The food expert’s little-known tip for reheating to-go chips keeps them from getting soggy

Food expert Magda Ganea shared the perfect way to make sure you can reheat last night’s chips without them turning into a squishy mess — and it’s a total game-changer

Girl eating portion of takeaway chips covered in tomato sauce.
Take-out fries are delicious — but reheating them can be a nightmare (stock photo)

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of ordering way too much food when we’re embarking on a takeout.

And while some Food like pizza can be enjoyed cold the next morning or simply reheated, other things are destined to be thrown in the bin because no amount of microwave oven will ever make them taste like the night before.

Fortunately, however, a food expert has come to the rescue to save us from wasting – as they claim, there actually is one Hack you can use to store your leftover chips and not have to endure the soggy mess that usually occurs when trying to reheat them.

Chips connoisseur Magda Ganae, from The Real Food Cafe in Stirlingshire, was awarded second place at the 2018 National Fish and Chip Awards and knows what she’s talking about when it comes to reheating chips.

Microwaving your chips is a recipe for disaster (stock photo)


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Speak with said, “The main reason chips get soggy when reheating is moisture. Potatoes are full of moisture that escapes when reheated, especially in a microwave or oven where the steam can’t escape.”

But the chef insists it’s possible to reheat chips as long as you take a little extra time and care with the process.

Magda recommends chilling leftover chips as soon as possible and placing them in the fridge with the “loose lid” as fully sealing can lead to bacterial growth.

Then, when it’s time to reheat, make sure you pat your fries dry with a kitchen towel or use salt to draw out excess moisture – as it’s important your fries are dry before the reheat begins.

Magda said: “Heat so that the water can escape. The perfect way to reheat chips is to fry them, but pan frying can work just as well, use a very hot pan with a little oil.

“Alternatively, you can grill them over high heat, but be sure to stir the fries regularly so they don’t burn.”

The food guru says you should definitely avoid the microwave when reheating chips, instead suggesting treating the reheating process as a second cooking.

Magda also says you should probably try to “eat them all in the first sitting” to avoid reheating, but if you want to reheat your leftovers then “start dry and cook on high heat.”

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