How to Reheat Biscuits and Make Them Taste Fresh
We cannot argue with the fact that nothing comes near to a freshly-baked biscuit as part of a tasty breakfast – with the mouth-watering aroma wafting in the kitchen air. But as much as we may love fresh biscuits for breakfast every day, we simply cannot bake biscuits every morning. So, what to do with the leftovers? Surely it must be against some law of the universe to get rid of leftover biscuits. The good news is that you don’t even have to get rid of leftover biscuits as you can reheat them and make them taste as fresh as they did again – just like from the oven. In this article, we will consider how to reheat biscuits and make them taste fresh again.
Preparing Your Leftover Biscuits For Reheating
But do you simply toss your leftover biscuits in the microwave to reheat? Nope? Let’s consider how to do it properly.
First things first. Before we delve into how best to reheat biscuits, let’s first touch quickly on how to store and prepare the leftovers for reheating properly. Always make sure that you store your leftovers properly either in an airtight container, baggie, or foil. They should be fine the next day.
When you retrieve your leftovers, be sure to inspect them first for any form of discoloration or mold. Once you are okay with how they look, you can proceed. It is important to remember, however, that you should reheat your biscuits immediately before you serve them. This is to ensure that they are fresh, warm, and soft when eating.
When you remove your biscuits from their storage container, it is best to coat it with a mixture of melted butter and coconut or any other oil of your choice. You can use a pastry brush to apply your mixture on the biscuits gently. Doing this will help prevent them from becoming dry as a result of the heat. Please note that you should not apply thick coats, as this will only make the biscuits wet. The coating should be light and moist. Once done, they are ready for reheating.
How To Reheat Biscuit
- Biscuits In The Microwave
Thank God for microwaves, right? When it comes to reheating biscuits (and basically anything else), our first option is usually the microwave. And, there is nothing wrong with that, especially considering how fast microwaves get the job done. However, when it comes to reheating biscuits, you cannot expect even heating. Thus, the best thing to do when reheating with the microwave is to add a little more fat on the tops. This will help keep them moist in the microwave and prevent them from hardening up under the uneven heat. Also, be sure not to heat the biscuits for too long as doing so will only mess up the tenderness. Before you put your biscuits into the microwave, place them in a microwave-friendly bowl. Do not stack them on top of each other. Instead, place them side by side, making sure that the sides do not touch each other. Next, place a moist kitchen towel over the container to help keep them…well, moist. Depending on the sizes of our biscuits, you can set the timer to about 10 seconds for a single biscuit, and about forty seconds for five biscuits. Once done, serve immediately.
- Reheating On A Stovetop
The best way to reheat biscuits in a pan on a stovetop is to first wrap the biscuits in foil after coating them with oil or melted butter. Next slow heat your pan for a few minutes, then place your wrapped biscuits in the pan and allow them to heat for about a minute. Next, flip the biscuits over and allow the other side to also heat for about a minute. Once done, remove the biscuits from the pan and gently unwrap them. You have to be very careful at this point as the biscuits will be hot. However, if you feel that the biscuits are not warm enough to your preference, rewrap them and heat them again for another minute or two. Please note that if you do not have foil wraps, you can heat the biscuits directly in the pan. However, you must make sure to flip them over every thirty minutes to ensure that they warm up slowly. This will prevent them from becoming hard or crisp.
- Using The Oven
For most people, this is the ideal way. To use this method, first, make sure that your oven is preheated to about 355 degrees. While your oven is heating, prepare your leftover biscuits following the directions already mentioned earlier. Once they are ready, place them gently on a baking sheet, making sure that the sides do not touch each other. If you are concerned about your biscuits sticking to the surface of the baking sheets and cleaning up after (as the lot of us are), then you can opt for silicone baking mats instead. Next, allow your biscuits to heat in the preheated oven for about six to seven minutes. Unlike the previous methods, you do not have to worry about flipping them over as the oven is ideal for ensuring that your biscuits are evenly heated. Once done, retrieve your biscuits and serve immediately. You can add a light coat of extra butter to the tops to give some extra shine, or you can just go ahead and serve right away. Again, if they are not warm enough for you after reheating them in the oven, then you can wrap them up in foil just as described previously, and heat in a pan for another minute or two.
- Using A Toaster Oven
Most people are not fans of using the toaster oven to heat stuff. But if you find yourself faced with only that option (or you are simply a lover of toaster ovens), then this is what you should do. First of all, start off with the same procedure described for using an oven. Only this time, increase the preheating time as well as the actual time of heating another minute or two.
How To Keep Biscuits Warm
When it comes to preheating leftover biscuits, as mentioned earlier, the best thing to do is to serve right after heating to make sure that they are eaten warm and fresh. Otherwise, they will become cold and dry up when left for some time. However, if you need to keep your biscuits warm for a little longer, then here are a few things you should do.
With the first option, before you reheat your leftover biscuits, wrap them up in a kitchen towel or a moist paper towel. This will help keep them warm, moist, and fresh after reheating.
Another option is to cover the container into which you put them with a moist kitchen towel and allow them to reheat in the microwave. A third option is to cover your leftover biscuits in a thin layer of fat or melted butter before reheating them, just as described earlier.
When it comes to how to keep your biscuits fresh, the above tips should do the trick. Always keep in mind that you should not overheat the biscuits in an attempt to keep them warm for a longer time, as doing so will only cause them to become hard and crispy. Plus, they will lose their freshness and moisture.
How To Reheat Frozen Biscuit
First of all, when storing your biscuits in the freezer or refrigerator, you should make sure that they are placed in an airtight container.
If you are using a pan, preheat it for a few minutes before you place your biscuits in it. Make sure that you coat your biscuits in a thin layer of oil. Once done, wrap them up in foil just as described previously. Because frozen biscuits are cooler than non-frozen ones, the oil will help to generate additional heat to help prevent the biscuits from losing moisture and becoming hard from dryness. When they are well coated and wrapped, place your biscuits in the pan and cover them. This will not only increase heat retention, but it will also ensure an even distribution of heat in the pan and allow the biscuits to heat up uniformly without the need to flip them over. Make sure that the biscuits are slow-heated over moderate heat. Once they are heated after about ten minutes, do not retrieve them immediately. Instead, leave them in the covered pan for about a minute then flip them over. Allow the other sides to also settle for another minute to ensure that all sides are heated evenly. Once done, retrieve your biscuits, unwrap them, and serve immediately.
When using a microwave, follow the directions given under the paragraph on using a microwave. But this time, set your microwave to about three minutes.
When using an oven, follow the directions given under the paragraph on using an oven. This time around, let the biscuits stay in the oven for about seven to nine minutes.
In conclusion, you no longer need to be perplexed about how to keep biscuits fresh as we now know that leftover biscuits can be reheated and served fresh again. Simply follow the directions given with respect to storage and reheating, and you’ll be fine. Remember to always serve your biscuits right after reheating them. Also, keep in mind that leftover biscuits should be reheated on slow heat. The idea is not to rebake them, just heat them. The higher the temperature, the more likely that your biscuits will turn out dry and crispy.