It turns out there are some things in this world that even Donna Kelce doesn’t have an answer for.
The soon-to-be Super Bowl attendee recently opened up to Parade about her eldest son’s college kitchen misdeeds, letting us know whether she was ever forced to suffer over her lunch at his hands.
In case you missed it, Travis Kelce put his brother on blast during the last episode of their podcast New Heights, where he shared that “Jason made an online purchase in college to specifically ruin everyone’s leftovers.”
Jason “would secretly put hot sauce on all the leftovers in the fridge” and then lie in wait for his friends to “be so confused when they ate their food for lunch the next day.” Once, Travis felt his mouth was “on fire” as a result, as Jason “giggl[ed]” nearby.
Naturally, while chatting with Mama Kelce about her new role as Ziploc’s Chief Leftover Officer, we had to know if she’d ever fallen victim to one of the Eagles center’s hot sauce-related crimes.
“No, thank goodness,” she laughed, confirming that he didn’t break out the Tabasco-adjacent weaponry until “after high school.”
Though Jason has since shifted to prioritize flavor over Scoville scale, at the time, he purchased a sauce “designed to be as hot as possible,” though he couldn’t remember the specific one he launched his attacks with.
As she’s currently campaigning to discourage food waste ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, we were curious to hear how she’d salvage leftovers tainted with Tabasco, but, unfortunately, some things just aren’t redeemable.
“Jeez. I don’t think you can, especially as much as I heard he put on,” she admitted. “I really don’t think you could salvage those.”
She does have plenty of other innovative ideas for your watch party leftovers, though. For example, she likes to take any leftover veggies and make chicken soup the following day. Extra chicken wings can also be used to make a chicken salad or a homemade pizza, flatbread, or stir-fry.
While dips are typically one of the first things to go in her household, she even has ideas for her famous 7-layer dip—spread it on a quesadilla or a flatbread—and guac.
“Guacamole, that’s a good one. Maybe kind of a pasta alfredo in a skillet. You know, kind of [like] a pesto…” she suggested.
Anything that keeps this year’s leftovers from following in the footsteps of last year’s 18 million pounds of thrown-away Super Bowl snacks is a win in our books. The NFL matriarch also suggests bringing your own Ziploc along to the party to help out with cleanup.
“Trust me, [your hosts] want it out of the house,” she assured. “They don’t want to have to sit there and carry out 15 trash bags after a party, so, go ahead and take your leftovers with you.”
For anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable just helping themselves to a take-home plate, try offering the host a hand with cleanup and complimenting your favorite dish.
“At the end of the night you’ll say, ‘Can I help you with any of these leftovers? I know this is a lot—would your family like all this, or can I help you by packing up some and taking it on my way? I loved some of the entrees that were served tonight,’” Kelce suggests. “You know, just give her a compliment and I think that would do it.”
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