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How to reheat food without a microwave

Cooking Tips - By Gloria Nyang'iye | April 6th 2020 at 01:20:52 GMT +0300
The best way to reheat cold food is to do it the same way it was initially cooked (Photo: Shutterstock)

Microwave ovens are extremely convenient household items that some people can’t live without. The kitchen appliance uses ‘microwave radiation’ to heat items put inside it and this concept has put some people off and made them afraid to heat up food inside a microwave.

Contrary to this belief, microwaved food does not become radioactive. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), microwaves are like light bulbs and when they’re switched off, there is no remainder of light in its surroundings.

You may, however, have other reasons for not using a microwave, be it to create more space in your kitchen or to simply save money instead of investing in a fancy kitchen gadget. Here are three alternatives to heating food in a microwave.

  • Makeshift steamer

If you don’t own a steamer, you can assemble your own steaming device right on your stovetop. To do so, bring some water to a boil in a saucepan and place the cold food in a tightly sealed non-plastic container.

Place this container on the boiling water, put a lid over the saucepan and let the contents steam for a few minutes. This method of heating up food is perfect for reheating grains, vegetables and pasta.

Your trustee oven will be perfect for reheating baked, grilled and roasted foods (Photo: Shutterstock)
  • Stovetop

The best way to reheat cold food is to do it the same way it was initially cooked. Most meals are typically cooked over a stovetop, especially soups and sauces. Reheating sauces can simply be done in a basic pot on a stovetop for a few minutes.

To reheat whole grains such as rice on a hob, melt some oil on a non-stick pan over medium heat while frequently tossing the food to prevent it from sticking to the pan. When it comes to pasta, put a little water and olive oil in a stainless-steel pot over medium heat. Pour in the pasta and put a lid over the pot to create steam while frequently tossing the food to stop it from sticking to the pot.

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  • Oven

Your trustee oven will be perfect for reheating baked, grilled and roasted foods. As mentioned above, the best way to reheat some foods is through the same way they were initially cooked. Some foods can become dry from the heat of an oven so to avoid this, cover them with tin foil to maintain a good amount of moisture.?

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