Whether you’ve been to your favorite restaurant, ordered a pizza, or cooked one of your favorite meals at home, you are likely to have some leftovers. Apart from not wanting to waste food in general, it would be terrible to let one of your favorite foods go to waste!
Happens to me all the time. But the thought of heating up my oven, and risking drying out a small portion of leftovers, leaves me in a dilemma. That was until I realized I could use my Air Fryer. Now, who would have thought that my air fryer could reheat pizza, French fries, and my beloved chicken wings? Well, it can, and I want to share some of the procedures I’ve discovered for reheating my favorite foods.
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How to Reheat Pizza in Air Fryer
Pizza is a big deal for me. I love it and just can’t bear the thought of tossing it. I’d eat it cold rather than waste a good slice of my preferred comfort food. Now I don’t have to. I’ve discovered that reheating pizza in my air fryer is easy and satisfying.
The air fryer works a lot like a regular oven, but it’s faster and more efficient in heating. As a result, you’ll need less time to reheat your pizza, so there’s less risk of it drying out.
In no time at all, you’ll be dropping the air fryer basket in your dishwasher and enjoying a hot slice of pizza. You may be asking “How long to reheat my pizza?”
Three to five minutes depending on the thickness of your slice.
The Air Fryer Reheat Pizza Method
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 320°F.
Step 2: Add one spoonful of water to the bottom of the basket. (This is very important because it will keep your pizza moist and help prevent it from drying out.)
Step 3: Position the pizza slice flay in the basket and air fry for three minutes if the pizza crust is thin. If your slice is on the thick side, cook for fìve minutes.
Step 4: Remove and enjoy!
Air Fryer Tip: If you need to reheat two slices at the same time, use a double layer rack. If you place two pieces, one on top of the other, the pizza will not be warmed completely because the air is unable to circulate correctly.
Reheating Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer
Now if you really love chicken wings, you can use your air fryer to reheat them whether they’re just cool, two days out of the refrigerator, or even frozen.
One of the things I like to ward off when reheating these chicken pieces, in particular, is that the skin becomes too tough. I don’t enjoy chewy chicken skin. For me, it ruins my eating experience. A crispy crust is a must! After all, chicken wings have quite a bit of skin which is perhaps the primary reason they are so prized. So, in seven minutes’ time, you can reheat your wings and they taste just like they’re fresh out of a fryer.
How to Reheat Chicken Wings
Step 1: Place your chicken wings inside the air fryer basket, spreading them apart to allow space for the air to circulate for even heating.
Step 2: Set the temperature on your air fryer for 350°F. and the time to five minutes.
Step 3: Once the five minutes have passed, to ensure crispiness, raise the heat to 400°F and set your air fryer for two minutes. (If you have wings that are large, set for 2.5 minutes)
Step 4: Your chicken wings are ready! remove and serve.
Air Fryer Tip: You can spray a tiny quantity of oil on your wings before you reheat to add to the crispiness.
Reheating Steak in an Air Fryer
Leftover steak can be just as enjoyable the day after. Reheating it can be a challenge because it cn easily become tough and chewy. An air fryer can ensure this doesn’t happen and that your steak remains tender and tasty with the desired outer crispiness.
How long will it take to reheat my steak this way? Approximately ten to twenty minutes depending on the cut, thickness, and size of the steak. I’m going to suggest a method to make sure that your steak is fantastic.
Step 1: Set the temperature on your air fryer to 370° F and position your steak in the cooking chamber.
Step 2: Using the fryer function, cook your steak for three minutes.
Step 3: Open the fryer and check the meat’s temperature using a meat thermometer.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the meat’s core temperature reaches 110° to 130°F.
Step 5: Remove and serve.
Air Fryer Tip: At these temperatures, your steak will be cooked at medium or medium-rare. If you prefer your steak well done, do another three minutes in the fryer.
How to Reheat Fries in an Air Fryer
I saved the best for last. Who doesn’t love French fries? I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t admit that part of the attraction of an air fryer was the possibility to restore cold fries to their original glory. It’s awful to have to throw out fries just because you can’t eat them in one sitting. 3-4 minutes in an air fryer, and they’re just as tasty as the evening before.
Fries go limp and become a bit soggy due to moisture, As the fry cools, the water inside will move outward toward the crust, and your fry will gradually become mushy and grainy. Once you’ve tried an air fryer, you’ll never throw out limp, cold fries again, and you’ll never use any other method for reheating them. When it comes to reheating French fries, success thy name is Air Fryer!
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 350° F. for a couple of minutes.
Step 2: Load your leftover fries into the air fryer’s basket spreading them. (Do not fill the basket more than half full or they won’t crisp.)
Step 3: Spray the fries with a very light coating of extra-virgin olive oil.
Step 4: Cook for three to four minutes shaking the basket halfway through.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Air Fryer Tip: If you are reheating steak fries, add an extra minute, perhaps two due to thickness.
So, there you have it! Five of my favorite foods reheated in one of my favorite home appliances, the mythical Air Fryer!