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Do you know how to properly reheat leftovers?

Monday - 9/5/2011, 8:17am  ET

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Make sure you know how to use the settings on your microwave. (Thinkstock Photo)

Kristi King, wtop.com

UNDATED -- Some people don't save leftovers. Some don't eat leftovers. And, some just don't know how to reheat them properly.

Helpful hints for reheating those meals include using aluminum foil, hot pans, boiling water and limited power settings on your microwave.

Reheating rotisserie chicken doesn't have to make it rubbery and dry. The trick is wrapping it tightly in aluminum foil. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 350-degree oven. If crispy skin is more important to you than moist meat, skip the foil.

Don't throw out left-over noodles. They come back to life nicely dipped in boiling water.

Reheating tips for pizza from Reader's Digest suggest a hot oven -- 450 degrees. Or, on the stove top start with a pan heated with medium to high heat. Put in the pizza then cover for a couple minutes until the cheese melts.

The hot covered pan trick also works to reheat quesadillas that you'll need to turn over after a few minutes to make both sides crispy.

You can keep mashed potatoes warm or reheat them in a double boiler. If you don't have that particular pot set in your kitchen use a heat proof bowl put on top of a pot of simmering water. That's how Martha Stewart does it.

Microwave ovens work well on mashed potatoes, too. Just make sure to stir them periodically.

To master the microwave for reheating leftovers you should be familiar with the limited power option that heats food at intervals between 10 percent and 90 percent.

Half a cold omelet, for example, will warm up nicely microwaved for 7 minutes using a 20 percent power setting.

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