Tips for Reheating the Food

We all use different reheating methods these days to save time and energy. Reheating the leftover sometimes reduces the nutrition content and also spoils the texture and appearance of the food. It would be amazing if the food remains same even after re-heating.

This guide will help you figure out if you should reheat your food on the stove top, in an oven, or in the microwave. Reheat with confidence!

5 Food you can re-heat in an oven

  1. Baked Foods: Baked foods like cake, muffins, pies, tarts are best heated in oven as it won’t soggy. Stale cookies, and biscuits can be given new life by re-heating them in oven.

  2. Roasted and Grilled Meats: Reheat BBQ chicken and other meats in an oven, as the even and dry heating won’t overcook or dry out the meat.

  3. Pizza: If you have a lot of pizza to reheat, stick with the oven. (If you just have a slice or two, try out stove top reheating method)

  4. Seafood: Sea foods get overcooked soon so avoid re-heating them in the microwave instead re-heat it in oven for light and even heat spread.

  5. Fried Foods: Oven re-heating would keep the crispiness of the fried food intact. Try re-heating french fries in an oven.

5 Food you can re-heat in a microwave

  1. reheatSteamed and Boiled Vegetables

  2. Soups and Stews

  3. Rice

  4. Curries

  5. Chapati/Breads

5 Food you can re-heat on a stove top

  1. Soups and Stews

  2. Saute and Stir Fried foods

  3. Rice

  4. Pasta and Noodles

  5. Lentils and Curries

5 Food you cannot reheat and why

  1. Vegetables like Celery, Spinach and Beetroot: Nitrates present in them are turned toxic on re-heating and can cause cancer.

  2. Mushrooms: Experts say that the mushrooms should not be stored and should be consumed as soon as possible after cooking. The protein present in them deteriorate as soon as they are cut. So re-heating mushrooms is a big no.

  3. Eggs: Reheating eggs when it’s boiled or scrambled can be toxic, and it can disturb the digestive system badly.

  4. Rice: According to the Food Standards Agency, “Uncooked rice can contain spores of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. These spores survive even after cooking. And if the rice stands at room temperature and than re-heated these spores do not die and can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

  5. Chicken: The protein present in chicken changes on refrigeration, this can cause digestive problem, so the chicken should be heated to the core and should be piping hot while re-heating.


Precautions while reheating the food

  • Refrigerate your food at right temperature, it should be below 40°F to keep the food bacteria free. Doing so will keep the food safe for re-heating.

  • Use a food thermometer to make sure that the food reaches the proper internal temperature of 165°F before it is consumed.

  • To reheat the meat one should use separate plates to avoid cross contamination.

  • Reheat different flavour foods separately to keep the flavours intact.

Tips for reheating the Dry and curry foods

  • Reheat dry foods in an oven as it uses dry heat to warm the food.

  • Do not keep different kind of foods together to heat.

  • Curry foods should be preferred to be heated in microwave or stove top, add little extra moisture while re-heating.

  • Re-heat curry, liquid foods like porridge, soup in the same medium they are cooked. For eg. Re-heat lentils adding a little water, and reheat porridge adding a little milk.

  • Use a food thermometer to make sure that the food reaches the proper internal temperature of 165°F before it is consumed, it is applicable for dry as well as curry foods.

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