Love Your Leftovers – Takeaways


Love Your Leftovers – Takeaways


Takeaways. We buy them, we eat them. Then there may or may not be leftovers. Our takeaways are usually of the Indian variety and there is often several spoonfuls of sauce left in the container. Any use left in that? And what about all that aluminium in the containers.

Haven’t explored ideas for leftovers for other types of takeaway yet, will add that in later

Here are some other possible uses

  • Very clean containers could be taken on trips to use as dog water bowls, the dog might like to make it very clean by licking it out!
  • They could be used to plant seeds in
  • Or as disposable cooking trays on a BBQ or whilst camping
  • You could use a well washed tray or two as cake tins to bake cakes, tray bakes or small loaves
  • Or store things in, in the fridge

As to the last scrapings of curry, I have used these in various ways, depending on how much there is of it. Sometimes, I chuck it all in a pot, rinse out the containers and put the rinse water in too and make soup with it. It’s gorgeous! Add more vegetables, and/or lentils if you like. Or if you just have a little, add it to the next soup you make for a different flavour. Great as a jacket potato topping, or purée it all up, add to soft cheese and use as a sandwich filling or as a pasta sauce.

Or if there is enough to make it work, to create a whole new Indian meal with it, chop a handful of potatoes, no need to peel, add onions and fry in some oil until cooked. Add the leftovers, and some peas, heat and serve.

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  1. Lesley

    I usually use the transparent plastic ones from a Chinese takeaway, but yes, they are both great for individual portions.

    I’ve given up with the whole DP/DH thing, and just refer to him as Mike now!

  2. Kevin

    As for Indian leftovers, sounds like a suitable breakfast for DH (or is it DP)

  3. Kevin

    I always save foil containers to freeze portions of soup or stew for home made ready meals. The containers stack nicely in the freezer and are just the right size for a decent portion.

  4. Lesley

    I need to have a think about other types of takeaway as well

  5. Pellrider

    We usually re-use the foil containers. But, now a days everything comes in white foam containers. That is difficult to reuse. May be good for planting seeds.

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