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Five foods you should not even think to reheat in microwave

Microwave is a favorite these day as all one has to do is to press a button and get his or her food as fresh as just cooked now.

No doubt Microwave has made our lives convenient and time efficient but there are some foods that are not to be reheated in Microwave. Here are some of these,

Pizza

The one food that has seen more microwaves than any of us ever will. However, your best options are the stove and/or oven, both are good options for reheating pizza, depending on the quantity; If it’s an entire pizza, then go with the oven at 375°F until the cheese has melted and the crust seems crisp; for just a slice or two, a more convenient option is to place them on a dry skillet and cover lightly on top with foil.

Heat the slices on a stove on medium heat, until the cheese has melted and the crust is crisp.

Pasta

If it is plain pasta, without any sauce, the best way to heat it is in boiling water on the stove for about 30 to 45 seconds, depending on the type of pasta.

Pasta that’s already covered in a cream or oil-based sauce is a little trickier, since the oil or cream may separate, ruining the consistency of the dish. In a saucepan, place the pasta on the stove on medium-low heat. Combine it with a small amount of fat (such as cream or oil — whichever was used when it was first cooked). Keep an eye on it, and stir it frequently.

Pasta with a tomato-based sauce is an easier task. This can be reheated in a small saucepan on the stove, over medium heat. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water while it heats, and season it accordingly.

Steak

As you may have guessed, reheating a steak in a microwave is probably the worst way to go about it. The right way to heat steak is to thinly slice it, to allow the heat to distribute evenly, and then place it in a sauté pan with oil over medium heat, until the steak is brown at the edges and warmed through.

French fries

French fries are the trickiest to reheat, because it is easy for them to lose their taste and consistency when heated, especially the crispness.

Heat a little oil in a non-stick sauté pan until it starts to shimmer. Add the leftover fries and let them fry until they’re brown and crisp. Remove the fries from oil, and drain the oil on a plate lined with paper towels. Lastly, sprinkle some salt.

However, keep in mind that there are some foods that shouldn’t be reheated altogether, and tossed out instead.

According to Mirror, celery and spinach should never be reheated because the nitrate contents of the food can become toxic from the heat.

Similarly, food with high protein content should also be avoided when reheating. For example, chicken and mushrooms can cause digestive problems because the protein composition changes due to the heat.

Fried Chicken

Pop fried chicken into the oven at 375°F for about ten minutes, and the result will be better than when it’s microwaved. Be sure to place the chicken on a baking sheet or pan.