TO STORE MEALS:
- Use shallow containers or freezer bags to help leftovers freeze more quickly and reheat evenly.
- Divide food into the number of portions you plan to eat later so you'll only need to reheat what you need.
- For food safety, refrigerate or freeze food as soon as it cools to room temperature.
- Label containers with name and date (use painter's tape and a permanent marker) so you'll know exactly what's inside. If necessary, also include reheating instructions.
ON THE STOVE:
- Add a splash of liquid--anything from water to broth, olive oil, or milk--to add moisture and prevent foods from sticking to the pan.
- Cover with a lid to trap heat and create steam.
- Stir frequently to ensure even reheating.
IN THE OVEN:
- Set the oven no higher than 350°F to keep meats and roasted veggies from drying out.
- Cover foods loosely with foil to trap heat, especially dense dishes like lasagna and casseroles.
- Don't forget the broiler! Use it to re-crisp pizza, breaded, or fried foods.
IN THE MICROWAVE:
- Place a damp paper towel over the plate to create steam.
- Place food in a single layer to make sure it reheats evenly—if reheating items like burgers, for instance, separate the burger from the bun.
- Cook in 1-minute intervals, stirring or turning the food after each burst, to encourage even heating and avoid hot and cold spots.