There’s no quicker way to reheat a food or beverage than in a microwave oven. I suppose you could try a blowtorch, but why risk burning down your kitchen? The problem with the microwave is that it’s not always the best way to reheat food. There are some things that you should not put in there for various reasons.
The culinary experts at Food Network have put together a list of six foods that you should absolutely never reheat in your microwave. They also offer tips for getting better results:
- Casseroles – Reheat them in a conventional oven instead. Add a bit of water, cover in foil so the food won’t dry out, and bake at 325 degrees F until the middle of the casserole gets to 325.
- Fried Chicken – You can’t get the crispy back if you microwave the chicken. You’ll be better off putting the chicken on a pan and cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes or until crispy.
- Pizza – This is one time when the microwave is always disappointing. You get much better results by baking leftover pizza in an oven at 375 degrees F. Or you can put a couple of slices in a dry skillet, make a tent with foil and heat on medium until the crust is crispy.
- Pasta – It’s better to use a saucepan over medium heat if you are reheating a tomato-based sauce. Use a pot of boiling water to reheat un-sauced noodles instead of getting a sticky mess in the microwave.
- Steak – Microwaving steak is a sin! Instead, slice the steak in thin slices and stick them in a saucepan with some oil until the steak is at the desired temperature.
- French Fries – This is a tough one. Fries are very difficult to reheat and maintain their original flavor and consistency. The microwave fails every time. Try using a non-stick saucepan with some oil, brown them until crispy, and use a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
That’s all solid advice from Food Network. I’ve personally had success reheating fried chicken, French fries, and even pizza in my air fryer, so you might also want to try that.