Everyone has leftovers at home all the time. But the worst part about having leftovers is to reheat them the next day, they lose all their flavour and texture when reheated. So here are 3 basic food items, and how to reheat them without losing their taster or texture:
“Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Arrange the fries in a single layer, then pop them in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they begin to crisp (the amount of time will depend on the thickness of your fries). Toss them once and bake them an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until they reach your desired level of crispiness.” said Kelly Senyei, a cookbook author.
“The best way to reheat cooked rice and to maintain the texture is by using a microwave,” says ChihYu Smith of I Heart Umami. “Put the rice in a bowl and cover it with a food wrap or a microwavable lid so that the heat and moisture can circulate within the rice grains. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and [then microwave for] another 30 seconds The rice grains will return to their original texture: fluffy and soft.”
“Place leftover/cold pasta in a sauté pan. Heat the pan on medium to high heat. Begin to warm the pasta, adding a splash of water at a time, gradually as you stir. Add as much water as necessary to reduce the sauce, without exceeding 1/3 cup. Bring to a simmer and turn heat to medium-low, until the pasta and ingredients are hot throughout. Pasta is ready when the sauce coats the back of a spoon (ideal thickness) and pasta still has a bite to it. When reheating pasta, it may not be perfectly al dente, but it will have a nice texture without being too soft,” said Fabio Viviani, a “Top Chef” alum.