Translated for you: 10 ways to make leftovers more inviting

Translated for you: 10 ways to make leftovers more inviting

Leftover foods often get a bad reputation, but we suggest 9 ways to make them more tempting and heat them up right.

The original article “9 easy ways to upgrade your leftovers” by Paige Bennett appears on Insider. A told list of ways to make leftover foods more tempting – we’ve translated it for you.

Reheated food is often not very tasty and its texture is not the best, and perhaps for this reason leftovers do not have a very good reputation. But the holiday season is just around the corner, and we know that in this period it is inevitable to accumulate a lot of leftovers. Instead of throwing away what’s left of the dinner, it can be transformed into something fresh and tasty with a minimum of tricks. Read on and we’ll reveal 9 simple tricks that will breathe new life into your leftovers .


  1. Do not reheat leftovers in the microwave. While it is very practical to use, the microwave oven can cause heated food to become soggy and also detract from its flavor. Depending on the dish to be heated, you will need to add a drop of water or a few tablespoons of olive oil. It should be remembered that pasta heats up better on the stove, and that meats and vegetables come out of the oven crisp and tender. And if you want to add a touch of smoked to your dish, remember that there is always the possibility of grilling it.
  2. If you really have to use the microwave, at least keep leftovers in quality containers. While it is generally better to store food in glass containers rather than plastic ones, a self-sealing lid with vent should still be considered for your leftovers. When putting food in the fridge, close the vent, as the air could dry it out and spoil the flavor. When heating it, open the vent to allow the steam to escape from the container. This trick will ensure that your dish tastes good and doesn’t get mushy.
  3. To prevent food from drying out too much, add moisture to leftovers before reheating them. In addition to using a vented container, you can breathe new life into your leftovers by simply adding a little moisture. Foods such as pasta, rice, carrots and tubers absorb liquids during their stay in the refrigerator, which must be replaced before preparing them. For this, just add a drop of water. Instead, you can add milk or cream to pasta dishes before heating them, and for meats a drop of extra virgin olive oil or a knob of butter will be enough to keep them tender.
  4. Give your leftovers a little extra flavor by adding some spice. The most effective way to enhance last night’s dinner is to add a few more toppings. This works best if you keep this in mind during the original preparation – so you can leave portions of foods such as meats, beans and vegetables unsaturated, and then you can use them as neutral palettes when it is time to heat them. Even if you have already seasoned the food during cooking, you can still add other spices to give a new flavor to the dishes. Sometimes even a pinch of salt can work real miracles.
  5. Make a nice timbale with your leftovers . To make a timbale, simply mix the leftovers of the various food categories in a pan which you will then put in the oven. A completely new meal will come out. Better yet, when cooked in this way the timbale will be ready to eat as soon as it reaches a temperature of 74 ° C.
  6. Turn leftovers into soups or sauces. Just as you tossed half a refrigerator into a roasting pan, you can turn refrigerated vegetables, grains and proteins into tasty soups and sauces before everything goes bad. Place the leftovers in a pan with water or broth and bring to a boil to prepare a quick but nutritious meal. To make a substantial sauce instead, heat the vegetables on the stove and then add the water, milk or cream. It works especially well with sweet potatoes or squash.
  7. Make the most of leftover carbohydrates. There is nothing more disappointing than a loaf of bread or a bag of potato chips that go bad before you can finish them. However, it is easy to transform this type of leftover into condiments and side dishes, in order to minimize waste. With bread you can make breadcrumbs, and the sweet tooth can also prepare pudding. Also you can use the chips to create a tasty crust to fill, or crumble them on sweets such as cookies or chocolate cakes, to create a tasty contrast. And if you can’t eat the biscuits in time, you can crumble them on the ice cream and make some biscuit butter with them.
  8. Do not leave sliced ​​fruit out for too long . We are generally not inclined to consider fruit as part of the leftovers, and it often happens that we have containers full of slices of melons and berries that we have not been able to consume in full during the meal. Putting sliced ​​fruit in the fridge is a good way to quickly make it lose the tasty and delicate flavor it has. It’s best to use what is left over to make a smoothie, or freeze everything to later turn into a sweet sorbet. If you prefer to eat fruit in its original form, you can always season it with a little honey or add it to yogurt to give it a little more flavor.
  9. And when all else fails, add the cheese. Adding cheese to leftovers is a quick and tasty way to improve the flavor. Add it to your dish at the end of the heating phase, to prevent everything from becoming a greasy mess.

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