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Mario
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:51 am    Post subject: Reheating Fried Foods Reply with quote

Can you re-heat fried foods in the oven and still have them be crispy and not soggy?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Reheating Fried Foods Reply with quote

Mario wrote:
Can you re-heat fried foods in the oven and still have them be crispy and not soggy?


Heh, due to the long lapse in time here, I figure the answer is no. I've never been able to do it.

However, reheating food can be dicey sometimes. Especially if you're reheating a nice beef roast that was rare or medium rare. Most people will pop that sucker in to the microwave and promptly ruin it. You can install it to a 300 degree oven with some moisture in the foil package. But so far, the best reheating method I've come across that not only warms your food gently, but it will keep it juicy nice. This would be one of those neat Asian bamboo steamers. Nice even, moist heat that doesn't destroy your meal.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:13 pm    Post subject: Bamboo Bambad Reply with quote

Ugh, bamboo steamers don't work well for fried foods unless you want limp goo.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Bamboo Bambad Reply with quote

DuxIl wrote:
Ugh, bamboo steamers don't work well for fried foods unless you want limp goo.


Yup, exactly what I said. Ya just can't do it.

The paragraph regarding bamboo steamers addressed reheating food, not fried food. I only mentioned it because it popped in to my mind at the time and know how some people like to reheat their tender beef roasts in the microwave.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Reheating Fried Foods Reply with quote

Mario wrote:
Can you re-heat fried foods in the oven and still have them be crispy and not soggy?


Heh, I did it. I reheated fried foods and got a crispy skin on all pieces. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to participate.

It was Sunday afternoon and I was not feeling hip to making dinner. My wife had been craving Popeye's chicken for a long time. I finally gave in and picked up way too much. Directly after the meal, she individually wrapped each piece in foil, then baggy and froze them.

Cold fried chicken is the best, but not usually fast food fried chicken. Too much nasty grease. So, I decided to reheat. I preheated my Farberware convection oven to 375. Got a cookie sheet, lined with foil and put a wire rack down. This way the hot air can move easily from top to bottom. Boiling fried chicken in it's own grease just doesn't sound right.
The pieces ended up being about 3/4" apart from each other as I put them in to the oven on the center rack. Once in, I turned it down to 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Wings were crunchy. Thighs also had a snap and the breast needed another 7 minutes or so.
Sure it was just popeye's chicken, but the reheat rendered me crispy skin.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:46 am    Post subject: Clone him Reply with quote

DuxIl wrote:
Ugh, bamboo steamers


Oh ye, we all wanna be just like you...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reheat stuff in my toaster oven all the time. Pizza comes out better the second time around and reheating left over french fries this way crisps them again, a bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reheating fried foods Reply with quote

Microwave? Yuck, moist and gooey
Steamer? You're kidding, right?
If you want crispy reheated fried foods, heat them on a low heat (200-250 degrees) in a small toaster oven for 15-25 minutes (long enough to warm through depending on thickness)
Don't wrap them in anything that just keeps the moisture in
If you have one of those fancy convection toaster ovens then even better, it keeps the air moving and draws the moisture off
If you need to do a last minute crisp, turn on the broiler but keep an eye on it
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