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The Best Ways to Reheat Leftovers - Tips from The Kitchn

The Best Ways to Reheat Leftovers - Tips from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 24, 2017

Would not it be amazing if reheated food tasted just as good as it did when it was freshly made? It sure would make eating leftovers more exciting. And while you probably ca not reheat french fries to their original crispy state, you can get darn close if you know the best reheating method.

Here's a guide to help you figure out if you should reheat your food on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave, with some tips to help you do each. Reheat with confidence!

The Basic Rule of Thumb for Reheating

If you have the luxury of a full kitchen at your disposal when reheating food, this is the basic rule of thumb in deciding on the best method.

This generally works well, like reheating soup in a pot or roast chicken in the oven, because using the same method probably means that your food will heat up close to how it originally was.

But there are times when you might only have an office microwave or you might not want to use the original cooking method for reheating, like deep-frying chicken again. So what do you do in these instances?

Here are the three main appliances used to reheat food and some tips on the best foods to reheat in each!

Foods to Reheat in the Oven or Toaster Oven

The toaster or toaster oven is usually my go-to reheating appliance because it provides even, gentle heating. If you are worried that food will dry out, just cover it with foil. Aim for a low-temperature oven (no more than 350F), and check on your food once in a while until it's heated through.

These are foods that reheat well in an oven or toaster oven.

Foods to Reheat in the Microwave

The microwave is undoubtedly one of the fastest ways to heat or reheat food, but the texture of some foods can suffer in the process. Foods that do not have a crisp crust generally reheat well in a microwave.

When reheating food in a microwave, technique is important. Spread food out in an even layer, cover with a damp paper towel to help create some steam while the food is heating so it does not dry out, and stir every so often to promote even heating, as there are usually hot spots even in microwaves with turntables.

Foods to Reheat on the Stovetop

Pots and Pans

Double Boiler

Steamer

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