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The Definitive Guide To Reheating Food

Leftovers can make a quick lunch or give you an excuse to skip cooking dinner. All in all, they're great. That is, until you have to reheat them. So often does an awesome dinner reheat into a sad, sad lunch. And it's all because people haven't done their homework when it comes to heating up leftovers. 

We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but you can't just throw your Tupperware of spaghetti in the microwave and expect it to taste great. Reheating, like cooking, is an art. Some foods reheat quickly and nicely in the microwave, while others require the stove top and a little added oil. And then there are some foods that should absolutely, under no circumstance be reheated EVER. We've outlined it all for you below (mostly because we can't stand the thought of one more person microwaving their leftover pizza). 

1. Eggs. 

According to the Consumerist, you should never, EVER, reheat your eggs. Eat them cold -- they're really good like that anyway -- or don't eat them at all. 

2. Pizza. 

Whatever you do, stay away from the microwave. The oven isn't a good idea either because it takes too long. Bon Appetit taught us to heat up leftover pizza in a covered hot skillet for 3-4 minutes to obtain the best results. 

3. Soups and stews. 

Soups were made on the stove and they should be reheated on the stove. Add about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to prevent scorching. 

4. Coffe 

Just drink it hot the first time around, please. If you absolutely must, you can give coffee a couple seconds in the microwave but IT WILL NEVER TASTE THE SAME.