Leftovers …

When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” John 6:12-13

eatFriday 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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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