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(The Consumerist)   Adding to the ever-growing list of the things you have been doing wrong your entire life: how to reheat leftover eggs, steak, chicken, pancakes, soups, roasted potatoes and muffins   (consumerist.com) divider line 35
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2014-01-22 09:30:43 AM  
What is "leftover steak"?
 
2014-01-22 09:33:24 AM  
How to reheat food if you've got as much time as cooking a meal from scratch, and don't mind washing pots and pans afterwords.  Or, more simply, how to reheat food if you're afraid of a microwave.  No, I don't think I've been doing it wrong.

And who saves pancakes?
 
2014-01-22 09:33:59 AM  

DubtodaIll: What is "leftover steak"?


When you go camping the tent always includes an extra in case you lose one.
 
2014-01-22 09:34:10 AM  
Not needed. Mrs LC cooks anything I want fresh on demand.
 
2014-01-22 09:34:14 AM  
but never french fries. once they're cold, let them go... cuz they're gone.
 
2014-01-22 09:35:56 AM  
In a nutshell: ditch the microwave.
 
2014-01-22 09:36:25 AM  
My big find this past year was a good method for French fries.  Toss in a non stick pan over medium high heat.  The residual oil in the fries will recrisp the outside.
 
2014-01-22 09:37:02 AM  
If anyone was looking for someone more annoying than a food snob....I think we found her...A leftover food snob.   (still better than a leftover beer snob, though)
 
2014-01-22 09:38:01 AM  
2. Steak and Chicken: Try cutting meats into smaller bits and heating in a skillet over a medium-high heat with a bit of oil. Cook the meat until it's warmed through, about 4-5 minutes.

Well that's way more convenient than tossing something in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
If I'm eating leftovers it's because it's quick and easy. If I'm going to go to that trouble, I'll just cook another meal.

/stupid article is stupid.
 
2014-01-22 09:38:58 AM  
About the only thing I've got going for me in the zombie apocalypse is I love leftovers and I mean anything.  I prefer warmed back up usually but I'll eat anything cold too.  Who reheats eggs?  Me.  They're good.  Yum yum.  F*ck you.
 
2014-01-22 09:39:53 AM  
If I'm reheating leftovers, it's because I don't feel like going through the effort of cooking. Whether or not it's reheated properly is irrelevant. Sometimes, whether or not it's reheated at all is irrelevant.
 
2014-01-22 09:40:13 AM  
The thing I've learned about reheating things in the microwave is to nuke it about a minute longer than you think you should then let it cool off.
 
2014-01-22 09:47:35 AM  
pearls before swine:

And who saves pancakes?

Man... this.  I mean, f--k, saving extra batter, sure.

I don't really get all this crap.  Some combination of microwave, toaster oven, and cast iron works for everything (and cast iron just gets a quick wipe and put back on the stove, so no pots/pans to wash).

If you're happy with however you're heating up stuff... cool.  Couldn't care less.
 
2014-01-22 09:48:45 AM  

pearls before swine: How to reheat food if you've got as much time as cooking a meal from scratch, and don't mind washing pots and pans afterwords.  Or, more simply, how to reheat food if you're afraid of a microwave.  No, I don't think I've been doing it wrong.

And who saves pancakes?


I'm not afraid of microwave ovens.  In fact, I beat mine to a bloody pulp one day.  Rather than replace it I learned that I prefer the way food reheats in either a skillet or my toaster oven.  Yup, it takes longer. I actually have to think about eating rather than just popping food into my mouth mindlessly. You'll probably eat less and if you don't have the palate of a cur you'll enjoy it more.


/2+ years microwave free and loving it.
 
2014-01-22 09:54:03 AM  
I'm shocked by how many people can't seem to function without a microwave...and I don't even mean from just this discussion. I had some friends ask me "How do you cook without a microwave?"

Uhh, stovetop/oven?

I only recently acquired a microwave, but it's currently in the basement because I have limited counter space for it. I've learned to function with out one for reheating things, and just about the only thing I cook in a microwave is popcorn. Not trying to be smug, but of household appliances, it's one I use the least.
 
2014-01-22 10:00:53 AM  
"Microwaves suck" is pretty common knowledge.
 
2014-01-22 10:02:05 AM  

abhorrent1: 2. Steak and Chicken: Try cutting meats into smaller bits and heating in a skillet over a medium-high heat with a bit of oil. Cook the meat until it's warmed through, about 4-5 minutes.

Well that's way more convenient than tossing something in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.
If I'm eating leftovers it's because it's quick and easy. If I'm going to go to that trouble, I'll just cook another meal.

/stupid article is stupid.


Came in to say this. You said it better.
 
2014-01-22 10:26:51 AM  
I don't understand why convection microwaves didn't catch on. They're perfect for almost everything in the article
 
2014-01-22 10:37:48 AM  
So what you are telling me is, reheating food involves adding heat to the food for a second time? Whoda thunkit?
 
Ant
2014-01-22 11:02:48 AM  
Microwave is fine for eggs. What's the problem?
 
Ant
2014-01-22 11:04:54 AM  
We know, we know - you just want to chuck that container in the microwave, zap it up on high and then wait for it to cool down from bubbling so you can eat it. But that makes the liquid evaporate, stealing precious bites from the very mouth you're seeking to fill. Instead, learn some patience and heat soups and stews slowly in a pot over medium heat

Yeah, because heating in a pot will never cause evaporation.
 
Ant
2014-01-22 11:07:06 AM  
These people sound like anti-microwave zealots. If you use it correctly, it works for a lot of leftovers (except fried potato products)
 
Ant
2014-01-22 11:08:09 AM  

Vertdang: but never french fries. once they're cold, let them go... cuz they're gone.


Toaster oven works pretty well
 
2014-01-22 11:17:06 AM  
Vat is dis verd, "leftovers?"
 
2014-01-22 11:40:43 AM  
I declare a college education is now Officially Worthless if you need to be coached how to reheat leftovers.
 
2014-01-22 12:19:42 PM  
4. Stews and soups:zap it up on high and then wait for it to cool down from bubbling so you can eat it.But that makes the liquid evaporate, stealing precious bites from the very mouth you're seeking to fill.

WTF? It boggles my mind how utterly farking stupid that statement is.  If you're so worried about the teaspoon of water you lose then simply add extra before you heat it up.
 
2014-01-22 12:50:01 PM  
4. Stews and soups:zap it up on high and then wait for it to cool down from bubbling so you can eat it.But that makes the liquid evaporate, stealing precious bites from the very mouth you're seeking to fill.

Why the fark would you ever reheat soup to a full boil and then wait for it to cool? Wouldn't heating it to eating temperature or just slightly above make more sense? Stupid article is stupid. And cold eggs are disgusting.
 
2014-01-22 01:08:23 PM  

ReapTheChaos: 4. Stews and soups:zap it up on high and then wait for it to cool down from bubbling so you can eat it.But that makes the liquid evaporate, stealing precious bites from the very mouth you're seeking to fill.

WTF? It boggles my mind how utterly farking stupid that statement is.  If you're so worried about the teaspoon of water you lose then simply add extra before you heat it up.

Also, you're probably going to be heating it back up to a boil and have to wait for it to cool down anyway
 
2014-01-22 02:24:36 PM  
3. Pancakes: Hey, moron, make less pancakes. The batter holds up WAY better that the completed product.
 
2014-01-22 04:12:47 PM  

DubtodaIll: What is "leftover steak"?


Well, when I grill myself a steak I generally make two.... I love cold steak for lunch the next day.

But, no, I never re-heat.
 
2014-01-22 04:24:52 PM  
Anything other than the microwave?

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2014-01-22 07:14:25 PM  
Last May we had a lot of people over for a birthday party, so I prepared a bunch of steaks sous vide in a Gatorade cooler.  Whenever anyone wanted steak, I just took one out of the bath and seared it briefly on the grill.  It was a great way to feed a dozen people showing up at random times, and I didn't have to spend the whole party keeping track of what was cooking.

Inevitably, we had extra steak and no idea what to do with it.  I decided to just transfer the sous vide bags straight to the floor freezer.  A month later I'd warm up a steak in the same hot water bath I used to cook it in the first place, sliced it up and used it for stroganoff.  I tried just heating up one of the steaks and searing/eating it as a steak, but it was meh.  Not bad, but it tasted more like pot roast than steak.

Anyway, baggie+hot water bath seems like a pretty reliable way to reheat a steak.
 
2014-01-22 09:27:43 PM  
This author:

1) Saves pancakes for later
2) Apparently has to "preheat the oven" for half their suggestions
3) Is too stupid to put a lid over their soup when they microwave it.

Really, I'm not sure they can even count to potato, let alone reheat one.


For a REAL tip try this:
A slice of pizza can be reheated in a toaster oven. Just set the temp to 275 or so and the timer like you would a slice of toast. It actually comes out better than when it was cooked the first time.
 
2014-01-22 09:53:31 PM  
Oh for heaven's sake, nobody's doing anything "wrong" by using a microwave. Just put a damp paper towel over it and nuke it for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

/Doesn't work for fries, though.
//It's frikin' leftovers we're talking about.
///If something's been working for me for many years, you score no points by telling me I'm "doing it wrong"
 
2014-01-23 02:43:18 AM  
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