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French fries are a popular meal. They are also a popular addition to a lot of take-out meals. And what’s not to love about French fries right?

They are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and quite tasty (thanks to the salt that gives them that extra zing). 

Leftover french fries are not a prevalent issue, but it does happen. I  personally have had moments where I end up purchasing more french fries than my stomach can stomach. In that scenario, what do you do with leftover french fries?

You can bin it, however, even better, you can revive your day-old fries to their crunchy, tasty form by reheating them.

Day-old fries get soft, chewy, and dry but reheating them will bring them back to their tasteful self.

You can reheat your french fries in a frying pan. Just pour 1 tablespoon of oil into your pan and re-fry french fries for 3 minutes. But the faster and easier way to reheat french fries is in the microwave.

Reheating french fries in the microwave can be tricky. To do it right, you need to know as much as possible.  

Can you reheat French Fries in the Microwave?

Yes, you can reheat fries in the microwave. It is safe to do so, but how the fries were stored prior to is very important.

Leftover fries need to be stored in the refrigerator almost immediately. Should you delay in storing the fries away, a bacteria called Botulism will grow on them.

Botulism is a bacteria linked to food poisoning. This bacteria grows on moist potatoes and it can be very fatal, requiring medical care. 

So when you have eaten as much as you can from your french fries, store leftovers in the fridge.

When you are ready to have them again, bring them out from the fridge. But give them 15 minutes to get to room temperature before reheating in your microwave.

For best results, it is recommended that you use a  microwave crisper tray. 

The microwave crisper tray makes the french fries crispier and also is very useful for browning the fries.

How do you reheat french fries in the microwave?

When the fries are removed from the fridge, allow 15 minutes for them to get to room temperature.

If you do not have a microwave crisper, you can place your french fries on a microwave-safe plate.

Place paper towels on the plate and put your french fries on it. Paper towels should be placed at the center of the dish, while their outer ends will cover the sides of the dish. 

Spread your french fries out, do not let them overlap or touch each other. Do not layer your french fries on the microwave-safe plate, because this can trap the steam, which will make your fries soggy.

Next, place your french fries on the microwave-safe plate. 

Because french fries can get dry when reheated in the microwave, drizzle some olive oil or vegetable oil over your fries. You can also sprinkle some water too.

These additions would help keep the fries moist during the reheating process in the microwave. 

With all this drizzle and sprinkle going on, you will need to cover the fries with a paper towel. This is to absorb any excess oil while it is reheating.

Microwave your fries on high heat for 20 seconds at a time until they are reheated enough and ready to eat.

When you bring out your french fries, take off the paper towel that is layered over them, add salt to taste, and allow time to cool.

Using a microwave Crisper tray

Some people call them crisper pans but whatever you know them by if you are using a microwave crisper tray to reheat your french fries, you are definitely on to something great. 

Crisper trays are specially designed to crips the outside of foods when the food is being cooked and reheated.

Compared to using your microwave to reheat your fries, there is a slight difference when a crisper tray is involved.

As a start, you need to preheat your crisper tray before placing your french fries on it. Take out the rack that usually comes with a microwave and then place your crisper tray on the turntable.

Make sure the turntable is in place so it rotates properly. The preheating of the crisper tray transfers heat to the fries while it cooks through.

Preheat your crisper tray on high power for 3 minutes. Bring out your crisper tray (careful it will be hot!), with an oven mitt or use a kitchen towel to handle it.  

Spray the crisper tray with non-stick spray. This serves as a good protective base so fries don’t end up sticking to the tray. 

Drizzle some olive oil or vegetable oil over your fries and place them on your crisper tray. 

Do not overcrowd your crisper tray with french fries

If you happen to have a large volume of leftover fries, it is best you reheat them in batches.

Heat the fries in the microwave on high heat for 10 minutes, with check-in at 30-second intervals. You know your fries are ready to be brought out when it starts browning and turning crispy.

To ensure your fries brown evenly, flip them over regularly so they are reheated on all sides.  

Some crisper trays come with lids. If you are using one with a lid, covering up your fries as they go in the microwave, means your fries are reheated by the heat solely coming from the crisper tray. This is especially ideal if you are working with thin-sliced fries that do not require so much heat.

When your fries are done, sprinkle some salt over your fries while in the crisper and shake gently to allow an even mix.

Give 1 to 2 minutes of cool-down time before eating.

Crisper trays can have differing instructions for usage based on their manufacturers, so be sure to read manufacturers’ guidelines. 

How long do you put fries in the microwave?

This depends on the number of fries to be reheated and if they were allowed to defrost properly before they were put in the microwave.

To cut down unnecessary microwave time, fries from the fridge should be allowed to defrost for 15 minutes before it is put in the microwave to reheat. Do  not reheat fries straight out of the refrigerator 

If you are reheating fries for a single serving, 1 minute will suffice. Anything over and your fries can end up stringy or very dry.

Therefore going by this premise if you are reheating a double quantity then an added 1 minute would work. Whatever is the time frame you are working with check in on your fries every 20 seconds at least. 

If you are using a microwave crisper tray there is a time difference in this approach.  Microwave your fries on high power for 10 minutes, with interval checks every 30 seconds.

Note this though, the length of time is a guide and is not necessarily set in stone. Your fries may be ready earlier than the 10 minutes, this is why the interval checks are important. 

Things to remember when reheating your fries in the microwave:

There are so many ways to reheat leftover fries. You could re-fry them in your pan, or put them in your oven. In fact, many trials say the best way to reheat fries is in the oven, the big caveat though is that it takes a longer time.

The microwave is not only fast but it offers an equally delicious result when done right.   Keep the following in mind:

  1. Leftover fries are good and safe to eat as long as they were stored in the refrigerator immediately.
  2. Coat your fries with olive oil or vegetable oil this will help your fries retain moisture and not dry out.
  3. Layer 2 to 3 paper towels in your microwave-safe plate before placing your fries on them. This will help absorb any extra moisture.
  4. A microwave crisper tray/pan works really well when reheating fries. This is because it is designed to crisp the outside of foods when the food is being cooked or reheated.
  5. As your fries reheat in the microwave, make sure to check them at intervals and flip them over so they reheat and brown evenly.

Wrapping up

So there you have it, your leftover fries can have a life outside of your bin. The most important thing is that it is stored away immediately you realize you are stuffed and can consume no more.

Refrigerate leftover fries immediately to prevent the harmful bacteria known as botulism from growing on them.

If you do not have a microwave crisper tray, make sure to use a microwave-safe plate.

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