foods The Best Ways to Reheat All of Your Favorite Foods  

Jessica Lawshe
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Reheating food just never seems to restore it to its original goodness. But throwing away perfectly good leftovers seems like a waste. Luckily, there are ways to reheat your past meals without totally destroying them. And most don't require a microwave.

Reheating leftovers might seem like a pain, but these leftovers hacks make second dinner (almost) as good as the first. Turns out, the best way to reheat pizza is actually on the stove with a skillet. (Or you could always just eat it cold!) And it also turns out that a cast-iron skillet is also the best way to reheat steak. For french fries, your best bet is also in a skillet. But when it comes to pies or muffins, the oven is the way you want to go. 

When you follow these tips for reheating food you won't even remember you're eating leftovers! So check out our list and get those ovens and stove-tops fired up!
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As The Kitchn explains, the best way to re-heat a piece of pizza is NOT in the oven. Instead, you'll want to reach for your frying pan. To reheat, throw your slices in a dry pan on the stove top and cover with a lid to make sure the cheese melts (again). You'll get crispy crust and melt-y, warm toppings in no time!

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What's the point of keeping leftover fries when they just turn into a soggy mess? Lifehacker has the solution: add a thin layer of cooking oil to a skillet, heat the skillet over medium-high heat, and once it's hot, throw in your leftover fries. Cook them until they have returned to their crispy, golden glory! 

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As The Washington Post explains, the best way to reheat mac and cheese is right back on the stove. Put about a half-cup of milk in a saucepan and heat it with a little butter. When the milk gets hot, add your leftover mac and cheese and stir constantly until it incorporates the milk and is heated all the way through. The key is to not let the noodles and cheese get too hot. If you want to get really fancy, grate up some fresh cheddar and throw it on top!

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There actually is a correct way to re-heat fish, and no, it doesn't involve the microwave. Taste As You Go suggests these steps: "Preheat the oven to 325°F. Wrap the leftover fish in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped fish directly on the oven rack and let sit in the oven for 15-20 minutes." Or you could always add the cold fish to a salad and call it a day.

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