How to Reheat Food
Many people buy a microwave only to reheat their food. However, they’re not always happy with the results. In reality, you can easily give up on this gadget. Almost any dish can be reheated on the stove. Even microwave popcorn can be easily prepared in a deep pot by putting it on medium heat. As for pizza, you can simply use an iron.
5-Minute Crafts would like to share with you a few simple ways to reheat food while still maintaining its taste, texture, and healthy qualities. And in the end, you’ll become a much better cook.
How to reheat soup
Pour the broth-based soup into a saucepan, cover it with a lid, and heat it over medium heat. Remove the pot from the heat before the soup begins to boil.
Сream soup should be heated on a heated bath. Place the saucepan with the soup in a pot of water so that the water covers the sides of the saucepan. Then heat it over low heat while stirring from time to time, but don’t boil the soup.
Tip: To fix the saucepan, you can use a colander.
How to reheat sauce, mashed potatoes, or cream
Pour the sauce into a bowl that can withstand high temperatures, like most soup bowls. Then place the bowl with the sauce in the center of the colander immersed in a pot of water. Let the water cover the sides of the bowl to be on the same level as the sauce. Now put the pot on medium heat and stir the sauce from time to time. This will prevent the sauce from burning, but it will heat up quickly.
This method is good for when you want to reheat mashed potatoes, thick cream, or any other dish that has a base consisting of milk, eggs, cheese, cream or other products that tend to clot or flake under intense heat.
How to reheat rice or pasta
Put some food into a colander or strainer, place it on a pot of water, and cover it with a lid. No water should touch the food. Place the pot over medium heat — the steam will heat the food evenly in a few minutes.
How to reheat meat, pizza, or other dishes and keep them juicy
Method 1. Pour a bit of broth into a frying pan and put it on low heat. When the pan is warm, put your food in it and cover it with a lid. The dish will be ready in a few minutes. This method will come in handy if you need to warm up steak, fried chicken, or fish.
Tip: To keep some broth at hand, pour some into an ice cube tray and store it in the freezer.
Method 2. Sprinkle the food with a little water, wrap it in foil, and heat it over low heat. If you’re heating meat, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of broth instead of water. This method is good for meat or fish dishes and casseroles.
Tip: If you want to reheat a lot of food, you can do this in an oven that has been preheated to 210 degrees. Put the food in a dish, sprinkle it with water, and cover it with foil. You can also use a baking sleeve.
Method 3. Place a sheet of parchment paper on the surface of a heated iron, select a medium temperature setting, and put a piece of pizza on top of it for a couple of minutes. If you want to make it juicier, sprinkle the filling with water or olive oil, wrap it in foil, and then place it on the iron covered with parchment.
How to reheat a complex dish with different ingredients
Put the food in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cover it with a lid. Place the saucepan into a frying pan that’s filled up halfway with water. Heat it over medium heat for a few minutes.
Tip: Sprinkle the food with olive oil, broth, or plain water before reheating, and stir it slowly while it heats up to make it juicier.
How to reheat baby food
- Fill a container with very hot water, put a jar of baby food in it, and let it stay there for a few minutes.
- Pour water into a saucepan and place it on medium heat. Attach a metal strainer to a saucepan so that it’s submerged in water. Put a jar of baby food into the strainer. After a couple of minutes, the contents will be warm enough, but not too hot.
How to heat canned food
Pour water into a saucepan, put a can there, and place it on medium heat. Cooking time depends on the size of the can. It takes a couple of minutes for baby food, and 15 to 20 minutes for a 17-ounce can.
Important: The water should always cover the can. Otherwise, the can could explode.