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We all have our favorite food; sometimes, we want to make extra for the next day. Sometimes, it can even taste better the next day. However, some foods don’t live up to their original taste when you have them as leftovers the next day—somehow, they taste worse. In a recent online poll, people reveal what they consider the worst food for leftovers.

1. Cereal

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“Whoever would eat leftover cereal voluntarily needs a psych evaluation ASAP,” someone exclaimed.

A person replied, “My cousin would let his cereal get soggy before he would eat it. He’s never been right.”

2. Caesar Salad

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“Caesar salad – croutons are soggy, Parmesan cheese is soft and gooey. Just a sad situation all around,” somebody explained.

3. Nachos

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“Some other things people have suggested can be reheated well with the right technique, but nachos can’t. The sauce-y chips will forever be mush,” someone stated.

4. French Fries

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“French fries. They can never taste the same the next day,” a person said.

“I chopped up my leftover fries into a breakfast skillet the next morning,” someone replied.

5. Boxed Macaroni & Cheese

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“Mac and Cheese from a box. It turns into something else entirely after being refrigerated,” someone explained.

6. Sushi

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“The worst! It is always questionable at best whether it’s raw seafood or avocado,” someone mentioned.

“It’s the worst once the rice becomes hard for me,” a person added.

7. Saucy Fried Food

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“Anything breaded and fried and covered in sauce. Impossible to reheat without making it fall apart and be all gummy and sludgy,” someone described.

8. Fish

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“Any cooked fish, especially baked or grilled. It gets too dry when you reheat it,” someone said.

“If you reheat in the oven on a low temp (like in the 200s), it comes out fine. Just takes time,” someone else suggested.

9. Noodles & Broth

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“Any type of noodle in broth. Noodles get all swollen and disgusting, the broth gets cloudy and ruined, reheating it doesn’t make it better, so sad,” someone mentioned.

10. Spaghetti Carbonara

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“There’s not a way to “re-temper” the eggs, and it turns into a noodle omelet,” someone described.

“This was my thought, too. I don’t hate it cold (I have young kids, and I’ve had to get used to eating most of my meals cold.), but it’ll never be as good as when it was fresh,” someone else agreed.

11. Lamb

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“Lamb. Great when fresh off the grill. But it never reheats well. Ever,” someone stated.

“Unless it’s a lamb curry. Leftover lamb curry tastes amazing,” someone else suggested.

12. Chinese Food

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“Chinese is good for one day afterward, un-microwaved. If microwaved or >24 hours old, it tastes the way a wet dog smells,” a person said.

13. McDonald’s Cheese Burgers

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McDonald’s cheeseburgers. You let that thing get fridge cold, and it somehow tastes like the opposite of a McDonald’s cheeseburger,” a person explained.

14. Burritos

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Someone said, “Burritos, for sure. I haven’t found a good way to reheat them without having hot pico, guac, and crema in the middle.”

15. Eggplant Casserole

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“I ate some kind of casserole which had eggplant in it. I took some leftovers with me because it tasted good. The next day, I got to enjoy the worst food I ever had in my life,” somebody exclaimed.

17 Weird Food Combos That Sound Disgusting, but Are Actually Delicious

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Some people like to get creative in the kitchen, especially when their pantry is bare. Users in a popular online forum shared some creative food combinations that sound completely disgusting but, in reality, taste pretty amazing! Here are some of the top responses. 17 Weird Food Combos That Sound Disgusting, But Are Actually Delicious

17 Iconic Meals Everyone Ate in the 90s

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Growing up in the 90s, we had some iconic dinners. Some of them are relics now, but we fondly look back on them primarily because of the memories associated with them. People shared the dinners they remember from their childhood in a popular online forum – how many of these iconic meals were on your plate? 17 Iconic Meals Everyone Ate in the 90s

15 Food Crimes That Completely Turn People Off

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We all have our favorite foods and opinions on how we prefer food prepared, but sometimes we see others taking things too far with their creative liberties. Someone recently asked the question, “What screams food crime to you?” These are some of the top-voted responses. 15 Food Crimes That Completely Turn People Off

13 Expensive Foods People Don’t Get the Hype About

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Personal food preferences aside, sometimes we just can’t understand why someone could enjoy eating something that smells, looks, or even tastes bad. Sometimes it can just be the fact that they are overpaying for something that just isn’t worth it. We found a thread where people were discussing expensive foods that people couldn’t understand why someone could actually enjoy eating them. 13 Expensive Foods People Don’t Get the Hype About

Inspired by this thread – photos for illustrative purposes only.

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