in our fridge is, no, it’s not sentimental value, but it’s because of monetary value. We often think that throwing food away is throwing away money. That’s why we got into the habit of recycling leftovers. And now, we ask, how often should we recycle our leftovers?
It’s actually not the number of times we reuse them that matters. You can use leftovers for a new dish, provided they were prepared and stored hygienically. Bacteria in food breeds faster during the preparation and storage of food. Do you know that the number of bacteria doubles every 20 minutes? Improper handling of ingredients during production and improper storage can shorten the lifespan of food. Bottom line is if the food is not yet spoiled and still good to be used again, you actually can. But I suggest, you only do that once. For example, you can use your leftover roast chicken for pansit guisado. But that’s it. No more second or third recycling.
Handling and storing of food is very important in reusing or recycling ingredients for another dish. Well, it’s not really that bad to recycle cooked items, just make sure it’s still safe to eat and still flavorful.
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