Can you eat the same food if it's reheated?

@besweet (7227)
Greece
November 22, 2011 8:52am CST
My mum used to cook two times a day when I was young, so we always had different food for lunch and for dinner. I lerned not to eat the same food twice, which was really wrong because it made me picky and strange. But when I went to study away from my family I realised that cooking twice a day is really uneconomic and time consuming, so I just cook once a day or I make big portions and keep it in the fridge to eat the next day as well. My problem is that I can't eat cold food unless it's fresh salad or sandwitch, therefore I always need to reheat it in the microwave. I have heard that reheating the food is not healty and we shouldn't do it more than once. Do you know if it is true and if reheating can alter the taste of the food?
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@TazRes (827)
• United States
22 Nov 11
I prefer to eat my food right after cooking it, to me it taste better. some foods can get rubbery after re-heating it in the microwave. But I use the conventional oven a lot to re-heat and the food taste better.
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@ygna21 (294)
• Bulgaria
22 Nov 11
Yes, I think reheating in the oven tastes a lot better than reheating in the microwave.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
I agree that it tasted better in the oven. Microwave is faster that's prbably why most people prefer it, and for the oven I need to use a baking pan each time I want to reheat. While in the microwave I put my plate and it's ready to eat.
@allknowing (68893)
• India
24 Nov 11
I always had maids who took care of the kitchen cooking as many times as I wanted and that is history now. What I do is I cook good amount of food that will last for atleast two days. I keep what is left, in the fridge cling wrapped. That food is not eaten the next day but may be two or three days later. It is taken out as and when I want it and I steam the food which keeps it moist and at the same time it gets its freshness.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
I've never used that technique, it sounds nice. How do you steam the food?
@allknowing (68893)
• India
24 Nov 11
Serve out whatever portions you need in a plate that is heat proof and place it on a bowl of water and then close it and heat the stuff till you feel the food is hot enough. I am doing it and the food comes back to life nice and fresh.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
25 Nov 11
It's the first time I am hearing this, I will definitely try it. The only similar that I can think of is when we want to melt chocolate and put it on the top of boiling water in a pan. Thanks so much :)
@deliar (609)
• Indonesia
23 Nov 11
sometime i eat some reheated food in my homr,especially when my mother sick. i know that it is not healthy, but i think, it is still feasible to eat. like what you have said, cooking twice a day is really consume many time. and i dont have so much time to do that. when you reheated your food, i think the taste dont get big change in taste. and dont reheating the twice in the same food, it really bad for your health, for once it is okay, twice is not allowed. it is will better if we eat a fast food than eat food that reheated twice.
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
Thanks a lot for the information deliar! Do you know any good articles that you can suggest on this? I would be really interested in reading a bit more about how healthy is reheating. Have a nice day :)
@deliar (609)
• Indonesia
24 Nov 11
i cant find the article that using English, i only find the article in Indoesia.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
25 Nov 11
Oh, I wouldn't be able to read it then! T hank you so much and happy myLotting!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I see nothing wrong with eating the same foods again. If I like a certain food I can eat it over and over for days. If after reheating it once there is still a lot left, I usually freeze it and then if I feel like eating it again, it is there.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
Freezing food might be better than keeping it cold in the fridge, does it taste the same? I put everything in the refrigerator and I have never compared.
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• United States
24 Nov 11
It tastes the same to me, but then my taste buds aren't like normal people's. I can't tell the difference between a lot of things that my friends can.
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@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
23 Nov 11
I most of the time cook double one for the day and the rest I freeze it for next week or so or I might used it the next day...but never reheat food twice only reheat what you need! most cooked food will keep well in the fridge for at least 3 days.
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
Hmm that is a good idea. The problem I have with freezing food is that I forget it, and then never reheat it! Therefore I store everything in the refrigerator for 2-3 days as you suggested. Thanks :)
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
25 Nov 11
When I freeze food I label the containers with the date of freezing so I know the food will keep well for at least 4 weeks! curries don't freeze very well so it should be eat it withing 2 weeks other wise it can develop an off flavor due to the high content of spices.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
22 Nov 11
If you make a large batch of something,portion it,freeze it or refrigerate it once it's cooled,then reheat it thoroughly and eat it when you want it,there shouldn't be a problem. There is a food hygiene risk with leftovers that get left out..That's why some places don't like giving "Doggy Bags" to take away,as they've been blamed when someone got food poisoning from a doggy bag that went nasty.Hot Food,once prepared,is best eaten there and then.While the food is kept at a hot serving temperature,(86C)the bugs that might cause food poisoning can't function. While cooling from serving temperature through eating temperature and then to room temperature,there is a risk they can then start to multiply..why foods left out over time will get mouldy,though that's only the visual side..what could harm you isn't usually seen. In short,if you have prepared food,and wanted to keep some once you've eaten for later,let it cool (putting hot food straight into a fridge is not a good idea-it will warm up the fridge and it's contents,bringing them into the at risk temperature zone.) -commercial kitchens use units called blast chillers to quickly chill foods so they can then be refrigerated. Reheating the same food more than once is probably not a good idea for these reasons.I don't know about reheating food altering the taste,though...
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
Thank you, there are very important information in your post. Hygiene risks are definitely more important than altering taste and fresh food is always better. Fortunately, I didn't have any problems with my stomach by reheating food so far. I always wait for food to get cold before storing it in the fridge but it's one of the things that my mother told me and I didn't ask why.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Nov 11
Sounds as though Your Mother may have taken food hygiene training...I work in a Restaurant so get put through this training and the update courses to keep me current!
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@SIMPLYD (81659)
• Philippines
28 Nov 11
My mother in-law cooks our foods every lunch, where she and my father in-law only eats them for lunch. At night when my husband and i comes home from work we would reheat them in the microwave so we could eat it for dinner. It's usually that way for our weekday dinners. But during weekends i do the cooking at lunch an sometimes, i would just reheat the leftovers and fry something to add for dinner. It's effort , time and budget saving that way. I think, reheating it twice isn't good to the taste anymore.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
30 Nov 11
This sounds very economic, throwing away food is wasted money. From what I am reading here, many people follow the same habit of reheating the lunch for dinner. Thank you for your response! x
@UmiNoor (3535)
• Malaysia
24 Nov 11
If it's a stew, I think it will make it saltier because the stew would lose the fluid. If it's something dry and you reheat it in the microwave, it will also lose some of the fluid so perhaps it will affect the flavor of the food. But like you say, it can be quite pricey to be cooking twice a day but if you like your food hot, you can cook small amount at a time. Some food can be kept for long without losing the flavor but there are those that will not keep for long. If I were to prepare food just for myself to eat, I would make very simple meals that I can make quick and cheap like a sandwich or just cook instant noodles.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
Instant food is quick and cheap. In my first years as a student my cooking variety was limited to pasta and sandwitches! Now I think it's better to eat a bit of everything in order to take all different vitamins from food ingredients and stay healthy.
@mariahhh (1328)
• United Arab Emirates
23 Nov 11
I was also picky before because i was used on eating different dishes every meal. But my mom changed the way she cooks, so we always had to reheat food to save money. I don't think it is unhealthy to reheat the food. Many people are using the microwave, I think every single family has one, and I have never heard any news that it's unhealthy. Maybe it's because microwave has radiation. But every electronics has radiation, even the cellphone, so i think it's normal.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
That's true, we can't avoid radiation it's everywhere in our everyday life. It is said that the microwave heats food by increasing the movement of molecules in the food which destroys the vitamins in it. This is why I am not sure about how healthy is reheating, although I always use the microwave because it's quick and easy.
@jpso138 (7869)
• Philippines
23 Nov 11
Well, we have to be practical this days most especially that prices of basic commodities have gone up and what your doing is certainly practical and cost saving. I know that reheated food may not be as great tasting as newly cooked food, but I think with respect to health, there is no reason why reheated food may be bad for health. Not unless the food is spoiled already and you reheat it, then it might not be good for health already. Spoiled food will not become good food even if reheated.
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
I think food can be preserved in the refrigerator for 2-3 days without being spoiled, if it's more than that I always check the smell before eating it. Spoiled food is definitely risky to reheat and eat..
• United States
23 Nov 11
Well, with leftovers I typically reheat them once and I find, the food still taste delicious! If you cook the food, then refrigerate it, then reheat it, I think its still fine and a majority of the taste is preserved! If you reheat it for the second time, I don't think the food taste good anymore so I would probably eat all the food the first time I've reheated it. Reheating food over and over again is nasty and makes the food bland!
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
I agree dellessimon45, reheating many times may destroy the taste. Thank you for your comment!
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
22 Nov 11
I'm sorry you feel that way. It's uneconomic right? Indeed I thought that, and the trouble it is to cook twice a day, uhh, really not worthed.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
It's possible to save 1-2 meals this way and a lot of time! Having to cook every other day is very convenient. Have a nice day! :)
@m_perez (506)
• United States
22 Nov 11
They say it's unhealthy, this id due to the radiation from the microwave. Well almost everything has radiation but microwaves have more of it. That's why people recommend not reheating your food twice. I just reheat my food using the stove or oven. The only time I use the microwave is when I'm too lazy to use the oven
@besweet (7227)
• Greece
24 Nov 11
Why the easiest and quickest solution is usually the most unhealthy when it comes to food? I know about the radiation but I use microwave everyday, even for heating milk sometimes. I should put it in the oven sometimes, food tastes better from the oven too.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
22 Nov 11
I haven't noticed any change in flavour over the years. Healthy? I don't know. I sometimes eat it cold, in the summer mostly.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
In the summer I prefer light and cold meals, that's true. But I can't eat pre-cooked food from the fridge, it needs to be at least in room temperature. Thank you for your comment kosta :)
• United States
22 Nov 11
I don't see why not. I usually make up big batches of chicken soup and I live off of it for several days. I think perhaps you were thinking if you reheated the whole batch over and over again instead of just taking a portion out and reheating it.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
Yes I meant re-heating the whole batch more than once. For example, for lentiles, soups or other recipes cooked in the pot it's easier to reheat the pot as it is instead of seperating the food in portions. It think it could be unhealthy to do that over and over each time I want to eat it.
• Philippines
22 Nov 11
It's always better to eat hot foods than the cold leftovers so I don't see anything wrong with reheating the food that you eat. You can say that it is not healthy based on the ingredients that you use in making the dish and not because of the reheating process. You see, there's a difference when you reheat a vegan dish and re-firing an all-meat dish right? Both reheated, but it's the component that counts. Busy people that has little time to be in the kitchen usually buys instant or fastfood dishes and they just heat them in the microwave, and when they can't consume the food, they place it in the fridge and ready to refire them as their next meal. Just don't do it twice, as the taste is altered the first time, what more the second time. Though for me, homemade meals are still the best and makes your tummy scream for more. Happy Mylotting to you besweet! And stay sweet!
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
Thank you gagagaohlala :)) The ingredients are important, for example I never reheat dishes with egg like omelettes. I prefer homemade food as well, I think it's far more tasty and healthy!
@ygna21 (294)
• Bulgaria
22 Nov 11
Well if you only have to reheat it once it is perfectly fine. But if you have to reheat it like 3-4 times then that wouldn't be so nice:P Most people nowadays don't have the time to cook 2 times a day so I think we all reheat our food. Happy Mylotting!
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
I have the same impression and I avoid reheating more than once. Women like my mother used to cook two times because they weren't working and they were dedicated to the family. Now people are so busy that they don't have much time to cook and they find other solutions. Thank you :)
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
22 Nov 11
I eat reheated food too especially when we have left over at dinner,I usually brought it to the office for lunch hehe to save.I guess it won't alter the taste if you reheat it,still the same taste.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
I do that too :) Or I make a sandwitch with it, if it's chicken or anything that can be used in a sandwitch! Sometimes it tastes different, not badly but you can tell that it's not freshly cooked. It depends on the food though, for example potatoes get very dry when reheated i think.
@durgabala (1362)
• India
22 Nov 11
reheating once is fine. of course there are times when we have to eat reheated food to avoid wastage of left over food.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
23 Nov 11
I don't like throwing food either and it's costly to cook two meals a day. Reheating is what I do most of the times because I don't like cold food.
• United States
22 Nov 11
I ... I don't think it's unhealthy. For a while, when I was really strung out for money, I'd make something like a large pot of chili and freeze portions and heat them up for my meals over the week. I think what you heard is because of how microwaves work and how the particles and other stuff used to heat food in them might cause the food to be unsafe.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
22 Nov 11
Yes it could be beacuse of the microwave. I am pretty sure I have heard it somewhere when I was a student because always have it in my mind and I avoid reheating food twice. This is actually a good solution if you have a busy schedule or you can't afford to buy different food. Unfortunately it gets a bit boring for me to eat the same for the whole week, but I would do it if I had to.