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Claire Lower Claire Lower Jan 15, 2020. 17 comments

Turn Leftover Mashed Potatoes Into a Delicious Dip

Turn Leftover Mashed Potatoes Into a Delicious Dip

There’s a fine line between a hot dip and a casserole. Both have golden brown tops and creamy interiors, but the difference lies in how you transport them to your mouth. If you can use a chip or a cracker as a delivery system, it’s a dip—that’s the rule.

Meal Prep Potatoes By Par-Cooking Them in the Instant Pot

One of the most challenging things about meal planning is predicting what future...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Jan 14, 2020. 17 comments

The Best Way to Reheat French Fries

The Best Way to Reheat French Fries

Cold french fries are seemingly one of the few leftover foods that cannot be salvaged. Once a fry starts to cool, the water inside the fluffy starch granules moves out towards the crust, rendering the insides of the fry grainy and the outsides mushy. It’s a truly terrible situation.

Cook SPAM in Your Waffle Maker

I have always been suspicious of artists who claim they can’t create anything of...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Dec 19, 2019. 10 comments

The Best Way to Prep Leftover Meat for a Salad

The Best Way to Prep Leftover Meat for a Salad

One of my favorite cold-weather meal formats is a big hunk of roasted meat, served with a starchy side and some sort of green or fresh plant matter. I usually have leftovers of the roasted meat, which I almost never reheat, because I cooked it perfectly the first time, damn it. (Could I reheat using my immersion circulator? Yes, but that takes some time and I rarely think to start cooking...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Dec 03, 2019. 5 comments

Pile Your Thanksgiving Leftovers on Nachos

Pile Your Thanksgiving Leftovers on Nachos

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving, which means you’re probably sick of leftovers—but not quite ready to go back to normal food yet. The solution, my friends, is nachos .

This Nacho-Stacking Method Ensures Every Bite Is Just as Delicious as the First

Nachos are one of the world’s most perfect foods, but some attention must be paid to format. To…

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 28, 2019. 10 comments

Make These Parm-Crusted Waffles With Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Make These Parm-Crusted Waffles With Leftover Mashed Potatoes
The Right StuffingThe Right StuffingIt's turkey time, which means you may or may not be freaking out about how to prepare the biggest meal of the year. Don't worry, we here at Lifehacker have you covered with The Right Stuffing, featuring tips, tricks, and many, many recipes to make sure you have the easiest, tastiest Thanksgiving possible.Prev Next View All

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 26, 2019. 15 comments

Store Your Thanksgiving Leftovers in Soup Containers From the Restaurant Supply Store

Store Your Thanksgiving Leftovers in Soup Containers From the Restaurant Supply Store
The Right StuffingThe Right StuffingIt's turkey time, which means you may or may not be freaking out about how to prepare the biggest meal of the year. Don't worry, we here at Lifehacker have you covered with The Right Stuffing, featuring tips, tricks, and many, many recipes to make sure you have the easiest, tastiest Thanksgiving possible.Prev Next View All

Thanksgiving leftovers are not...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 22, 2019. 8 comments

Turn Leftover Stuffing Into Crispy, Cheesy Waffles

Turn Leftover Stuffing Into Crispy, Cheesy Waffles

Thanksgiving leftovers are a recipe genre in their own right and, though I love a sandwich, it does not hurt to have some other, slightly more innovative leftover strategies at the ready. This is particularly true if you want to eat your leftovers for breakfast.

Pumpkin Icebox Cake Is a Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert for Lazy People

Icebox cakes are not a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Sep 24, 2019. 6 comments

Save That Pasta Water

Save That Pasta Water

Reheating leftover pasta can be tricky. Splashing it with a bit of water can help loosen things up, but if you really want to revive a clump of stiff, dried-out noodles, you’ll need to save a little bit of your pasta cooking water.

How to Make Creamy Pasta Dishes Without Any Dairy 

A big bowl of hot pasta, each strand perfectly coated in a creamy sauce, is perhaps the perfect…

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Aug 01, 2019. 2 comments

Make Popsicles Out of Your Leftover Smoothies

Make Popsicles Out of Your Leftover Smoothies

I used to make a lot of smoothies for my son when he was younger. My go-to recipe was bananas, frozen blueberries, greek yogurt, milk or orange juice, spinach and flaxseed. He loved it fresh out of the blender. But I’d always have a bit leftover, and once it had been stored in the fridge for a while, he turned his nose up at it.

I can’t say I blamed him. The pretty purple color from the...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Jul 12, 2019. 12 comments

Make the Ultimate Hungover Brunch With Leftover Party Snacks

Make the Ultimate Hungover Brunch With Leftover Party Snacks

The morning after a party can be rough, particularly if you crave a decadent, savory brunch to soak up all the booze you ingested, and find yourself surrounded by nothing but leftover party snacks and ungrateful guests. But, as long a you have eggs, you can use leftover tortilla chips and queso (or potato chips and spinach dip) to make salty, cheesy Spanish omelet. That, combined with the hair...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Jul 05, 2019. 5 comments

Make Perfect Croutons From Leftover Hamburger Buns

Make Perfect Croutons From Leftover Hamburger Buns

Nobody in the history of the world has ever brought precisely enough buns for a barbecue —either they run out in an hour, or the host gets to figure out what to do with 48 leftover hot dog buns. If the latter sounds like you today, you can use those extra buns to make some truly excellent croutons .

How to Make Croutons With Whatever Stale Bread You Happen to Have

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Apr 24, 2019. 8 comments

Add Leftover Salad to Your Scrambled Eggs

Add Leftover Salad to Your Scrambled Eggs
Eating Trash With ClaireThe series where Claire Lower convinces you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious  

It is easy to get overenthusiastic at the salad bar. I tend to both overestimate my appetite and underestimate the filling nature of fiber, and thus usually end up with at least half a cup of salad that is fully dressed with nowhere to go. Unless it’s made...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Dec 28, 2018. 14 comments

Your Leftover Ham Bone Is Destined for Red Beans and Rice

Your Leftover Ham Bone Is Destined for Red Beans and Rice

The time between Christmas and New Year’s is a strange one. Things feel oddly festive and slightly depressing at the same time, I never know what day it is, and I am so, so tired of food. Not only am I tired of the holiday leftovers in my fridge, I’m tired of thinking about food in general. Obviously, the solution to my food-related problems is more food, and that food is red beans and...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Dec 04, 2018. 13 comments

You Should Serve Leftovers at Your Next Dinner Party

You Should Serve Leftovers at Your Next Dinner Party

Make-ahead entrées are a godsend during holiday entertaining season, but for some reason, it’s not the default technique for special-occasion meals. It really should be: not only is a day-old hearty braise easier on the host, but it actually tastes better than it does fresh from the oven.

What Makes the Best Leftovers?

When I was in school, I didn’t think of restaurant food in terms of...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 24, 2018. 4 comments

Turn That Last Bit of Leftover Turkey Into a Cheesy Casserole

Turn That Last Bit of Leftover Turkey Into a Cheesy Casserole
Will It Casserole?The column where we take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as casserole creations  

If I had to pick one casserole to eat for the rest of my life, it would be chicken—or in this case, turkey—spaghetti. This thing is a cheesy, kitschy, condensed-soup-soaked masterpiece. It is a casserole in the truest sense of the word, and it is a great vehicle for even the saddest...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Nov 23, 2018. 5 comments

Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Dumplings

Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Dumplings
The Right StuffingIt's turkey time, which means you may or may not be freaking out about how to prepare the biggest meal of the year. Don't worry, we here at Lifehacker have you covered with _The Right Stuffing_, featuring tips, tricks, and many, many recipes to make sure you have the easiest, tastiest Thanksgiving possible.  

When you’re staring down the barrel of days-old Thanksgiving...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 23, 2018. 12 comments

Stuff Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Crunchwrap

Stuff Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Crunchwrap
The Right StuffingIt's turkey time, which means you may or may not be freaking out about how to prepare the biggest meal of the year. Don't worry, we here at Lifehacker have you covered with _The Right Stuffing_, featuring tips, tricks, and many, many recipes to make sure you have the easiest, tastiest Thanksgiving possible.  

Gather ‘round, my little trash pandas, for I have a treat for you....

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Nov 13, 2018. 9 comments

Make a Boozy Cranberry Slush With Just Two Ingredients

Make a Boozy Cranberry Slush With Just Two Ingredients
The Right StuffingIt's turkey time, which means you may or may not be freaking out about how to prepare the biggest meal of the year. Don't worry, we here at Lifehacker have you covered with _The Right Stuffing_, featuring tips, tricks, and many, many recipes to make sure you have the easiest, tastiest Thanksgiving possible.  

I don’t know that anyone has ever run out of cranberry sauce during...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Oct 02, 2018. 17 comments

Write the Date on Everything in Your Fridge

Write the Date on Everything in Your Fridge

Most leftovers last four days in the fridge , but do you really remember whether that takeout is from Friday or from Saturday? And here are the meatballs from yesterday—or wait, are they from the batch you made last week? Get in the habit of dating your food, and you can stop wondering.

All you have to do is write today’s date on any leftovers that go into the fridge. After four days, you know...

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A.A. Newton A.A. Newton Sep 26, 2018. 3 comments

Turn That Last Bit of Marinated Salad Into a Cocktail

Turn That Last Bit of Marinated Salad Into a Cocktail

Savory cocktails are having a moment, but the fancy concoctions you see in magazines always seem to involve three custom infusions and a hand-crafted garnish. If that’s not quite your style, check your fridge—you might already have what you need for complex, savory adult beverages.

You Should Add Vinegar to Your Cocktails

Vinegar is an indispensable kitchen liquid. It adds brightness to salad...

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