Just thinking about dumplings make your mouth water by bringing up images of these warm and steamy pockets that are filled with delicious goodness. But sometimes, you end up with leftovers of these flavorful and comforting dumplings. I’ll teach you my secrets of how to reheat dumplings.
In these cases, you can store and reheat dumplings for future uses. The problem is that dumplings are very delicate, and can become mushy or even fall apart if they aren’t handled properly in the reheating process.
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So whether you have steamed dumplings or fried dumplings, we’ll teach you how to properly store and reheat them to preserve the best texture and flavor the next time you consume them.
How to Store Dumplings?
Following are the best ways to store dumplings, whether they are fried or steamed.
If you plan on consuming your leftover dumplings within a day, then refrigerating is the best option. Just set them on a plate or bowl, while making sure they don’t touch each other and put them in the fridge until you plan on reheating them.
In case you have a larger batch of dumpling and won’t be able to consume them within a day or two, then it is better to freeze them. For this, you will have to line the dumplings on tray so that they don’t touch each other. You can also line the tray with wax paper to prevent the dumplings from sticking to it.
Then you have to flash freeze them for at least an hour. Afterwards, you can remove the tray and store the dumplings in air tight container or bags. Since flash freezing will harder the exterior, the dumplings won’t stick to each other in the bag.
How to Reheat Dumplings?
Now that you know how to properly store leftovers, the next step is to learn to reheat dumplings. Following method can be used to reheat them. Remember that frozen dumplings need to be thawed properly before going onto the following steps.
Using the Microwave
The easiest way to reheat dumplings is to toss them into the microwave. Just place them in a microwave safe container, cover it with a damp paper towel and zap them in for about 45 seconds to one minute. This may take longer in case frozen dumplings weren’t thawed enough.
Keep an eye on them to make sure you don’t overheat them.
This method works better with steamed dumplings, as compared to fried ones, which can get soggy in this process.
Using the Stove
In case of fried dumplings, reheating them on the stove is the best option is to preserve their textures and flavor. Though you can use this method to reheated steamed dumplings as well.
– Fried Dumplings
To reheat fried dumping, preheat a skillet on medium heat. Add a little oil, and sauté the dumplings for 3 to 4 minutes while turning them over a few times. Check to make sure they are thoroughly heated, and remove them from the pan.
– Steamed Dumplings
In case of steamed dumplings, preheat the skillet on medium heat, but add a few tablespoons of water to it. This will prevent the dumplings from drying out. Cover the skillet and heat the dumplings for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are fully heated before removing them from the skillet.
With these methods, you can enjoy leftover dumplings without having to compromise on the taste or texture.