No great meal is complete without a nice bowl of gravy to add flavor and moisture to it. Gravies can be made using many different ingredients such as broth, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and a bunch of other seasonings. I think we can all agree that gravy is the life of the party when it comes to food.
Without great-tasting gravy, your food will be like a boring Becky- No offense if your name is Becky.
If you made a nice home-cooked meal with great-tasting gravy, you wouldn’t want it to go to waste so the first step would be to store it properly. Doing so allows you to preserve all the goodness of the flavors inside.
The best way to store gravy is in a sealed container placed inside of a refrigerator or a freezer, depending on how long you would like to keep it. Just like any other food, it is always best to use your leftover gravy as soon as possible so that it does not lose its flavor and go to waste.
Use a freezer-safe or fridge-safe container, seal it tightly and store it at the back of the fridge. The good thing about gravy is that it can be stored for a very long time because it normally contains a good amount of salt which acts as a preservative.
And if you want to make it last longer, use a Ziploc or other plastic bag container which will allow you to remove the air from inside. Stored air will react with the gravy causing bacteria to form faster than if there was no air, leading to spoilage.
You can store gravy for up to two weeks if done properly.
Can You Reheat Gravy In a Microwave?
The microwave is one of the most convenient gadgets to be found in a kitchen. Fortunately for everyone reading this article, a microwave can be used to reheat your leftover gravy from the refrigerator.
There are also other ways in which we can reheat our leftover gravy which I will get into so continue reading if you’d like to learn more about them.
Steps to Reheating Gravy in Microwave
After properly storing your gravy in the refrigerator or freezer, follow these steps to reheat your leftover gravy in a microwave oven.
Step 1: Retrieve your gravy from storage.
Step 2: Prepare a microwave-safe container by thoroughly rinsing and drying it before transferring the gravy into it. Microwave-safe containers can be bought at your local convenience store, but you can use a ceramic or glass container if you have one at home.
Avoid using metal containers in the microwave since these will begin to spark once heated by the electromagnetic waves emitted from the microwave oven. This can cause a fire to start, resulting in damage to your environment and possibly, to yourself.
Step 3: Transfer the gravy into your container of choice. Do not completely seal the container, since the steam will need an escape avenue. If the steam is not allowed to escape then your container may explode inside the microwave (depending on the type of material), or it may become deformed.
Instead of using a seal-tight cover, it is best to use a wet paper towel, a microwave-friendly plastic wrap, parchment paper or a moist cloth. Using any of these covers will keep the gravy from splashing out onto the insides of the microwave, and will allow the gravy to heat evenly in the microwave.
Step 4: Microwaves tend to heat food unevenly and in thick liquids, it may cause hot spots to form. To avoid this, heat the leftover gravy at medium to high power for 30 to 45-second intervals. After this time, use a wooden spoon to stir the gravy. This causes the heat distribution to become more uniform.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 until your gravy is heated to your desired temperature. If you are not sure what temperature to work with, many expert chefs say that gravy is best when heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius). At this temperature, all the bad bacteria are destroyed so you won’t get sick from consuming the gravy.
Step 6: Once you have finished reheating, use an oven mitt or a dishcloth to retrieve your container of gravy from the microwave. As a precaution, keep your face away from the container as you open it so as to prevent the steam from burning you.
How Many Times Can You Reheat Gravy in a Microwave?
It is recommended that gravy only be reheated once, and a maximum of twice. This is because bacteria and mold may develop during the process of cooling and reheating, which is bad for your health.
The best thing to do is to reheat the leftover gravy according to your serving size. Frozen gravy can be stored for a very long time but should only be reheated once. If you would like to try your luck by reheating a serving of gravy twice, make sure that you heat on high power and for a longer time.
This guarantees that most of the bacteria will die from extended exposure to high heat.
How Long Can You Heat Gravy in a Microwave?
The best way to reheat leftover gravy in a microwave is by doing so in intervals of 30-45 seconds for a total of 3 minutes. For gravy that has been stored longer in the refrigerator, use high power and heat for 5 minutes.
Microwaving for any longer than this will cause the leftover gravy to become very thick and very hot. As the gravy heats, more steam is released from it which is the water is evaporated. Less water in your gravy will lead to clumps.
What Is The Safest Temperature For Reheating Gravy?
The safest temperature for reheating gravy is 74 degrees Celsius or 165 degrees Fahrenheit. When allowed to heat at this internal temperature, all the bacteria that grew from the gravy being stored will die.
If the gravy was stored in the fridge then it can be heated on medium power, but if it was stored in the freezer, use high power to get the best results.
Other Ways to Reheat Gravy
Here are some other ways that you can use to reheat your leftover gravy if you would like to explore.
- Using a Stove Top: To reheat your gravy using a stovetop, retrieve a suitable saucepan for use. Thoroughly wash and dry the saucepan to make sure that it is clean. Add a little butter or broth to the saucepan and transfer the gravy into it. Heat on low to medium and stir to prevent lumps.
- Use a thermometer to make sure that it is heated to an internal temperature of 74 degrees Celsius 9165 degrees Fahrenheit). Once it has achieved this temperature then you have successfully reheated your leftover gravy.
- Using the double boiler method: This method is pretty straightforward but it may take a bit longer than the others. Regardless of the length of time required, this method is a sure way to preserve the flavor and consistency of your gravy.
If you have a double boiler pot, simply fill the bottom with some water, and place your leftover gravy inside the top pot. If you do not have a double boiler pot, you can make a DIY dish by combining a glass container and a saucepan.
The glass container should be used to hold the gravy and the saucepan should be filled with water.
Reheating leftover gravy in your microwave is as easy as 1-2-3. It is convenient and preserves all the flavors. Remember to use a microwave-safe container to prevent any accidents from happening in your home.
I hope that you found this article very helpful.