“When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” John 6:12-13
Friday following Thanksgiving day is leftover day in America. I like to believe Jesus implemented the idea of eating leftover… the disciples gathered leftovers after the feeding of the 5000. You may wonder, How could there be leftovers with such a large crowd? I am guessing people did not gorge themselves as we tend to do, especially at a Thanksgiving feast.
I have a sensitive digestive system and need to be extremely careful with eating leftover food. William Stallings, MS, RD, clinical dietitian at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, set up a “2-2-4” formula as a guideline for the storing and consuming of leftover food:
- 2 hours. Store all leftovers in the refrigerator or freeze no more than two hours after cooking. If food has been out more than two hours, toss it.
- 2 inches. Use shallow containers, about two inches deep, to store food. This will allow it to cool quickly and evenly, foiling pesky bacteria.
- 4 days. Eat leftovers within four days. Holiday food kept longer than that should be thrown out. Freeze anything that is not going to be used within four days
I play baseball rules: If in 3 days I haven’t eaten a leftovers item, I throw it out, especially chicken or turkey. I know people who don’t eat leftovers. I think they are crazy!
Lord, forgive us when we waste food by eating too much or tossing it out. Amen.