Reheat Leftovers With A Damp Paper Towel

Reheat Leftovers With A Damp Paper Towel

Food is never quite the same when it’s reheated the next day, but a few Redditors share some tips for making your leftovers a bit more appetising.

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Drbudro shares how he keeps his leftovers from getting too dry:

If you notice that your leftovers are getting dry, tough or inconsistently heated when microwaving, add a little water. This works great with veggies, rice, noodle/pasta … as the water heats up and becomes steam it hydrates your food, prevents already dry spots from losing more water and helps even out the heating process. I usually add a thimble-full of water per serving. Let your food sit covered for two minutes after microwaving for best results.

RedYote offers an even better suggestion:

I don’t normally add water, but instead put a wet paper towel over the leftovers I’m microwaving. It turns it into steam.

It can make the difference between tough, dry leftovers and food that tastes just as good as it did last night. There are several other great tips for heating leftovers over at the thread on Reddit, so hit the link below to read more.

Add Water to Leftovers When Microwaving [Reddit]


  • THE BEST way to re-heat food in a microwave is slowly, slowly, SLOWLY. I know… it sounds silly… we use a microwave to heat food FAST right ? But hear me out. I have a plate of leftover “anything” that I plan to eat for dinner….

    I get home from work, walk in the door and instead of blasting it for 2-3 minutes on 100% HIGH… I set the microwave to run for 20 minutes…. at 10-15% setting…. same amount of microwave heating time… 2-3 minutes… but much GENTLER and natural on the food.

    What you get at then end resembles the tasty original meal that was served up 1-2 nights before, rather than a superheated, dried out, soggy burning hot representation of.

    By the time I potter around the house for a while doing bits and pieces… the dinner is ready… and edible. It’s not like i get home and want to eat in 2-3 minutes…. so the 20-25 minutes microwave time goes unnoticed.

    Try it… it’s the secret you’ll be telling to everyone you know when you spot them chucking a plate of food in the microwave…

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