The 1 Tip You Need to Know When Reheating Food

How to bring yesterday’s meals back to life

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The convenience of leftovers doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. 

Make-ahead meals and leftovers can be a real life-saver when you need a quick dinner during busy weeks. Once you rip open that “doggie bag,” pull out that Tupperware of frozen food, or tear into that carefully crafted swan, then what? Knowing how to reheat is essential to making quick and easy meals go from sufficient to delicious.

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To avoid dry food with a day-old taste, remember this one rule: Reheat in the same place your meal was originally cooked. If you want to reheat roasted chicken, the best way to ensure a crisped skin is in the oven, with regular basting; gently thaw soups and stews on the stovetop to bring out the best flavors; and re-warm pastas in the pan with a little extra liquid (i.e. tomato sauce, water, cream, or wine) to bring yesterday’s meal back to life in no time.

Microwaves can also be utilized to thaw and reheat food. Use short bursts of heat when reheating in the microwave, and stir or rotate whatever you are reheating often to ensure your food heats evenly. Additionally, make sure that the internal temperature of your food reaches 165 degrees F to prevent any foodborne illnesses.

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Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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