Last Updated on March 19, 2021
Why do some leftover food (especially cakes) taste SO good after a day or two — even better than the first go-round?! Science has already explained why leftovers taste better; according to the Institute of Food Technologists
(IFT), the chemical reactions that occur overnight in the food enhance its flavors of a mix of ingredients and give it that irresistible, mouth-watering taste. So, want to reheat that pizza or pasta? There is a way to make your leftover food taste even better if you didn’t think that was possible! Don’t throw away the food that you might enjoy tomorrow, and follow these easy and fun tricks to upgrade your leftovers. Let’s jump right into it!
1. Use vented containers
To prevent your leftovers from spoiling too soon, store them in a vented container before placing them in the fridge. And you know what? To make your leftovers taste even better the next day, make sure to add a bit of moisture, especially if we’re talking about grains or some vegetables like carrots, which absorb water faster inside the fridge — becoming dry and tasteless. Drizzle some water or olive oil into the pasta or rice leftovers and store them in the fridge
overnight. Enjoy your flavorful leftovers!
2. Add some spices
Want to make your lunch meal taste like a fine meal at dinnertime? Add some extra seasoning and mix it up! Just don’t make your leftover food too salty or spicy. If you’re planning to reheat your food leftovers later, it’s best to add little seasoning from the start while cooking. That way, you won’t ruin the leftovers by adding extra seasonings. This will make your food taste better than it did the first time!
3. Turn leftovers into sauces
You don’t want to eat the same meal twice? Don’t just give up on those leftovers just yet when they haven’t gone bad. You can turn them into a tasty sauce for your new meal! You can heat leftover vegetables, then mix them with creams, milk, and water to make a flavorful white sauce for your pasta or salad. To make a new meal, add the leftovers (veggies or grains) into a pot, blend with some water and oil, and BAM, you’ve got a soup!