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23rd Feb, 2021 05:28:30 AM

Basically you're looking for an aversion or even inversion of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich.

23rd Feb, 2021 07:57:54 AM

If the recipe in question is ill-advised, see tropes in the family of Way Past the Expiration Date, The Food Poisoning Incident, Cordon Bleugh Chef, Mess on a Plate, and It Came from the Fridge.

If this is out of desperation, see Poverty Food

If it's because they're fixated on not wasting anything even though they can afford to, the miserly form of Affluent Ascetic. (This is a very, very common Truth In Television trait in anyone who has spent time in poverty- "That's perfectly good cheese once you scrape the mold off.")

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