Reusing leftovers is a great way to enjoy a tasty meal without too much effort. The secret to a nice, warm reheating is to reheat the food using the same original preparation method, whether it's been baked, fried, grilled or steamed. To avoid food poisoning, heat leftovers to approximately 75°C, regardless of the method chosen.
Method 1 of 3: Reheating Food on the Stove
Step 1. Heat liquids and sauces in a pan
Put the food in a pan and add ¼ cup (60 ml) of water so as not to burn the bottom. Light the heat on medium and cover the pan. Stir regularly. Reheating food this way should take about 20 minutes, depending on the amount.
- This method is ideal for soups, stews, liquids, drinks and beans.
- It is not necessary to add water to heat drinks.
Step 2. Put the rice and noodles in the skillet
In a skillet, add a tablespoon (15 ml) of butter or oil. Heat over medium heat. When the oil starts to glow, add the food. Fry for five minutes. Turn food over with a spatula and fry for another five minutes, or until just warm.
- This method is perfect for pasta, pasta in general, rice and other grains. You can also use it to reheat beans.
- Oil frying will make the noodles and rice slightly crispy.
Step 3. Use a little extra water to reheat beans
Another way to heat rice and other grains is in a pot of extra water. The water will moisten the beans, returning them to their original texture. Put the beans in a pan with half a cup (120 ml) of water or broth. Heat them over medium heat until hot.
Stir the beans every five minutes so that they heat up evenly
Step 4. Reheat pizza slices in the skillet
Lighting a fire to heat a slice of pizza is a huge waste of gas. Also, the dough will be a lot crunchier if you fry it. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Then add the pizza and cover the skillet. Heat the pizza for three to four minutes until it is hot and the cheese is melted.
Step 5. Heat braised meats and vegetables in a skillet
Put a tablespoon (15 ml) of oil in a wok or common skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat. When it starts to glow, add the meat or vegetables and lower the heat. Heat the food for ten to 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until it is warm in the middle.
Method 2 of 3: Reheating food in the oven
Step 1. Know which foods to reheat in the oven
The gas or electric oven is great for heating many types of food, but it doesn't work for everything. For smaller portions, the ideal is to use the electric oven to avoid wasting gas. Here are some foods that can be reheated in the oven:
- Breads and other baked pastas.
- Fried food.
- Roasted meats and vegetables.
- Grilled meats.
- Pizzas (if you have several slices).
- Hidden away.
- Baked dishes.
Step 2. Cut large foods into smaller pieces
Thicker foods, such as large cuts of meat, lasagna and "escondidinhos", usually take time to heat up in the oven. To save time and heat food evenly, divide it into individual portions before putting it in the oven.
Step 3. Preheat the oven
When reheating food, the oven must not be turned on at a high temperature. After all, the food has already been prepared and can end up being dry. Preheat the oven to 180 °C, maximum.
Step 4. Prepare the food
Transfer the food to an ovenproof dish. To heat individual portions, space them apart or separate them into individual containers. Cover the food with a lid or with aluminum foil so it doesn't dry out.
Do not cover crispy foods such as fried foods
Step 5. Heat food at regular intervals
Put the food in the oven. Heat smaller portions for five minutes and see if the temperature of the food is to taste. To reheat several portions or larger dishes, heat the food for 15 minutes and see if the food temperature is to taste. Heat food at regular intervals until it is warm inside.
- Small or thin foods, such as pizza, need only five minutes in the oven.
- Breads, baked pastas and small cuts of meat usually take about 15 minutes.
- Thick foods, such as lasagna and Escondidinhos, can take up to 30 minutes to get warm.
Method 3 of 3: Reheating food in the microwave
Step 1. Know which foods can be heated in the microwave
Some foods do not look good after reheating in the microwave. This is especially true for crunchy or crusty foods. The ideal is to reserve the microwave for dishes with a lot of humidity, such as:
- Steamed vegetables.
- Cooked vegetables.
- Hidden away.
Step 2. Separate foods based on how long it takes to heat them
Larger foods need more time in the oven. If you try to reheat them along with the smaller ones, half the food will go past the point while the other half will remain cold.
- Cut larger foods into pieces or preheat them before assembling the dish to microwave.
- If you want to reheat a large piece of meat and a handful of vegetables, for example, heat the meat first or cut it into smaller pieces to microwave in the assembled dish.
Step 3. Place the food in a microwave-safe dish
Spread the food in a thin layer so that it heats up evenly. Use a microwave-safe dish without any traces of metal.
Opt for glass or ceramic dishes
Step 4. Cover the refractories with a damp cloth
Foods heated in the microwave are likely to dry out. Therefore, it is essential that you cover them. Some microwave refractories come with plastic lids, but if you don't, cover the food with paper towels or a damp cloth to retain moisture.
If the refractory has a lid, leave it slightly open for steam to escape
Step 5. Heat the food at short intervals until it is warm inside
For smaller portions, turn on the microwave for one to two minutes. For larger portions, turn it on for three to four minutes. After this time, stir the food to better distribute the heat and see if the temperature is right. Heat foods at intervals of one or two minutes until they are hot enough. Mix them between intervals.