We are witnessing and experiencing some things we have never seen before as we muddle through this pandemic. Job losses, lay-offs and cut-backs mean money is short. When money is scarce, purchasing food can seem like a burden.
Families have had to adjust to the new normal, including figuring out ways to save money. Packing up the leftovers and stashing them away in the fridge or freezer is one great way to save money.
Whatever the leftovers are, you can always use them later–especially if you have various mouths to feed. However, there are some safety tips you need to know about storage and reheating. You should not keep leftovers in your fridge for more than three to four days.
After three months, if you freeze your leftovers, texture and taste will change, and they might not be edible anymore. Also, incorrectly reheating foods can cause food poisoning.
Ensure that you correctly defrost leftovers before reheating. Put these in the fridge or use your microwave defrost setting. Ensure that after defrosting, you eat that food within three days. You should heat foods over 165 degrees Fahrenheit to remove bacteria that can make you sick.
Continue reading to find out how to reheat six different popular foods and get every ounce of your money’s worth.
6. Reheating French Fries
We all know that fries are soggy and bland when they are cold. And if you bought more than you can eat, not to worry. You can put them away and reheat them in your toaster oven or your regular cooker oven. First, line them out evenly on a greased cookie sheet.
Preheat your oven for ten minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit before sticking them in. After about eight minutes, pull the sheet out and flip the fries over. Return them to the oven for another five minutes until they are sizzling, crispy and delicious again. Yum!
5. Pizza–The Best Way To Reheat
Get out your toaster oven for this one, at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The party favorite and light dinner for some can get tricky when heating up. You need just the right temperature to get those cheesy juices flowing again, and with some crisp around the edges!
If you don’t have a toaster oven, your handy skillet will suffice. Place your slices in the pan, and place over low to medium heat with a cover. Make it as hot as you wish.
4. How To Reheat Rice
You thought you knew the best way to reheat rice, didn’t you? Well, here’s the thing: There’s a method to every madness. For those of you who reheat rice quite often, here’s a new approach.
Get the original container you cooked your rice in or a microwave-safe bowl. Place your rice in, cover it and microwave for one minute at 50% heat. Remove, stir, cover again and put to heat another minute on the high setting.
Give it another minute just sitting there, and you have perfect, fresh rice. It’s best to use regular or long grain rice, which will heat perfectly. Quick-cook rice gets mushy when reheating.
3. Reheating Ribs and Steaks
The best way to reheat beef and steak is to wrap them in foil with as much moisture as possible. These meats tend not to have the original taste before putting them in the refrigerator.
So, you can add a bit of natural seasoning and slow heat in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven. Be aware that this process can take between 30 minutes to an hour. If you are using your microwave, ensure you use a damp paper towel to help keep the moisture.
2. Reheating Pasta
For the best reheating result, reheat pasta in its sauce and add more sauce if necessary. You can also use a bit of olive oil. It is also best to use a skillet on your stove-top instead of the microwave. Make sure to stir frequently. You don’t want the pasta to stick or burn. You’ll have a warm, fresh dish without any sogginess.
1. Reheating Casserole and Other One-Pot Dishes
Reheating these foods can be quickly done by microwave. Spread your food out in a microwave dish as evenly as possible. Sprinkle a small amount of water or cover with a damp paper towel to prevent the food from drying out.
Choose your appropriate heat setting and stir at intervals for even heating. The oven is best for your casserole, however. But not for the other dishes like steam veggies, sauteed, or stir fry. For reheating in the oven, you sprinkle water and cover the dish with foil wrap. You then place it in an oven set at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.