We’ve all been there—you’ve made a delicious meal, packaged it up, but when you reheat it later—it’s just not as good. The rice gets crunchy. Chicken dries out. Pasta turns to mush. Read on for some food reheat hacks that can help your food taste just as good as the day you made it.
My rice gets hard and crunchy
Before microwaving a meal with rice or other grains, place a damp paper towel over the top of the dish. The water will create a moist environment and add some liquid back into the grain.
My chicken dries out
The best place to reheat chicken? A low (200-250°F) oven for 10-15 minutes. If you’re in a time crunch, you can add a tablespoon of water to your container and reheat in the microwave for up to two minutes without the meat starting to dry out.
My food gets soggy
Foods that were originally crispy, such as pizza, fried foods, and bread are best reheated in the oven, toaster oven, or broiler. The lower, more even heat will allow foods to retain their original crispiness.
Some of the food is ice cold and the rest of it is blazing hot
If microwaving, place the container on the edge of the rotating carousel instead of in the middle. You can also try making a hole in the middle of your food (so it resembles a donut). Finally, remove the food from the microwave often (every 30 seconds to a minute) and give it a good stir to better distribute the heat.
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