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tell me about re-heating food please, when chilled and frozen

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BumptiousandBustly Sat 29-Sep-12 13:23:22

I feel really stupid asking this, as am of an age when really should know, but

I need to know about reheating from from either chilled or frozen, how long for, at what temperature etc.

Are there any rules I can use, any websites you can recommend, do's and don'ts etc?

All the websites just say - heating it to this internal temp - well how do I know? What do I set the oven to?

I am batch cooking for the kids, and really worried about getting it wrong.

SecretSquirrels Sat 29-Sep-12 18:08:56

Well it depends what it is and how big it is. Really it just need to be boiling hot.

Whenever I cook I do extra to freeze and I label it according to portion size, eg, bolognese sauce x 4.
A casserole type meal, in other words meat and sauce, is very dense. For something like that I would bung it in the microwave for 10 minutes defrost overnight in the fridge and then heat in a pan, stirring, until it boils. Then simmer for a few minutes.
What sort of meal did you have in mind?

mrsvilliers Sat 29-Sep-12 18:43:38

Agree it's better to defrost and heat slowly on the stove but bunging in microwave from frozen also does the trick. I usually do until it bubbles or is scalding all the way through and we're still here!

Some foods like Mac cheese and risotto don't reheat so well from frozen in the microwave. They're still edible but dehydrate a bit so either defrost first or add a bit of extra liquid halfway through.

BumptiousandBustly Sun 30-Sep-12 09:22:43

So if I want to re-heat a chilled chicken pie, what temp do I put the oven on for, and how long do it cook it for?

or salmon fishcakes, or shepards pie?

I am all confused.

SecretSquirrels Sun 30-Sep-12 10:22:27

Home made or bought? Are they already cooked? Have they been frozen? How big?
As a guide you could read the instructions on a ready meal of the same size and content.

mrsvilliers Sun 30-Sep-12 14:19:52

I'd put the oven on 200 and then heat for about twenty minutes for a pie or 10 mins for fishcakes. Then use a knife to check how hot the centre is, take it out when the tip of the knife is very hot to touch.

The ready meals tip is a good one.

Japple Sun 30-Sep-12 15:09:58

Say you have a 5x5 inch block of frozen,cooked Rice.Lid off,defrost in the Micro
for about 6 minutes.Check to see if the Block is loose yet(in its container).If not,
keep checking every 5 Minutes on "defrost" setting.When the Rice Block slides
out easy,place into a Larger,glass or large,micro bowl.Fork the lump to loosen
it up,add 5 Tablespoons of water,stir as best you can.Back it goes,until 80 per-
cent defrosted.Now,fork it hard,break up as many pieces as you can.Micro on
"High"... check every 3 minutes until just right.Now is the time to add extra
Soy sauce or butter and salt.When you Micro on High...keep the Lid on.Keeping
a chunk or cooked rice handy in the freezer can really help your recipes,as the
Rice keeps for a long time.We keep a block of "Chicken broth rice,soy sauce
Rice and buttered rice in the big freezer.

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