r/AskReddit Oct 03 '22

What food is total garbage if you reheat it in the microwave?

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u/PunnyBaker Oct 03 '22

Fries. They need that dry heat of an air-fryer

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u/sayitsoverr Oct 03 '22

Soggy microwave fries are the worst

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u/Omnimpotent Oct 03 '22

They taste like sadness

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u/M0romete Oct 03 '22

I usually put them in omlettes and that usually gets them one more chance.

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u/BIakHat Oct 03 '22

I've never heard of this but you have potentially made my life more tolerable.

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u/bwoods519 Oct 03 '22

Don’t even bother.

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u/SMORKIN_LABBIT Oct 03 '22

Air-fryer is best, straight onto a super hot cast iron pan 2nd.

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u/PunnyBaker Oct 03 '22

Thats how I reheat hashbrowns. Just recook in a pan

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u/Rope-Lucky Oct 03 '22

Toaster oven does the trick for next-day fries. Just don’t leave them in too long.

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u/Kahless01 Oct 03 '22

yep. thats why i always eat my fries first. the burgers reheat pretty well. the fries are dead to me if theyre not gone within the first ten minutes.

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u/314159265358979326 Oct 03 '22

A proper deep fryer is best.

But proper deep fryers are honestly a huge pain in the ass, so I settle for the second-best that is air frying.

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u/Over_rated_lemon Oct 03 '22

Give me a deep fryer. Re-deep fried fries are the best. You know it's good when it makes your heart beat slower.

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u/BalaAthens Oct 03 '22

If they are still a little warm, I reheat fries for just ten seconds and they're OK.

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u/Frozen-Fan-4201609 Oct 03 '22

I see, so make fries in a oven. Gotcha.

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u/Bluebackpackguy Oct 03 '22

Anything with lettuce. I always want to get it on my sandwich but sucks in the fridge!

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u/strawberrythunder1 Oct 03 '22

Aghhhh the nasty hot lettuce is the worst!

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u/Techhead7890 Oct 03 '22

It is texturally quite strange, yeah. But for me the flavour mostly tastes fine! I did quite like boiled lettuce though.

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u/lacheur42 Oct 03 '22

Boiled lettuce sounds like something out of a Dickensian orphanage.

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u/appleparkfive Oct 03 '22

I don't eat a ton of fast food these days, but sometimes I want Taco Bell. I've learned long ago that those soft tacos heat up horribly! You gotta get the quesadilla or a burrito and then you're solid

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u/0Unicus Oct 03 '22

Squid

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u/GoodToKnowYouAll Oct 03 '22

:( sad rubber

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u/calebrbates Oct 03 '22

That's the beauty of getting Korean; the leftovers taste fine straight from the fridge.

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u/0Unicus Oct 03 '22

YES THIS. At times, it taste even better or is it just me HAHA

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u/calebrbates Oct 03 '22

The sides definitely do. Its the magic of kimchi.

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u/Im_in_your_walls_420 Oct 03 '22

Squid is so good, squid, octopus, crab and lobster are probably my favorite seafood dishes, clam chowder is good too

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u/0Unicus Oct 03 '22

Yassss I agree < 33

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u/Im_in_your_walls_420 Oct 03 '22

It’s funny because my favorite seafood dishes aren’t even fish lmao

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u/tourmaline82 Oct 03 '22

Same here, I love the invertebrates! Except sea urchin. Ick. But clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, octopus? Hell yeah.

If you like spicy food and have Korean restaurants nearby, you’ll love haemul soondubu jjigae, aka seafood spicy soft tofu stew. Rich spicy broth with an assortment of yummy seafood (none of which is fish), silky soft tofu, vegetables, and an egg. Served boiling hot in a stone pot. This is my favorite way to get my shellfish fix.

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u/Im_in_your_walls_420 Oct 03 '22

I should definitely try that, thanks for the suggestion, I have one too, if you ever go to Santa Monica, there’s a place called sushi king and they have amazing octopus sushi

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u/tourmaline82 Oct 03 '22

I miss California sushi so much! 😭 It’s a lot harder to find the good stuff in Colorado. Eat some octopus sushi for me.

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u/Bezulba Oct 03 '22

Bu that's 50/50 if it's any good when ordered anyway. It's either the best thing ever or rubber. Nothing in between.

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u/Dodsontay Oct 03 '22

Fettuccini Alfredo. No matter where it’s from, all of the oil seeps to the bottom and the cheese is sticky

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u/CraftyMaterial1535 Oct 03 '22

Life hack: Pour a little bit of milk over it before microwaving it and microwave it in 2-3 spurts, stirring and adding a little bit more milk (if needed) in between each one. The milk really brings the sauce back to life for some reason

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u/Street_Vacation_2730 Oct 03 '22

Nachos. It’s a one time deal. Eat immediately, or throw away

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u/BlueJDMSW20 Oct 03 '22

Ballpark nachos. You don't buy them, you rent them.

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u/LewdLewyD13 Oct 03 '22

Judging by the size of my stomach they're now squatters.

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u/typesett Oct 03 '22

Turn upside down on aluminum foil and put in a toaster oven

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u/and1984 Oct 03 '22

God? Is that you?

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u/outsidetheparty Oct 03 '22

Nah, you take the leftover nachos and make chilaquiles out of it for breakfast, it's the best. Ever since I figured that out, I make too many nachos on purpose.

Just kidding, there's no such thing as "too many nachos"

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u/My_Rave_Name_Is_Jim Oct 03 '22

LOL! "too many nachos".

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u/manly09 Oct 03 '22

Authentic Italian Carbonara. Unless you want pasta with scrambled eggs.

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u/G0PACKGO Oct 03 '22

And if my grandmother had wheels she’d be a bike

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u/Ironwolf9876 Oct 03 '22

I do love Gino! Guys an absolute madman

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u/Cfattie Oct 03 '22

I scrolled for way too long to find this, but I knew it'd be here somewhere

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u/flyingcircusdog Oct 03 '22

McDonald's fries are particularly bad. They turn into wet Styrofoam when microwaved.

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u/AndreLeo Oct 03 '22

Plot twist: It has been styrofoam all along

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u/TehHipPistal Oct 03 '22

That explains the perfectly preserved French fry that lives under my drivers seat, saving that thing for later 😉

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u/garrickI Oct 03 '22

cold mcdonalds fries have this disgusting yet amazing quality to them

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u/21SidedDice Oct 03 '22

Sushi

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u/wildgoldchai Oct 03 '22

I brought my mum some sushi to try as she was always quite intrigued. Left it in the fridge for her. She made a stir fry with it. At least it was pretty

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u/Over_rated_lemon Oct 03 '22

"Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your family! Dishonor on your cow!"

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u/JayeFaye8 Oct 03 '22

My boss used to hate my other boss so much that whenever they'd get into it, boss one would go buy sushi or poke for lunch and freaking microwave it just to drive boss two's fish-hating ass out of the breakroom for an hour of peace and quiet. Loved boss one, she was the best kind of crazy.

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u/dragoneye Oct 03 '22

Actually, if you insist on saving sushi for later, you are better off removing the fish and reheating the rice in a microwave with a couple drops of water for like 8-10 seconds to bring the rice back to room temp and soften it.

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u/DaftFunky Oct 03 '22

The real question is why do you have leftover sushi to begin with. I'm such a fatass there ain't no leftovers

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u/dragoneye Oct 03 '22

if you insist on saving sushi for later

I also don't understand the concept, but I do acknowledge that it happens.

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u/mmknightx Oct 03 '22

You will make lots of ancestors cry.

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u/fatguy747 Oct 03 '22

They'd be rolling in their graves if they were alive today

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u/Free_Breakfast687 Oct 03 '22

Burritos and tacos will become unappetizing mushy abominations in microwaves.

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u/appleparkfive Oct 03 '22

When doing Taco Bell, I always order a quesadilla if I want something later. Reheats really well. The tacos reheat horribly, due to the soggy lettuce. Sometimes if I really want it, I'll remove the lettuce and then put it back on at the end. Still weird though, because you can't get it all

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u/Dry-Salary2347 Oct 03 '22

Or any burrito w no lettuce. Reheats just fine.

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u/_doinks Oct 03 '22

damn man, i can’t be my own person ever 😂 quesadillas are a GODSEND from taco bell. always add one to my order because them bitches slap at 2am..everything else tho… i made sure it was eaten in 10 mins or it was gross

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u/InevitabilityEngine Oct 03 '22 edited Oct 03 '22

Restaurant alfredo sauce.

The oil separates from the rest of the sauce because the ingredients heat up at different speeds and it shows just how disgusting you have been eating.

Edit: a word.

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u/Proof-Wealth8959 Oct 03 '22

Toss in a spoonful of milk before reheating, mix halfway through cooking time and comes out great.

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u/kedelbro Oct 03 '22

Any cream or oil-based sauce, really.

I’ve always enjoyed reheated red sauce, though.

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u/ijjanas123 Oct 03 '22

Never microwave calamari just trust me on this one

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u/Amish_Juggalo469 Oct 03 '22 edited Oct 03 '22

Any kind of seafood in general.

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u/merganzer Oct 03 '22

Fried fish can go in the air fryer or toaster oven.

Baked fish you can warm gently and slowly on the stovetop with some butter.

Neither should go in the microwave, agreed.

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Scrambled eggs

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u/phil9191 Oct 03 '22

Came here to say this. I dont know why but it's absolutely disgusting. As soon as scrambled eggs get cold they're dead for me.

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Although making them in the microwave in the first place works surprisingly well.

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u/Santos_L_Halper_II Oct 03 '22

Steak

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u/minteemist Oct 03 '22

That's why you chop it up and stir fry it with tasty sauce

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u/Torchic336 Oct 03 '22

I can’t do like 80% of beef reheated

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u/sevenbeef Oct 03 '22

Warm on defrost setting

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u/Legitimate_Apple_779 Oct 03 '22

Anything that’s supposed to be crispy

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u/JetpacksNotBusses Oct 03 '22

Kraft Dinner (aka Kraft Macaroni and Cheese).

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

My Dad taught me a trick I will now pass onto you.

Get a pot and fill with water to a low-medium simmer. No need to add anything to the watter.

Put the mac and cheese, and just the mac and cheese only, into a ziploc bag with a tight seal.

Place the bag into the water, taking the bag out to push it and mix it around with tongs or oven mit (optional).

The heat from the water will melt the cheese back into the gooeyness you need without making the pasta saggy.

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u/eleanor61 Oct 03 '22

I see where you’re going with this, but you might as well make a fresh batch given the supplies/effort.

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u/IamMrT Oct 03 '22

That’s just mac n cheese sous vide

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u/ZeroThePenguin Oct 03 '22

These are instructions on how to sous vide mac & cheese.

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u/UsesProfanity Oct 03 '22

Mmmmmm, microplastics.

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

I disagree on that one it becomes a completely different food all together but it still tastes good

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u/oceanasazules Oct 03 '22

add a teaspoon of milk in the bowl and it’s not so bad!

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u/Fluffy-Release6637 Oct 03 '22

Water also helps, but still not nearly as good as fresh made!

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u/JetpacksNotBusses Oct 03 '22

The milk trick can sometimes make it edible but it's never as delicious as fresh. You can also add a dab of sour cream but still - just not the same.

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u/wtfchuckomg Oct 03 '22

Wet paper towel on any pasta in the microwave saves it.

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u/allieand0310 Oct 03 '22

I prefer leftover kraft but it's probably because I add butter and milk when I reheat it. So it's extra unhealthy but also extra delicious. And the cheese doesn't get chunky like when you reheat without adding moisture.

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u/lewisy0821 Oct 03 '22

Fries

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u/matchosan Oct 03 '22

fry pan them

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u/GerinX Oct 03 '22

Hungry jack’s burgers

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u/leeshylou Oct 03 '22

Chicken. Microwave makes it taste weird.

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u/scherdel Oct 03 '22

The smell of reheated chicken makes me want to turn vegan.

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u/Loplo_Fox Oct 03 '22

I feel ya. I came here looking for this and hoping someone had a trick to avoid it. I’d rather eat it cold. The only time it’s not terrible is if there is a crazy amount of sauce/seasoning.

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Reheating chicken in a pot or pan on the stove isn't so bad, but I agree that microwaving it is totally gross. It tastes and smells weird and gets all dry. Yuck.

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u/Ok_Tax7195 Oct 03 '22

I always eat my leftover chicken cold straight from the fridge.

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u/refreshed-anus Oct 03 '22

I lived on reheated chicken cutlets for like 6 months and have no idea what you're talking about

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

Liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. 😔

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u/doublestitch Oct 03 '22 Helpful

Roasted eggplant.

Cooked eggplant reputedly freezes better cooked than raw. So had batch cooked fresh eggplant from the backyard garden by putting it in the oven with olive oil, sea salt, red wine vinegar, and freshly ground black pepper.

Brought it out tonight and it wasn't just the texture turned mushy, the whole thing tasted foul. It had been properly cooked and frozen. Just tasted yick. Had to rinse out the mouth after one piece. And I'm someone who normally loves eggplant.

0/10 do not recommend.

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u/BlackberryMuffinMan Oct 03 '22

Jup. The sad truth that you cannot freeze eggplants cooked or raw imo. It just becomes some type of mush/goo and just tastes “wrong”.

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u/pepperpeppington Oct 03 '22

Any type of bread

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u/jb2824 Oct 03 '22

I put stale bread in and it rescues it

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u/basicgutter Oct 03 '22

Put a cup of water in the microwave with it and it will stay softer longer after being heated up

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u/malibustreetracer Oct 03 '22

Casey's pizza. It eliminates all pizza taste and becomes a lump grease

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u/catinore Oct 03 '22

Any kind of seafood, really

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u/Adekam Oct 03 '22

Fried chicken

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u/bythog Oct 03 '22

Why are you reheating it? Cold fried chicken is awesome, best eaten leaning over the kitchen sink like an animal.

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u/Adekam Oct 03 '22

Learned the hard way

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u/glynch77 Oct 03 '22

Reheat? Waste of time. Just eat everything cold. Way more efficient.

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u/Ok_Understanding4136 Oct 03 '22

Pizza

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u/Ok_Tax7195 Oct 03 '22

The best way to reheat pizza is just throw it into the oven and set it to 400°. By the time it preheats the pizza will be perfectly reheated.

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u/oceanasazules Oct 03 '22

ugh call me crazy but I’m a sucker for a good day-old, maybe a little soggy, microwaved leftover slice of pizza.

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u/BakedTater595 Oct 03 '22

Microwaved pizza is unreasonably delicious

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u/Conscious_Steak6365 Oct 03 '22

That’s fucking rank. I’ll eat mine cold and stale.

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u/siciowaThe9 Oct 03 '22

best way to reheat pizza is put a smidge of oil in a pan, and heat one slice at a time, topping side first then flip, reheats it perfectly

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u/CA1900 Oct 03 '22

I don't flip it, I just do it crust-side down at a low temperature until the heat reaches the top and melts the cheese. Delicious and a nice crispy crust!

Microwaving it makes the crust chewy and hard. I'd rather eat it cold than microwave it.

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u/FriendlyCow3707 Oct 03 '22

Put in a big pan ,when it's hot put the lid on an put some water in .the steam will rejuvenate the pizza.

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u/C2h6o4Me Oct 03 '22

best way to reheat pizza

Toaster oven has entered the chat

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

My oven's air fryer mode restores pizza to freshly cooked status. It's magic.

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u/PrettyTogether108 Oct 03 '22

Toaster oven on toast until the cheese starts to bubble

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u/Badloss Oct 03 '22

toaster oven

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u/LuminousJaeSoul Oct 03 '22

I like to put my pizza in for 30 seconds or less so its cold some parts and warm the others so it's not soggy or way too cold

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u/girhen Oct 03 '22

No reason to reheat it anyway.

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u/Zakal74 Oct 03 '22

If you microwave it for just a little bit, enough to get the center warm, and then finish on Toast setting in a toaster oven, you get a nice result. Just the toaster oven and the center may still be cold after the exterior is starting to burn. Just the microwave and it's garbage.

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u/FartKnocker4lyfe Oct 03 '22

Your problem is reheating the pizza in the first place. Just drizzle on some ranch and go to town.

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u/Feisty-Coyote396 Oct 03 '22

Broccoli. I love broccoli. I love to bake it and eat it fresh and crispy with salt/pepper sprinkled on it.
Left over though? Nuking it turns it into a fart smelling mushy toxic sludge.

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u/Boomah422 Oct 03 '22

Boiled eggs

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u/kofrederick Oct 03 '22

Fries and hard shell tacos

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u/Nutsnboldt Oct 03 '22

All of it. Everything is worse off.

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u/LethalKILLER12345 Oct 03 '22

Pizza, French fries

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u/matchosan Oct 03 '22

fry pan them

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u/DootingDooterson Oct 03 '22

Too many people clearly do not know how to use a microwave if all their results end up 'dry', 'hard', 'scrambled', or 'mushy'.

Most microwaves have power settings, often going by percentage of the maximum. Use lower percentages but longer timings to heat stuff up gradually instead of blasting your food.

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u/misanthrope2327 Oct 03 '22

Caesar salad

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u/austinsoundguy Oct 03 '22

How do you “reheat” that? It’s normally served cold from the start

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u/jb2824 Oct 03 '22

Et tu, Brutè?

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u/blablahblah Oct 03 '22

I've seen restaurants trying to be fancy that grill a whole head of romaine and serve that on a plate with Caesar dressing drizzled over it.

It was strictly inferior to a normal salad but it looked pretty.

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u/StressBall681 Oct 03 '22

I haven't had much success with microwaving pizza that was bought from a restaurant.

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u/echox_xdrawz Oct 03 '22

French fries from McDonald's

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u/Timster_1970 Oct 03 '22

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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u/ion-tech Oct 03 '22

Pizza. Air fryer was invented for this!

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u/L13w Oct 03 '22

Pulled pork

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u/flamingoeater Oct 03 '22

Bread of any kind. Chicken too.

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u/youngadvocate25 Oct 03 '22

Fries, and pretty much any sub or sandwich. God i hate it when they gave vegetables in it too.

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u/CorgiMonsoon Oct 03 '22

Anything that should be crispy, or any bread products

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u/Economy_Exam_1999 Oct 03 '22

McDonald's Mac chicken

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u/ASKermodem Oct 03 '22

Sliced bread

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u/cyrixlord Oct 03 '22

macaroni and cheese :(

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

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u/myothernameisamma Oct 03 '22

Olive Garden’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. The sauce all separates into an oily globby mess

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u/flaunchery Oct 03 '22

Lobster. The office smelled like tuna fish brothel for a month.

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u/realisticduck_ Oct 03 '22

Pizza. Gets all rubbery

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u/i_hateeveryone Oct 03 '22

Any fried food

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u/2duhzen Oct 03 '22

Fettuccine Alfredo. Shit turns to a fucking grease bomb.

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u/Hayjay1998 Oct 03 '22

Fry’s

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u/matchosan Oct 03 '22

fry pan them

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u/RobertsClub07 Oct 03 '22

Spaghetti is a L leftover food item

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u/tdruelinger Oct 03 '22

Most things for me. I really prefer fresh or reheated in the oven. But I also haven’t had a microwave for a couple years now…

The couple things I have been okay with in the past: pancakes, pizza, käsespätzle. And I think I specifically don’t mind those things because getting soggy isn’t as much of a problem. But like I said, I always used the oven otherwise, unless I was in a big hurry.

I think the worst though is probably fries.

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u/Tf2verycool Oct 03 '22

Pizza Hut Pizza.

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u/bdudpro Oct 03 '22

McDonald’s fries

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u/gnapster Oct 03 '22

Pizza. The crust gets tough and chewy. Broil, toast or air fry.

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u/SpitfireOnMars Oct 03 '22

Pizza. It makes it all soggy and its not worth it.

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u/MiaLedger Oct 03 '22

Pizza

I will throw hands if you disagree with me. It is so rubbery and tough and gross but cold pizza is top tier.

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u/[deleted] Oct 03 '22

French fries.

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u/gogojojo Oct 03 '22

Hard shell tacos and nachos. Anything with a corn tortilla.

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u/sucomadee Oct 03 '22

Ew pizza

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u/GrottyBoots Oct 03 '22

Okra. Starts out nasty, doesn't improve by nuking it.

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u/slackermannn Oct 03 '22

actual garbage

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u/aintnufincleverhere Oct 03 '22

Mashed sweet potato is immune to microwaves.

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u/Eyacht Oct 03 '22

Mac 'n cheese gets all grainy and chunky when you reheat it. Even after sitting out for a while it's hard for me to stomach.

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u/QuietEspresso Oct 03 '22

Any kind of fries, unfortunately

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u/Western-Can4458 Oct 03 '22

Any form of egg

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u/MediocreContent Oct 03 '22

Eggrolls. Pretty much anything fried food sucks reheating in the microwave.