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Why is it faster to reheat something than it is to cook it?

"Cooking" is often a chemical process. Denaturing proteins, gelatinization, causing chemical reactions like browning, or even causing state changes like evaporation. In many cases for these ...
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Why do we need to reheat food?

The primary reason for reheating is just that warm food is more pleasant to eat. How warm, that is a personal preference - and stirring or heating longer can ensure more throughout heating. Reheating ...
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Advice for making/keeping shredded chicken moist?

The first issue I see is that you are over cooking your chicken breast. 20 minutes in a pressure cooker is really over doing it. Even a little over cooking dries chicken breast. Chicken breast ...
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Why do we need to reheat food?

You don't. Reheating food does not improve food safety, it is purely a matter of taste. Even "piping hot" is not hot enough to kill off any pathogens. If it's safe to eat warm, it's safe to ...
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Adding raw chicken to a meal that is being reheated

If a dish, any dish, leftovers or otherwise, has raw chicken added to it, then is cooked until said chicken is fully cooked, it is then safe to eat. There is nothing from what you describe that ...
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Reheating Hamburger Helper

I called General Mills, the makers of Hamburger Helper, and asked if there had been any changes to their recipes in the past 3 years. The representative (Thanks Kathy!) told me that the only recent ...
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When heating up a pizza, edges burn while middle still liquid

The key here is that you said you’ve thawed the pizza. Frozen pizzas are designed to be baked from frozen. The instructions on the box should reflect this.
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Why can't you reheat pasta in a microwave, grill, or wok?

If you're going to reheat pasta, microwaving is a good way. Adding a few drops of water and covering helps the texture if it doesn't have sauce already on it. You can actually do something close to ...
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Reheating grilled hamburger patties

If you have a pre-cooked burger patty, I'd suggest heating it in a frying pan / skillet over a high heat, add a splash of water and then cover with a small heat-proof bowl (a cloche), or a lid on your ...
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Make a cheese sauce that doesn't go solid when cooled

Your sauce is thickening up too much because it's losing moisture. After you cook your cheese sauce to perfection and mix it in with your pasta 2 things are happening: The sauce loses moisture due to ...
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Why can't you reheat pasta in a microwave, grill, or wok?

Uncooked pasta (fresh, partly dried or fully dried) needs to be boiled in water because it needs to absorb water in order to become soft. Pasta which has already been fully cooked, ready to eat, and ...
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Re-heat Sous Vide Roast Beef

Leave sealed in bag, but be sure to cool as quickly as possible (ice bath and stirring). Refrigerate. Reheat, sous vide, in bag. It will take at least 3 hours to reheat. You will need the time it ...
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Is it safe to reheat tea with milk?

The official answer from your health department is no, it's not safe. After four hours at room temperature, you have to pitch it. That standard is a little on the paranoid side. Which is appropriate, ...
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Can you extend shelf life by reheating?

What you're concerned with when it come to food spoilage is the toxins bacteria produce, not the bacteria. While heating it will kill the bacteria, the toxins are typically proteins which will not be ...
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Why can't one reheat wok noodles?

The "do not reheat" is standard text on food that's already cooked (like these noodles) with the expectation you'll cook it again. So they expect you to reheat once by stir-frying, then not again. You ...
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Advice for making/keeping shredded chicken moist?

Chicken breast is not suitable for making shredded meat. For that, you need collagen-rich dark meat, for example chicken thighs. If you cook your chicken breast less, as moscafj suggested, you can ...
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I Need to Cook Duchess Potatoes but the Oven Cannot go Above 135C or 275F

You are missing an option, which is to let the meat rest before serving and bake the potatoes at the right temperature. Most meats, especially beef, become more tender if they have a chance to rest, ...
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Was our chicken the correct temperature?

It's perfectly safe. If it's pre-cooked then it is safe to eat cold, hot or lukewarm. It's true that room temperature is the happy range for the microbes that cause foodborne illness to grow, but that ...
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Is there any way for me to reheat mini beef wellingtons without toughening the meat?

Very doable, you just have to fool around with them a little. Watch the meat carefully, and check the internal temperature in several pieces with a meat thermometer, as they're heating. If you're ...
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Why is it faster to reheat something than it is to cook it?

This is because when you're cooking some foods you're not just heating it up. A lot of foods are boiled, not because they need to be heated up, but because they need to absorb water. We just boil the ...
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Advice for making/keeping shredded chicken moist?

First, I would recommend changing how you cook the breasts -- I usually poach breasts, starting it in boiling liquid then putting on a lid, turning the heat down to low and letting it sit for an hour. ...
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Can these Oktoberfest dishes be reheated without ruining them?

The potato salad, and the peppers and onions, are standard steam-tray fare. If you can, make them somewhat ahead of time and keep warm, covered, in a low oven. The brats can be treated likewise, ...
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Is it OK to reheat my spaghetti sauce over & over?

Food safety wise, you want to minimise the amount of time the uneaten sauce spends in the "danger zone", 4-60 degrees Celsius. When you repeatedly reheat and chill food, every time it chills ...
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What would be the best way to freeze and reheat home-made pizza

Based on personal experience with both my own pizzas, made in a pizza oven and reheated in a regular one, and professionally made high-quality frozen pizzas from a wood-fired oven (Vicolo in San ...
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How do I reheat previously-cooked frozen sausage?

One option: reheat slowly in the microwave and until it is barely unfrozen enough to break apart. Then break it down into meal-sized portions, take the part you want for now and wrap the remaining ...
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How can I reheat Onion Bhajis without an oven or hub to make them crispy?

If the bhajis fit into the toaster slots, toaster bags should work. They are primarily intended for toasted sandwiches, but it they can contain melted cheese good I wouldn’t expect a bit of bhaji ...
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Can you extend shelf life by reheating?

The short answer is: no, you can't. In food safety, the times safe at a specific temperature range are cumulative, and nothing can "reset the clock". You only get the opportunity to keep it from ...
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reheating leftover omelette on stove in pan without overdrying or making it too oily?

There is no way to reheat an omelette & arrive back at 'a fresh omlette'. You serve it just before it's completely cooked, so it arrives at the table correctly finished. Five minutes later ...
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Is it safe to reheat mushrooms?

That's a myth, and as such your follow-up questions are moot. There is no scientific evidence of any kind that any particular method of reheating mushrooms -- or not reheating them -- is dangerous or ...
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What can be done to best preserve the quality of protein when reheating with sides in a microwave?

Don't blame the microwave. It doesn't cook "inside out"; it just cooks relatively evenly compared to the heat of an oven or hob. But it also cooks quickly, and so you are cooking your food ...
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