Knowing how to reheat biscuits to keep their original moisture and flavor will help you avoid the regrettable feeling when you have to consume dry and hard biscuits resulting from improper reheating methods.
Sometimes, you bake large quantities of biscuits, but you cannot consume all of them during this day. As a result, you have to store them somewhere in your kitchen and reheat them later. However, the reheated biscuits do not taste as good as you desire.
To solve your problems, in this article, I will give you step-by-step instructions for reheating biscuits and also recommend some great storing methods to keep your biscuits fresh and crispy for the next reheating times.
How To Reheat Biscuits?
You can use one of the equipment for reheating biscuits.
1. Traditional Oven: Reheating biscuits most evenly, having a large food capacity
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2. Toaster Oven: Heating up biscuits faster than the traditional one, containing a small number of biscuits
3. Microwave: Making biscuits warm thoroughly in the shortest time
4. Stove: Using either a stainless steel pan or nonstick pan for the reheating, requiring more patience, and being convenient on camping
Reheating Leftover Biscuits From The Pantry Or Fridge
Just revive the fragrant flavor of leftover biscuits stored in your pantry or fridge by following one of the below reheating ways.
Reheat Them In A Traditional Oven
An oven is the best cooking appliance to reheat biscuits because it has an even heat distribution that makes the biscuits warm up thoroughly. In addition, using an oven to reheat biscuits is also a preferred option due to its big capacity to contain a large number of biscuits.
If your oven is occupied, and you have a convection microwave at home, you can opt for this option instead. The key characteristics of a convection microwave oven allows it to function more or less the same as a convection oven, making it a decent substitute.
Here are some steps you should follow strictly for the best-reheated biscuits:
Step 1: Let the oven preheat to 350 °F
Step 2: Spread parchment paper on a baking tray.
Step 3: Lay the biscuits one by one on the tray. Remember to leave a distance of about 1 inch among biscuits and cover the tray with aluminum foil.
Step 4: Place the baking tray in the oven and wait from 5 to 7 minutes for reheating
Step 5: When the reheating is completed, take out the biscuits. Apply some butter to them and enjoy!
You can see this video to know more:
Heat Up Them In A Toaster Oven
If you need to reheat small quantities of biscuits, it is better for you to choose a toaster oven. This allows you to reheat the biscuits faster than using a traditional oven. Follow the below instruction for a batch of savory reheated biscuits.
Step 1: Set the toaster oven for reaching to 350 °F in advance
Step 2: Line parchment paper on the toaster oven tray and then place biscuits on its top. As usual, keep the biscuits separate from each other.
Next, sprinkle some butter on the biscuits. My go-to choice is always cocoa butter, but there are also other alternatives for cocoa butter that you can consider. Just make sure that the butter can make your biscuits more fragrant as well as maintain their moisture during reheating time.
Step 3: Reheat the biscuits from 6 to 8 minutes until they are warm evenly
Reheat Them In A Microwave
Appearance-wise, a microwave and toaster oven looks virtually the same. So which one should you opt for? To sufficiently answer this question, you need to know the distinctions between microwaves and toaster ovens. However, to sum up, a microwave is a faster option in this case.
Step 1: Prepare a few paper towels and then make them a little wet with some water
Step 2: Use the damp paper towels to cover each biscuit separately. This action helps prevent reheated biscuits from being stiff and dry under heat in a microwave.
Step 3: Put the covered biscuits in a microwave-safe container
Step 4: Place it into the microwave, set it at medium heat, and reheat for 45 to 60 seconds.
Step 5: Take the biscuits out and check if they are warm enough. If not, you put the container back in the microwave and wait for 15 more seconds.
Step 6: When the biscuits are hot as you desire, you uncover the paper towels. Enjoy!
Heat Up Them On A Stove
Let’s imagine when you are on a campfire and want to enjoy some hot biscuits; how can you make your dream come true without an oven or a microwave? Do not worry! Because you can do it with a mini stove you bring from home.
Although taking this reheating method requires you some more patience, you will be satisfied a lot with the freshness and crispiness of the biscuits.
Method 1: Using A Stainless Steel Pan And Aluminum Foil
Step 1: Brush some butter on the biscuits to retain their moist and give them extra buttery flavor
Step 2: Use aluminum foil to wrap biscuits individually
Step 3: Place a pan over medium heat on the stove to preheat it
Step 4: Spread the biscuits on the preheated pan. Next, put a lid on the pan so that the heat can be trapped inside, and heat up the cookies thoroughly.
Just keep the low or medium heat, or your biscuits will become dehydrated sooner than you think.
Step 5: After 1 or 2 minutes of reheating. Flip over the biscuits and continue reheating the other side in 30 seconds
Step 6: Open the biscuits’ cover and consume them!
Method 2: Using A Nonstick Pan And Butter/Olive Oil
Step 1: Brush some butter or olive oil around the biscuits, which prevents the biscuits from drying out. In case you don’t have olive oil, premium grapeseed oil will make an excellent stand-in ingredient as it can perform the same function without overpowering your biscuits.
Step 2: Preheat the nonstick pan on the stove
Step 3: Line biscuits on the preheated pan and reheat them in low heat for 2 minutes. The biscuits need to be rotated every 15 seconds to avoid being toasted.
Methods Of Reheating Frozen Biscuits
The methods of reheating biscuits stored in the pantry or fridge can be applied for frozen biscuits, but it requires specific notice to heat up the frozen biscuits evenly.
Reheating Frozen Biscuits In A Traditional Oven/ Toaster Oven
The frozen biscuits need to be reheated in high heat so that they can be completely thawed and then warm up thoroughly.
Before you place the baking tray into the oven, you need to cover it with a lid to boost up the inside heat. In addition, the reheating time is extended from 15 to 20 minutes, including time for frozen biscuits to be thawed in the oven.
If you need a visual description of freezing and heating up frozen biscuits, you can watch this video.
You can see this video to know more:
Using A Microwave To Reheat Frozen Biscuits
You need to set the microwave at high heat for 4 minutes of reheating. If the heat is low, the reheating time will be even longer, which may make the biscuits soggy due to being dipped in water from the thawing process.
Heating Up Frozen Biscuits On Stove
Be more patient to rotate the biscuits frequently until they are defrosted completely and then thoroughly heated up.
How To Properly Store Biscuits
To have reheated biscuits fresh and crispy just like baked ones, you need to know how to preserve them well. There are three suitable places to store biscuits:
Store Biscuits In The Pantry Or Fridge
If you bake lots of biscuits and want to spare some for consumption in the next few days, putting them in a pantry or fridge is a great choice.
Step 1: Wait for the baked biscuits to cool down.
Step 2: Use aluminum foil to cover individual biscuits. Next, you place covered biscuits in resealable freezer bags, carefully squeeze the bags to release all air outside before sealing them.
Instead of aluminum foil, you can prepare airtight containers, such as an impermeable cookie jar, lined with paper towels and place biscuits into them. You should divide the biscuits into different amounts and store them in many containers according to your eating portion.
This is because the biscuits need to be kept strictly from the outside air that will damage their freshness and texture.
Step 3: Put the bags or containers in your pantry or fridge. The biscuits can last from 2-4 days in the pantry and up to 1 week in the fridge.
You should ensure that your pantry comes in a dry and cool condition to store the biscuit effectively. In contrast, the humidity will damage the quality of the biscuits, especially promoting mold and bacteria infection to the biscuits (1)
Storing the biscuits in the pantry only works well with baked biscuits, so with the unbaked ones that can last within 24 hours at room temperature, you have to store them in the fridge or even freeze them before they are spoiled.
How About Freezing The Biscuits?
Preserving biscuits in the freezer is an excellent way to prolong the biscuits’ shelf life up to 3 months. Apply two simple methods to freeze your biscuits:
Method 1: Using Plastic Wrap And Freezer-Safe Bags
Step 1: Cover the individual biscuit well and tightly with plastic wrap. Actually, you can not wrap all of them in the same package because frozen biscuits will easily break off when they closely contact each other.
In addition, it will be more convenient for you to take out the number of biscuits you want for the upcoming baking times.
Step 2: Place the wrapped biscuits in freezer-safe bags, which can keep the biscuits fresh within three months
Method 2: Preparing Parchment Paper And Airtight Containers.
Step 1: Line parchment paper in the airtight containers
Step 2: Place some biscuits on the paper’ top and ensure that the biscuits are separated about 1 inch.
Step 3: Repeat step 1 and 2 – one layer of biscuits over one piece of parchment paper
Step 4: Close the container with its lid and put it in the freezer.
Extra Tips And Advice
To increase the effectiveness of reheating biscuits, I offer you some secret tips.
1. Using butter or olive oil to prevent sticking: When you reheat biscuits in an oven, instead of using parchment paper, you can coat them lightly with butter or olive oil that not only keeps the biscuits dough from sticking on the baking tray but also makes them more flavorful.
2. Water helps retain moisture of the biscuits: If you want to reheat biscuits in a microwave without making them dry out, just place a cup of water in the microwave. The steam evaporating during the reheating process will make the biscuits softer and crispier.
Using tin foil to wrap biscuits reheated in an oven: Wrapping your biscuits with tin foil can restore the most original crispiness of biscuits. Despite the differences between aluminum foil and tin foil, you can use aluminum foil as a substitute in this case if you don’t have tin foil.
4. Do not try to overheat to keep the biscuits warm: You should not leave the reheated biscuits too long in the oven or microwave when the reheating time is over. This will make the biscuits’ dough dryer and harder.
Therefore, the best solution is to consume the reheated biscuits as soon as possible so that you can enjoy warm and fresh biscuits.
Enjoy Reheated Biscuits Like Freshly Baked Ones!
Making homemade biscuits from healthy ingredients is one of the best gifts for your family members and friends. Do not worry if you can not consume a whole batch of biscuits. Just store the leftovers in the right places and reheat them for the next consumption.
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- (PDF) Microbial Spoilage of Bakery Products and Its Control by Preservatives. ResearchGate. (n.d.).