How to reheat food.
Eat most of dinner.
Put remaining dinner in fridge.
Step 4. (next day)
Remove leftovers and contemplate reheating. Tin foil or no tin foil? Microwave or oven? 210° or 350°? 1/2 hour or hour? Throw the leftovers back in the fridge, stick a box of Cheerios and a jug of milk on the dinner table and call it a day. Cheerios are pretty good anyway.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Reheating food properly is the key to good leftovers, or a successful dinner party. I can’t speak from experience on the dinner party thing. For me a dinner party is when my boyfriend and I wear sombreros on Taco Night. But if you were to have a dinner party where you actually invited guests, cooking in advance and being able to reheat various things is important. To make your life easier you can cook a few things in advance, and then reheat them using the fancy method I’m about to tell you about. It is the very same fancy method used in restaurants all around the world.
Except in that restaurant a few blocks away from my house where whatever I order is ice cold. I’ve boycotted that place all winter because of it. You hear that, Dairy Queen? Shape up.
The trick is to reheat your food in a flash.
Flashing your food is heating it very quickly in a very hot oven.
To flash food, heat it in a 450° oven for 2-10 minutes depending on the food.
The benefit to flashing food is that it heats it quickly, without cooking it.
For this to work the food has to be room temperature or slightly warmer (not straight out of the fridge). It also has to be relatively thin and not dense. In other words, you can heat up slices of chicken, turkey or roast beef this way but not an entire chicken, turkey or roast. Got it?
If the food you’re heating is something you worry about drying out (poultry, pasta, roast) cover it with tinfoil.
To flash foods, just put them on a baking sheet or in a casserole …
Stick them in an oven preheated to 450° for 2 – 10 minutes, depending on the size/density of the item. You’ll get a feel for it.
Remove your food and eat it up! Oh. And if you’re doing that dinner party thing, offer some to your guests, I guess.
The antojito I reheated turned out perfectly. Crisp on the outside and hot and gooey on the inside. I’ve never tried to reheat french fries this way so I thought I’d give it a shot. In the name of blog science. ( I normally reheat french fries by sticking them in the deep fryer for a couple of minutes. )
The fries didn’t turn out great. They were edible. But not great. Like the Mother’s Day breakfast your 10 year old made.
Or the Cheerios I had for dinner last night.