Cleaning out leftovers, hell, cleaning out the fridge in general used to be one of those things that you say, "yeah, I'm gonna' do that tomorrow.." Sort of like replacing the wiper blades on your car, okay maybe not your car but definitely mine. I wait until I'm in the middle of a hurricane before I'll finally pull into 'Auto Zone' and purchase them and then with any luck have the pizza faced, 14 yr. old, "I know nothing about vehicles what-so-ever" clerk come out into the torrential rains and put them on for me. Cleaning out my fridge was pretty much the same. I basically had two cleaning seasons on my fridge. When company's coming and when the holidays are approaching. Other than that it was always on that, "I'm gonna' do that tomorrow" list and trust me, if I ever came across something as moldy and disgusting as that photo, the whole container, plate, bowl, whatever, was tossed! Buying a new container is always easier than vomiting while cleaning out the "science experiments."
When the kids were young I wasn't quite so anal about cleaning out the leftovers in my fridge mainly because with 4 kids in the house, 3 of them being boys, left overs fell under the same catagory as money and toilet paper. You never had any! Unless it was, such as this photo above, sweet potatoes. My kids hated them and so did I! But I made them every Thanksgiving because I thought, how can you have the perfect "Currier & Ives" Thanksgiving table without those marshmellow topped sweet potatoes?? Or cranberries, another "science experiment" waiting to happen. But as my little birdies started to flee the nest I did notice the "science experiments" seemed to take flight as well. I suppose over the years I learned to cook only what people liked and would eat and now cleaning out the fridge hardly falls into the category of cleaning at all. It's just basically wiping down the shelves and organizing salad dressings.
Do you have any "science experiments" in your fridge? What do you do with them? Are you Martha Stewart ditching them after a day or do you even keep left overs? I was surprised at how many people don't, they just toss what they don't eat, which is something I have never been able to do. Wasting food was a huge no no in my house. What about the containers? Do you keep them or toss them? Annnd.. Have you ever returned a dish with a "science experiment" growing inside???