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The Art of Microwave Reheating

By Samsung,  28.05.2015.


Cooking shows like MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules seldom demonstrate the skill required for microwave reheating, but learn these tips below and you’ll savour leftovers instead of suffering cardboard pizza and other “unchewable” edibles.

Moisture

Moisture is Key

Moisture is the key to retaining the best of yesterday's meal in your microwave.

Microwaves work by heating water molecules in food, which means it loses moisture while being warmed. Here are some ways you can help to limit dehydration and retain moisture for specific dishes:


Most foods: Drape a damp paper towel over your food before you microwave.


Curries, Pasta, Soup (and combination liquid and solid foods): To ensure your food has an even temperature throughout, we recommend stirring it every minute or 2. This helps to distribute heat evenly and reduces the likelihood of food that is warm near the surface but cold in the middle.


Pizza: Without soaking the crust, wet it with a small amount of water before heating.

reheating different foods

Coffee: If your cuppa has been sitting at room temperature for a while, it's likely to have gone bitter. Add a splash of water to help cut through the bitterness, and then microwave it, without bringing it to boil.


Sandwiches: Sprinkle a few drops of water on your sandwich bread or roll before heating. Don't overdo it though as it can be the difference between fluffy or soggy bread.


Rice: Add some water to the rice and microwave it. Again, be careful with how much water you add, to avoid a soggy consistency.


Curries, Pasta, Soup (and combination liquid and solid foods): To ensure your food has an even temperature throughout, we recommend stirring it every minute or 2. This helps to distribute heat evenly and reduces the likelihood of food that is warm near the surface but cold in the middle.

The Half & Half Rule

A good rule of thumb for reheating is the "half-and-half" rule: half the power and half the time.


  1. Use half the heat; and
  2. Halfway through the microwaving process flip, stir, or rearrange your food, to distribute heat evenly.
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Consider Your Microwave Container

  • Never reheat food in metal or aluminium foil
  • Opinions are divided on whether microwaving using plastic wrap or containers are healthy or not, even though they are commonly used to store food.
  • Ceramic plates and bowls are a safe bet, so long as they are microwave safe.