Spring has arrived and it’s time to pull out that grill. I can smell the meat cooking now. Whether you use a charcoal grill, or a propane grill, or even a smoker, the same question comes to mind after the meal is consumed and the grill cools off: What to do with the leftovers. Whether you are faced with a platter of leftover ribs or several hamburger patties or hotdogs, the reheating process is simple and tasty.
Preserving your leftovers
If you plan on eating your leftover meats within a day or two, you can wrap them well and keep them refrigerated until you are ready to use them. If you have a larger amount that you cannot eat in a short time, freezing the leftovers is a good option. Use a zippered freezer bag and mark the date and contents on it before putting in your freezer. I wrap the meat in aluminum foil before I put it in the freezer bag. This provides a double layer of protection from freezer burn. Remove your leftover meat from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator before steaming.
When heating leftover meat in an oven or a microwave, the meat tends to dry out and get tough. That means that leftovers are less tasty and so less desirable. It’s no fun to eat leftovers that don’t taste as good as they did originally. Using a steamer to reheat the meat off your grill keeps it from drying out and it retains nearly its entire original flavor. A small amount is lost to the steam, you will see this in the water in the bottom of the pan when you finish. You can add seasonings or barbecue sauce to counter this.
Use a large steamer pot with a basket that sits high above the water. Keep the lid on the pot to hold the steam in. Fill the pot with approximately 3 inches of water. Place the meat in the basket and place the lid on top of the pot. You can reheat leftover potatoes and other vegetables this way too. Turn the heat on high under the pot and allow it to steam for 20 minutes to a half hour, depending on the size of the cut of meat you are heating.
Time to eat
You will be amazed at the way your leftover steak, ribs or chicken will taste when you heat it this way. A leftover steak can be turned into fajitas, hamburgers taste as if they were just pulled off the grill. A leftover roast comes out perfect when reheated this way. Almost any meat can be heated this way, and your leftovers will be much more palatable to your family. You will save money and time by having tasty meals made of your leftover grilled meat.
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