Yesterday, we told you how using your oven grill to reheat fried foods. Reader Roboir offered up his own enhancement on that method, combining microwaving with grilling for even better results.
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I haven't been able to test this method directly as I'm in the middle of the Off The Rails project, but it sounds promising. Here's how he does it:
"Being a chip fiend for many years (a genetic trait, apparently) I too discovered the secret to reheating chips and battered goods without re-frying them was using the grill.
However, I found a couple of variations that yielded me better results than using the grill alone. The best method I’ve trialled is:
1. Using Low/Mid (300-500W) power on your microwave, set the chips or miscellaneous fried goods on a plate and zap for 30 seconds to a 2 minutes, depending on quantity and thickness of food. When you see a steady stream of steam coming off the top, stop and open the microwave door. If the steam keeps rising for between 10-20 seconds then decreases, you’re right. Much longer, however, and the oil will sink into the food, depriving you of some crispiness. Then follow the instructions for grilling (make sure you pre-heat your grill, it needs to be red hot to blast heat onto the food), and finally re-salt/season to your taste. Enjoy!
The light microwaving starts to boil some of the water retained in the food, slightly steaming it and getting it more moist, or in the case of chips, fluffy in the middle. The grilling process re-boils the oil, hardening the outside, thus making it more crisp. Using this method results in a chip of roughly 85-90% of original deliciousness (mmmm, science).
If you have a convection microwave, all the better, and if you’ve got a convection microwave with a built-in grill, better still. Just make sure you heat up the grill element for about 5 min before putting the food in, using the microwave-grill combination for between 45 secs-3 min depending on food, then flip the food and run it at grill for 3 or so minutes. When the oil has been bubbling on the surface for about a minute you can turn it off, leave the food in for another minute, then remove and gorge."