A Comprehensive Guide to Reheating Your Food
Take it Out of the Storage Container
Likely, your tasty leftovers have been sitting patiently in a container in the fridge. Since the container is cold, moving your food to a room temperature plate will help in the heating process. In addition, because of all the chemicals in plastic that have been known to leech into food and drinks in the microwave, it's a good idea to not microwave in plastic in general. Make sure you obey common microwave rules such as never heating metal or ceran wrap. Use a ceramic plate instead.
Most refrigerators have a dehydrating quality that works wonders on keeping mold out, but unfortunately, it doesn't discriminate against your perfectly prepared food. Dishes like pasta and those that contain bread tend to dry out upon storage in the fridge, and during reheating is a perfect time to add some of that moisture back in. For pasta, add a couple tablespoons of water (or milk for cream or cheese sauces), and cover the dish while you reheat it to infuse some of that moisture back in. For breads and other baked goods that may be dried out, wrap them in a damp paper towel while reheating. You'll be amazed at how a little water can bring new life to your leftovers!
Use the Oven
If you're reheating a dish where that cruchy top layer is important, don't be afraid to use the oven. Yes, it may take a bit longer, but realize that the microwave will never give you that fresh-baked texture you may have once loved about your dish. When heating a pie or sweet potato fries, use the oven so that you have a better result.
Easily Avoid a Mess
Cleaning the microwave is one of my most dreaded chores because there is almost certainly some impossible-to-scrub food in an awkwardly placed corner that I need to get off. Save yourself this agony by covering food when you cook it in the microwave, even if it's just with a paper towel.