The Ultimate Guide to Reheating Food

The Ultimate Guide to Reheating Food

Here is the HOLY GRAIL of anything you would ever possibly need to know about reheating in both an oven and microwave. Which happens to be a big part of a Corporate Flight Attendant’s job.

Thank you to my friends at Vintage Caterers for allowing me to share this, as it is immaculately detailed and useful!

Reheat Instructions for Proteins in Microwave and Oven

Beef, Veal, Lamb

Steak-Roast-Chops in Microwave:Keep covered, place the container on the outside edge of the microwave turntable, and reheat for 35 second intervals (depending on the strength of your microwave) on a high setting. After each 35 second interval, check the beef with a probe thermometer to gauge the internal temperature. When desired doneness is achieved, let meat rest for one minute before serving.

Steak-Roast-Chops in Oven:Keep covered, place container in center of oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and reheat for 5-7 minute intervals. After each interval, check the beef with a probe thermometer to gauge the internal temperature. When desired doneness is achieved, let meat rest for one minute before serving. Use the chart blow as a reference to degrees of doneness.

Poultry

Chicken, Turkey, Duck in Microwave: Keep covered, place the container on the outside edge of the microwave turntable, and reheat for 35 second intervals (depending on the strength of your microwave) on a high setting. After each 35 second interval, check the poultry with a probe thermometer to gauge the internal temperature. Reheat food until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill bacteria and decrease risk of food poisoning.

Chicken, Turkey, Duck in Oven: Keep covered, place a small amount of water or sauce in bottom of container to help keep poultry moist. Place container in center of oven that has been preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and reheat for 12 minutes. Check the internal temperature with a probe thermometer to gauge internal temperature. Reheat food until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill bacteria and decrease the risk of food poisoning.

Fish

Fish and Seafood in Microwave: To keep the fish moist, you can add a bit of butter on top of the fish, or a tablespoon of water in the bottom of the container. Keep covered, set microwave to 30-40% of full power, and reheat fish for 25 second intervals. After each interval, check the fish with a probe thermometer to gauge the internal temperature. Use the chart below to determine the finished internal temperature for each kind of fish or seafood.

Fish and Seafood in Oven: To keep the fish moist, add a bit of butter on top of fish, or add a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the container. Keep covered and place container in the center of oven that has been preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and reheat for 5-7 minute intervals. After each interval, check the internal temperature of the fish with a probe thermometer, use the chart below to determine the finished internal temperature for each kind of fish or seafood.

Reheat Instructions for Vegetables and Starches in Microwave and Oven

Vegetables Roasted, Grilled, Blanched, Steamed

Vegetables in Microwave: Keep covered, add a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the container to keep food moist. Place container on outer edge of turntable, and microwave for 35 second intervals on high setting. After each interval, mix the contents of the container to ensure even cooking. Continue reheating until vegetables are piping hot.

Vegetables in Oven: Place a tablespoon of water in bottom of container to keep food moist. Keep covered and place in the center of a preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Reheat for 5-7 minute intervals, checking the contents and stirring them in between each interval. Reheat vegetables until all are piping hot.

Starches, Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Couscous

Starches in Microwave: Keep covered, place container on outer edge of turntable. Set microwave to 70 percent full power and reheat for one minute intervals. Between each interval, stir the contents to ensure even reheating, continue to reheat until contents are piping hot.

Starches in Oven: Keep covered, place container in center of oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Reheat for 7-10 minute intervals, checking the contents and stirring between each interval. Continue to reheat until contents are piping hot.

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