I’ve been shamed for serving my children a ‘going out of date’ platter for tea – but you can smell if food’s gone bad and nothing goes to waste
- Dan Reynolds, 32, from Manchester, has been shamed for her left over platters
- She shrugged off the criticism which ensures no food was needlessly thrown out
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A savvy mum has shrugged off criticism after being publicly shamed for serving ‘disgusting out-of-date’ food to her kids.
Dan Reynolds, 32, from Bolton, Manchester, proudly shared the mezze board she’d rustled up using leftovers from her daughter’s birthday party days earlier.
A selection of cheeses, cured meats, paté, sausage rolls, and pretzels were just some of the offerings, but one woman accused her of risking food poisoning.
The platter, labelled ‘going out of date tea!’, was topped off with rosemary garnish scavenged from a beef stew the 32-year-old made the previous evening.
Dan, who’s mum to Max Hamer, 10, (left) and eight-year-old Willow Hamer, (right) shared her culinary creation on Facebook to inspire others how to creatively use up leftovers
Dan, who’s mum to Max Hamer, 10, and eight-year-old Willow Hamer, shared her culinary creation on Facebook to inspire others how to creatively use up leftovers.
Most commended her platter, which ensured no food was needlessly thrown out – while Dan said the kids find ‘picky teas’ like this exciting.
The nail technician said: ‘I enjoy doing those little platters. It was my daughter’s birthday earlier this month and we had a party and I made a picnic platter.
Dan Reynolds, 32, from Bolton, Manchester, has shrugged off criticism after being publicly shamed for serving ‘disgusting out-of-date’ food to her kids
A selection of cheeses, cured meats, paté, sausage rolls, and pretzels were just some of the offerings but one woman accused her of risking food poisoning
‘I had stuff in the fridge that I needed to use that was going to go out of date, including cheese, paté, prosciutto, salami and sausage rolls.
‘The kids like picky teas and it needed using so I thought ‘oh I’ll just use that’.
‘We had pizza wraps made from tortilla wraps, tomato puree leftover from stew [from the previous evening], salami and cheese.
‘Then we had the board to last us while we watched a film.
‘Most people, especially if you do packed lunches for your kids, will have that stuff in the fridge anyway.
‘It’s exciting for the kids, they like it, they think it’s something special, but really you’re just getting rid of stuff that you need to use up.’
Dan also makes homemade pizzas with wraps and the left over stuff in the fridge that is going out of date
Dan said the kids Max Hamer and eight-year-old Willow enjoy the ‘picky teas’ and finds them exciting
After sharing her fun meal online Dan was flooded with comments from people praising the board, however one suggested she was flirting with danger serving her kids food going out of date.
Dan said: ‘I shared it on social media as I thought it was a good idea for people if you’ve got stuff leftover.
‘Especially in this day and age where we’re all struggling with gas, electric and food prices.
‘They were quite positive reactions, they all seemed to like it. One lady said ”you feed your family out-of-date food”.
Dan’s platters have caused some controversy online but she see’s the funny side of the criticism
The mum-of-two also makes creative packed lunches for her children to take to school which she shares online
The mother made an incredible looking platter for her daughter Willow’s eight birthday party
After sharing her fun meal online Dan was flooded with comments from people praising the board, however one suggested she was flirting with danger serving her kids food going out of date
The labels on food are advisory, obviously you need to be a bit more cautious with meat because that can be a bit dangerous, but you can smell if it’s out of date.
‘I joked it would build up their immune system. A lot of people have replied to that comment but she’s not. I think she might feel a bit silly.’
Users were quick to praise the creation, with one saying how ‘delicious’ it looked.
However one woman took umbrage at Dan for serving her kids food that was going out of date.
The woman wrote: ‘Omg you serve out of date food to your family, that’s disgusting.’
Dan replied: ‘Adds to the taste.’ The woman replied: ‘No adds food poisoning.’
Dan joked: ‘Hopefully build up their immune system. Calpol is getting expensive.’
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