A character is given food he/she [[DoesNotLikeSpam doesn't like]] or doesn't want to eat for some reason. To avoid consuming it, as well as not hurting the feelings of or angering whoever prepared it, the character may give the food to the dog to eat or try to throw it in the trash. [[EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt Sometimes, the dog may outright reject the food, indicating how bad the food is]].

See also DiscreetDrinkDisposal for liquids and ThatPoorPlant for results.


[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheKingWhoWouldBeStrongerThanFate'', the king tries to poison the young man after impossible missions have failed to kill him. Fortunately, a dog tries to eat it first.

* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''Fanfic/KiraSweetheart'' Light tries to dispose of his cake by putting it front of [[GeniusSweetTooth L]] but to his genuine surprise [[SpannerInTheWorks his plan is foiled when L (who has been forcibly put on a diet) doesn't even touch it.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MarsNeedsMoms'' Milo hates the broccoli his mom makes him eat so he gives it to his cat who then throws it up. Long story short, his mom found out.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* In Netflix's AnachronicOrder PoliceProcedural ''Film/ShimmerLake'', it's a RunningGag that Sheriff Zeke's sister-in-law Martha is a LethalChef, and during one meal he entertains his niece by discretely spitting out a mouthful of inedible fried chicken while carrying on a dinner table conversation, and tossing it over his shoulder when Martha isn't looking. His niece tries to copy him and is immediately caught and told off.

* In the epilogue to ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara The Sorceress]]'', Prince Geran considers stashing his spinach in his pockets for later disposal.
* [[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection Molly]]'s mom tells her about doing this as a child when Molly is being stubborn about not eating her vegetables.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': With Aunt Zelda's food, many people try to dispose of it, by feeding it to dogs, hiding it behind their cutlery, showeling it into their pockets, and allegedly by hiding away in the attic with an excuse and conjuring better food up with '''Magyk'''.
* In the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' series, creepy housemaid Molly tends to cook extremely large meals that vary wildly in quality. Peter and Nightingale fall into the habit of slipping whatever's left over and/or unpalatable to Toby under the table, at one point joking that they need either a bigger dog or smaller portions.
* In Creator/ArthurMachen's "The Novel of the White Powder", the narrator's brother feeds his dinner to the dog when he thinks she's not looking, to conceal how little appetite the titular medication has left him with.

* Occurs in the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode where Jerry doesn't like the mutton that his girlfriend serves. He spits it into a napkin and puts it in the pocket of his coat.
* There's an episode of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' which involves this. The father, who is a chef, recreates a family recipe and the B plot of the episode involves Corey and Eddie finding different ways to dispose of it.
* A variation on ''Series/BabylonFive''. John Sheridan tried to impress [[LoveInterest Ambassador Delenn]] by cooking a recipe from her home world. She takes a bite, declares it to be delicious, and then asks him about a painting on the wall behind Sheridan. As soon as he turns around to look at it, she grabs the salt and pepper shakers and ''frantically'' shakes them over her food before he can turn back around.
* ''Series/MrBean'' once ordered a Steak Tartare, and after seeing what it was, made an effort to hide it.
* In the Thanksgiving episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', as the family settles down to dinner, Nicky is seen discarding his vegetables... with Carlton doing the same thing.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', the other Rangers occasionally have to do this with [[LethalChef Mia]]'s cooking.

[[folder: NewspaperComics]]
* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' would come up with creative ways of getting rid of his dinner; in one strip, he shovels it onto his father's plate when he isn't looking.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/MightyMagiswords'': Prohyas and Vambre disposes of their mother's cooking by discreetly feed it Zombie Pumpkin Magisword.

* One of the shorts that preceded ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' had Jimmy use his [[BiggerOnTheInside HyperCube]] to dispose of the creamed corn he's been served for dinner. Then, Hugh mistakes the [=HyperCube=] for a Rubix Cube and breaks it by accident, spraying creamed corn all over the room. Jimmy gets some in his mouth, and finds that he actually likes it.
* The episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' where Bender became a cook, and the crew does this.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' in the episode where Suzie gets an easy-bake oven and makes...something with it. She gives the things to the babies and they hate it, so they discreetly get rid of it in various ways.
* Stewie tries to pull this in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but fails when Brian puts the broccoli back on his plate.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Stan develops an eating problem and disposes of food by hiding it in his clothes or in his enormous mouth (he has a huge chin area). Another episode gave Francine some LethalChef tendencies, so Stan installs [[NoKillLikeOverkill a discreet trapdoor leading to a wolf pit]] by his chair at the table, specifically for this purpose.
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} couldn't tolerate the strict prune diet from his BabysitterFromHell.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'': Matilda's soup is so horrible that the other birds try to dispose of it without Matilda's notice.
* ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' in the episode "Mind Trap" when Kitty Katswell made some cookies everyone thought they were bad, so Dudley threw his in a plant and it died, while the Chief threw his in the trash can and got caught.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' Arthur and D.W. HATE Grandma Thora's cooking so in "The Half-Baked Sale" where the plot was centered around it, they threw it away.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' Chowder made some Burple Nurples in the episode of the same name, where he accidentally put in some rat poison. Mung Dal secretly poored the first batch into a plant (to avoid hurting Chowder's feelings) and it died, only for Chowder to make some more.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' Wildcat makes a gross protein shake for Batman, who pours it into a plant which soon dies.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the period of alcohol Prohibition in the US (1920-1933), one of the most effective teams of revenue agents (the guys tasked with enforcing Prohibition) was that of Isidore Einstein and Moe Smith ("Izzy and Moe"), who got up to all kinds of hijinks in the course of doing their job. Eventually, word got out that Izzy kept kosher...so the proprietor of the establishment they were investigating undercover tried to get him to eat a ham sandwich. Moe [[WeNeedADistraction contrived a distraction]], allowing Izzy to quietly dispose of the ham and eat the rest of the sandwich, allowing them to make the bust.