Aren’t French fries delicious? They’re definitely one of my favorite comfort meals. In fact, they are one of my favorite dishes in general. I could eat them at any time of day or night. Big ones, skinny ones, crispy ones, soft ones, with dip, without dip, I won’t lie, I adore them all!
Therefore, to be honest, it’s not likely that I’ll have any leftover French Fries very frequently. However, on the off chance that I do, I make certain that I reheat them in the greatest manner possible so that they retain the same amazing flavor as when they were fresh.
Here comes the major question on everyone’s mind: How should French fries be reheated? The oven is the greatest method to reheat French fries. Reheat the French fries in the oven at 450°F for 2-3 minutes.
There are various methods for reheating French fries (which I will discuss later), but baking them is by far the finest.
Many people dismiss the concept of reheating French fries, believing that once those delectable sticks of potato-y goodness have cooled, they are unsalvageable. But this is just not the case, my friends. Check out the instructions below and give it a go for yourself. You’ll be glad you gave your French fries another shot.
- Best Way to Store French Fries before Reheating
- Best Way to Reheat French Fries – Steps
- Will Reheating French Fries Affect their Taste?
- Other Ways to Reheat French Fries
- Top Tip
Best Way to Store French Fries before Reheating
The easiest method to keep French fries is in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. If you want to preserve even greater freshness, wrap them in aluminum foil ahead of time.
It is preferable if you do this within 2 hours after cooking or purchasing your French fries. Bacteria will begin to develop if they are kept at room temperature for any longer than this. If they are kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours, I recommend throwing them out. After placing your French fries in the refrigerator, they will last between 3 and 5 days.
Best Way to Reheat French Fries – Steps
As previously said, the oven is the best technique to reheat French fries. If you reheat your French fries in the oven, they will be crisper and more tasty than if you reheat them any other way. Here’s how to go about it:
Step 1: Preheat your oven
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results.
Step 2: Line your baking tray
Make sure your baking pan is lined with aluminum foil. This keeps the chips from clinging to the tray.
Step 3: Spread them
Make sure your fries are evenly distributed on the tray and that none of them overlap. This way, they’ll reheat evenly and you’ll be more likely to obtain that delightful crispiness you’re looking for.
Step 4: Spice them up
This step is not required, but it is highly encouraged. So, why not season your fries with salt and pepper? If you’re feeling daring, you could also add paprika, garlic powder, oregano, or thyme. Let your hair down.
Step 5: Put them in the oven
Check that your oven is set at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake the fries for 2 to 3 minutes. Keep a watchful eye on them to prevent them from burning.
Step 6: Shake things up
After 2 to 3 minutes, remove the fries and shake them or flip them over with a spatula. Then return them to the oven for a few more minutes.
Step 7: Yum yum they are done!
When the fries are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the oven. Let them to cool somewhat before serving, and then enjoy!
Will Reheating French Fries Affect their Taste?
It is not the act of reheating French fries that alters their flavor; it is what occurs after they cool down. As French fries cool, all of the water on the inside drains to the outside. This is what causes them to get mushy on the exterior while remaining dry and flavorless on the inside.
Yet, if you follow the procedures above, your French fries should taste almost as nice as the first time you had them (potentially better if you decided to add spices). But, if you pick another means of warming, such as using a microwave, your French Fries will likely stay mushy in texture and tasteless.
Other Ways to Reheat French Fries
Although baking your French fries is the greatest method to obtain decent results, there are other effective ways to reheat French fries that you should explore.
Fry them in a Skillet
Indeed, you can always cook them again. Put a couple of tablespoons of oil in a shallow pan (a skillet) and spread the chips out evenly, frying for approximately one minute. Then just turn them over with a spatula and cook for another 30 seconds on the other side.
Fry them in a Deep Pan
To cook them in a deep pan, thoroughly immerse your French fries in warmed canola or sunflower oil. Remove them from the oil after 3 to 5 minutes of cooking. After removed, place them on a paper towel to cool and absorb any extra oil.
Use an Air Fryer
Place a couple of handfuls of French fries in the basket and cook for 2 to 3 minutes in the air fryer. Take them out after 2 to 3 minutes and shake them. After that, return them to the air fryer for another 1 to 2 minutes to properly warm.
Why not turn them into a whole new supper by topping them with bacon and cheese? Why not slice them up and use them to create hash browns for breakfast? You see, you’ll never have to trash away those leftover French fries again.