How To Cook or Reheat Food Fast Without A Microwave

Have you ever opened the fridge knowing that you have some tasty leftovers in there, only to get depressed when you think about how they will taste when you reheat them in the microwave?

Have you ever opened the fridge knowing that you have some tasty leftovers in there, only to get depressed when you think about how they will taste when you reheat them in the microwave?

As I’ve gotten older I have come to look down upon microwaving food.  Between the radiation fears and food tasting like crap when you bite into it, I try my best to use “other methods”.  After today you will probably think long and hard about doing the same.

So what happens when you nuke your favorite foods?  The pizza is soggy, the rice is hard, the spaghetti is runny.  Sure there are a few tricks of the trade but it’s just not the same is it?

So how do you recapture or maybe even enhance that flavorful food from the day before, without having to wait forever?  Believe it or not, our solution is an older technology.  It’s what people used to use before anyone knew what the hell a microwave was.

From The Bottom To The Top Now We Here

Your kitchen stove is one of the best ways to cook and heat up food in a hurry.  All without losing the texture or flavor.  From the broiler to the stove top here’s a bunch of different ways to get the job done, the right way.

The Stove Bottom (Broiler)

Are you hankering for that T-bone steak you just finished thawing in the fridge, but not in the mood to stand up and carefully watch it fry or wait for it to cook in the oven for 15 mins.  No problem! 

All you need in your trusty broiling pan.  Every stove comes with one.  It can be found in the little compartment that pulls out from the bottom part of the stove?  So what exactly is broiling?

When broiling your food, you are basically grilling your food upside down.  In comparison to your standard grill which exposes your food to high heat from underneath, broiling does the same thing but from the top.  Most stoves will have either of two options for broiling.  Both will utilize the ridged broil pan.

In some stoves, you will have to remove the broiling pan and put it on the highest oven rack possible.  In other stoves, you can broil it right in the bottom where the pan comes from.

In addition to cooking steak in 5-10 minutes, there are several other foods you can broil including veggies.  Oh, and here’s the best part.  When done, your meats will be juicy and flavorful on the inside and have a nice char on the outside. 

Make sure to preheat to broiling temperature by turning the knob all the way to the setting labeled…BROIL beforehand.  Be careful though, it cooks fast.  Get distracted and you will burn your food.

The Stove Middle (The Oven)

While you could ideally reheat most leftover foods in your broiler, that’s more for cooking raw food.  If you are working with leftovers like flat pasta (lasagna), meats, veggies and the king of all leftovers, pizza, the oven is the way to go.  Here’s how you go about getting that food heated up quickly.

Besides an oven, the other tools for this job are; cooking spray, a baking pan, and aluminum foil.  What you want to do once you have all of that is to set your oven to the highest level possible.  This will help with the reheating time. 

Take the aluminum foil, cut a sheet off and lay it down on the inside of the pan.  Now spray the cooking spray on there before adding your food.  If you are better with visuals click here

If you are cooking or reheating meats that you don’t want to get dry, simply sprinkle some water over your food and cover it with another piece of aluminum foil.

The Stove Top

Well, you already know how to cook food on the stove top by frying or boiling, but that takes forever.  Unfortunately, if you’re looking to accelerate cooking from scratch, there’s nothing I can do for you.  As for leftovers that’s another story.  Prepare to be amazed.

From Chinese takeout and Spaghetti to your favorite slice, the stove top and a nice non-stick frying pan is the answer to all your hangry (hungry + angry) needs.  The directions here are simple. 

Grab that cooking spray and aluminum foil from before.  For things like rice, noodles, and vegetables,  just add some olive oil or cooking spray to the pan, turn on the heat and once it starts sizzling add the food and about a half cup of water.

Now move the food around as it cooks, adding more water if you see it drying up too quickly.  For something like pizza, you’re going to simply heat the pan, add the slice and cover it with some aluminum foil, and let it do its thing.  That’s it.  Just as fast, healthier and tastier than a microwave meal.  Bon Appétit!

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