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Heating cold (refrigerated or frozen) food is a problem . Heating fried food always fails (ex. crisp parts turn loose). At some restaurants, I saw that they re-heat fries by re-frying them again (few seconds).

Is this a good way to re-heat fried food?

EDIT: Reheating problems which I face: - Heating not uniform, some parts heated others still cold. - Reheated food loses color and look. - It loses crisp part (for fried).

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For Some foods, Microwaving works really well... they regain their crispiness.. But make sure u serve it immediately –  Shaima Mar 22 '13 at 7:18
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The simple answer is: it depends, but the short answer is probably not in many cases--often baking is better way to reheat fried foods.

What kind of food, what kind of frying?

Frying depends on there being sufficient moisture in the item being fried that the water in the item evaporates on contact with the frying medium (usually oil) so that the the food is essentially surrounded by a barrier of vapor escaping from the item. This is what prevents the fat from entering the food and making it greasy.

If the food is dried out, frying is going to make it greasy.

Even if the food is not already dried, additional frying will continue to dry and crisp the item. Also, frying is generally a very fast and intense cooking method, so may lead to increased risk of overcooking or burning the food item.

In the case of French fried potatoes (which I am inferring you are meaning by "fries"), the classic cooking method often employed is a two stage process:

  1. Par-frying at a (relatively) low temperature to cook the potato through
  2. Finish frying at a higher temperature to make it crispy and hot for service

In this method, the finish fry is not just reheating the potato--it is a part of the cooking process which is planned for in the recipe.

So the technique may or may not apply to other fried foods. Often, the best way to reheat a fried food item--although it won't be as good as the fresh, hot from the fryer item--is to bake it in a medium to hot oven, which is slower, more controlled, and doesn't introduce additional oil to the food item.

Of course, all of that being said, there are some people who like to refry Popeyes fried chicken to make it even more crispy, so again: it depends.

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One last thought: A restaurant that is truly reheating French fries with an additional fry--rather than the it being the finish fry in the classic two-stage cooking method--is not a quality place I want to go to, or one whose methods you might want to adopt. –  SAJ14SAJ Dec 23 '12 at 12:50
    
thanks :).. may be the restaurant was using semi-fried potatoes. I never asked them. –  Yousf Dec 23 '12 at 12:57
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I'd say the simple answer is not "it depends", but rather "it depends, but often baking works great." –  Jefromi Dec 23 '12 at 15:19
    
@Jefromi Okay, sure, ja, you betcha; I made a slight edit to the lead line to make that more apparent. –  SAJ14SAJ Dec 23 '12 at 15:31
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