Mistakes We Make With Our Leftovers

September 26, 2018

There are two type of people in this world, those who hate leftovers and those who love 'em!  For those who adore a second chance to dine on yesterday's meal, there's a good chance you are making some culinary mistakes with them.  Whether the leftovers are from your own meals or ones from your favorite restaurant, experts offers some constructive criticism of some mistakes you make with your leftovers.  First is the laziness of reheating! While simply popping the leftovers in the microwave for a minute gets the job done, it can completely destroy the texture, flavor and joy. Pizza, for instance, can actually taste better than fresh by reheating it in the oven or by using a skillet pan rather than microwaving it into a soggy, mess. As a general rule, leftovers are best when reheated via the same method they were cooked. Soups reheat in a pot on the stove top. A panini goes in the toaster oven. Meats and seafood get the low-and-slow treatment in the oven. Fried rice or chow mein get tossed in a wok or pan. Be creative!  Combine leftovers to create new meals. Slice that steak from last night and mix it with a can of mushroom soup to create a simple stroganoff. Add a step to your weekly meal planning by making a list of all the leftovers currently in your fridge and then incorporate those ingredients into your menu for the following week. We generally store leftover the same way for all food but different foods require different storage methods. For instance, a salad stored in a plastic container is going to see the avocados going bad before the spinach, which will go bad before the shredded cheese. So store different foods in different containers, so fast-failing food doesn’t contaminate the hardier stuff.

SOURCE: The Thrillist

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