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Monday, December 9, 2013

Sending Guests Home With Holiday Leftovers


I did something a little different with leftovers this past
Thanksgiving and it turned out to be a great idea!
I filled Chinese take out containers and labelled them
right when we cleared the table.  Then I lined them up
on a wicker tray and slid them into the refrigerator!



When it was time for the guests to go home, I just handed them
a tray!  So much better than dragging food out and trying to
find containers while they are wanting to leave!

Chinese take out containers are easy to find these days...
in craft stores and supply stores.  But I got lucky and found a new,
 sealed package of 500 16 oz containers in the auction trash. 
That's a lifetime supply, I'm thinking. ha.
So, come over for dinner and I'll fill a few for you to take home! 


44 comments:

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    1. We were both first on each other's blog! At the same time! hahaha....

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    2. really??? that is funny! lol
      II find this idea awesome always for Chriastmas I have leftovers!

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    3. You could send your parents home
      with little containers of their own! :)

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    4. Of course and my Mom can heat at microwaves LOL

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  2. You provide takeout now
    That is sure to wow
    You'll need a drive thru window
    For all who stop by your show

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    1. haha....oh that is funny!
      "Pull up to the kitchen window, honey!"
      Careful, the coffee is hot!
      Don't spill and sue me like a hot shot."
      lol....

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    2. lol could make some extra dough
      Hire the kitties to put on an added show

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  3. That is amazing, and so was your find at the auction. My son bought those plastic containers at the dollar store for our leftovers, but I like your idea better. Clever, clever!

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    1. It's kinda nice that they're disposable and you don't have to worry about getting them back!

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  4. that is a very cool idea...first, i love the chinese boxes...but def a great little treat for them to dig into the next day...i like...might steal that idea.

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    1. go right ahead! It's kinda fun, too! :)

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  5. Great idea! I like the idea of the wicker tray, too. We bought a bunch of those plastic containers to send leftovers home with our Thanksgiving diners. Will have to remember this for the future.

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    1. I have a bunch of those wicker trays...from the thrift store...and they come in handy!

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  6. And the very best part was that the gravy stayed with the mashed potatoes and everything was in its own separate container :-)

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    1. lol....I should have known you'd think of that! :)

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  7. Betsy's Chinese/Thanksgiving Takeaway! Cool idea. I will be right over!! xo

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    1. Somehow Chinese and Thanksgiving don't sound like they go together. haha.

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  8. You're brilliant! I love this idea.

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    1. The best part was filling the containers as we cleaned off the table. It made it so easy!

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  9. I really like that idea. Those Chinese are some smart cookies. :)

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  10. Excellent!
    I am always fishing for a yogurt container...to fill!!!
    I like this idea.....
    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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    1. I think they would be very nice to keep on hand for things like this!

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  11. We bring our own plastic containers to take leftovers home in. Our family is like that :-)

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    1. OK, but some party or dinner, you will have guests come that won't be so bold as to assume they get to take home food. ha.

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  12. Totally love the wicker trays!!! Great idea!! Take care
    x

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    1. They only cost 29 cents at my thrift store....easy to buy and keep on hand!

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  13. That definitely does sound like a life time supply to me Betsy, such a wonderful idea. Winds me up though, I have this onrunning joke with my gym buddy Jamie, he puts his chalk into an old Chinese container and if I so much as touch it he always jokes about how expensive it cost him and how I'll owe him money if I break it. I am going to use this post as evidence next time that these are accessible!

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    1. Chalk storage? Now that's a new one! haha. Yes, they are easy to buy...unlike years ago.

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  14. Great! I had the same thoughts for leftovers, but our Chinese restaurant uses the clear/white plastic rectangular/round bowls, so that's what I used. As I was cleaning off the turkey from the bones (while my hubby was doing the dishes!), the guests were filling up their own individual containers and everyone had leftovers for the next day, which they so appreciated.

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    1. I never would have thought to get them from a Chinese restaurant.

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  15. What a deal...and fabulous idea! Would love to come share in some of your yummy left overs! Way to go...again...Betsy! =) Hope you enjoy a great week ahead.

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    1. It was a great deal! So fun to find little deals like that. Maybe at Christmas they will get filled with cookies! :)

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  16. Betsy, you have a very interesting mind that can think creatively, yet be remarkably organized. What a great idea!

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    1. well, thanks.....some people think I'm strange....and I agree....lol.... And organized, yes...to a fault. Maybe it's a little OCD, too. haha. Now I want to see if they open up to a plate like Jan shared!

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  17. I just recently read somewhere that those chinese containers open up to be a plate....How's that for even more convenience :) Merry Christmas to you and your men! Jan

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    1. No kidding? What a nifty little trick! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Brilliant,, Excellent,, and so easy!
    Stealing this idea!

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  19. What an extremely well organized woman you are, Betsy! I admire your ideas and energy!
    Christel

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  20. Hi Betsy .. clever advanced thinking! Lucky guests .. just had a Cornish cream tea with a blackcurrant scone and jam .. so better keep quiet for the moment .. great idea though .. cheers Hilary

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