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How can I best reheat frozen meals?


Usually, I prepare food in large quantities and freeze most of it so I don't have to cook the following days. I'm used to the part where food that is frozen the normal, slow way loses some of its original texture, flavour and firmness.

As I can't do anything about the freezing process for I only have the stuff I have, I thought about how frozen food should be optimally reheated to avoid additional damage as much as possible.

How can I best reheat frozen food while preserving most of its original properties (flavour, etc.)?

The question specifically targets food I prepared and not frozen food you can buy in your supermarket.

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As far as I know, there isn't a one size fits all solution for frozen food. I also prepare large amounts and freeze for later, here are some of the tricks I use for specific items:

  • Roasted potatoes - short microwave (30 seconds - 1 minute) followed by oven or toaster oven until warmed through.
  • Roasted meat - same as potatoes. This is especially important for fish from the trout family.
  • Sauces, etc. (butter chicken is a good example) - warm up slowly on the stove, stirring often. I found this often fixes the separation problems with sauces, versus microwaving them.