If you’re someone like me who always go extra and cook more than enough, I know you’re always left with cold leftovers. Last night was another kitchen mistake! Since roast beef is a treat to my family who really loves beef, I found myself cooking way too much. I overestimated the amount of food to cook and now it is coldly lying on my countertop.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to revive its former glory! You can reheat this delicious dish without drying it out. In my article today, I will be teaching you how to reheat roast beef while retaining is beautiful flavors and texture.
Please keep on reading below.
Here Are the Things You Will Need
The methods on how to reheat roast beef requires certain materials but this will likely depend on the type of beef you are reheating or the particular method to do so. But in general, these are some of the things you need to have.
There are various ways to heat your roast, either heating using foil, heating it in a container or oiled; this will vary on the meat's doneness as well as the particular method you will choose. I will further discuss this below.
Identify the Degree of Doneness of Your Roast Beef
The roast beef’s degree of doneness will determine how you are going to do the reheating method. Below are the different degrees of doneness.
- 1Rare Roast Beef. This means the roast beef has been cooked at a temperature of 52-degrees Celsius. You can easily identify this with its cool red center.
- 2Medium Rare Roast Beef. The beef in this one has been cooked at a temperature of 57-degrees Celsius. You will find a warm red in its center.
- 3Medium Roast Beef. While this one has been cooked at 63-degrees Celsius and it has a warm pink in the center.
- 4Medium Well Done Roast Beef. On the other hand, this is cooked at 66-degrees Celsius. You will see its center to be slightly pinkish.
- 5Well Done Roast Beef. This has the highest requirement of temperature at 71-degrees Celsius. This has a very little pink on it or to almost none at all.
The more done the roast beef is, the easier it is to do the reheating. if you are fond of rarely done roast beef, there is nothing to worry about, I will be teaching you how to reheat roast beef without having to give up your preferred doneness.
Reheating Rare Roast Beef
This one is the trickiest among all. It actually took me several tries before I was able to perfect this since reheating normally results to changing the doneness of your roast beef, which is fine but not if you really love it rare.
Here’s how you can reheat rare roast beef without changing its doneness.
- 1Wrap your frozen or refrigerated rare roast beef with a foil.
- 2Place the foiled roast beef into a microwavable or oven-safe bowl.
- 3Fill half of the pot with water and bring this to boil.
- 4Turn off the heat and place the bowl with roast inside the pot. Do this carefully so the water won't go into the bowl; reduce the boiled water if you have to.
- 5Cover the pot and leave this for about five to ten minutes if your rare roast beef is refrigerated but if it is frozen, leave it for 20 minutes.
This is the best way to bring the heat back to your rare roast beef since it does not generate so much heat enough cook the beef further either on the inside or outside.
Reheating Medium Rare Roast Beef
For your medium rare roast beef, the method above will do but you can also try this oven or microwave method.
Using your oven
- 1Preheat your oven to 250-degrees Fahrenheit
- 2Wrap your frozen or refrigerated rare roast beef with a foil.
- 3Put the foil-wrapped roast beef on a baking tray.
- 4Turn off the oven and place the baking tray with roast beef inside the oven. If your roast beef has been frozen, leave it there for 20 minutes but if it is only chilled, 10 minutes would be enough
What we only need is the generated heat inside your oven; this would be enough to reheat your medium rare roast without cooking it further.
Using Your Microwave
Just a little warning when using this method: microwave can make your beef tasting dry so make sure that you will only use the lowest heat settings.
If you foiled wrap your roast beef, then the first thing you should do is to remove the foil. It is one of the many things you should never put in the microwave. You should know that putting any metal, even the foil that you use to cover your leftovers can wreck your microwave and could even start a find inside; of course, we do not want this to happen.
- 2Put the medium rare roast beef in a microwavable bowl or plate. Add all its juices into it.
- 3If you are using a frozen roast beef, defrost it first by using the defrost settings; set this to 10 minutes.
- 4Now, set your microwave to its lowest setting and set the timer to 4 minutes.
Reheating Medium Well Done Roast Beef
To reheat a medium well done roast beef, we will have to cook it at a higher temperature but using less time. This is important so the roast beef will not be dry and will be cooked further inside.
Using Your Oven
- 1If you are using a frozen roast beef, I suggest you defrost it by storing in the fridge the night before you'd like to reheat it.
- 2Preheat your oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit
- 3Now, use the foil to wrap the roast beef
- 4Then reheat it in the oven for three to five minutes.
Using Your Microwave
- 1For your frozen roast beef, defrost in the fridge the night before you plan to reheat it.
- 2Remove the foil of the roast beef.
- 3Remove the foil first from the roast beef and place it in a microwavable bowl or plate. Add all its juices into it.
- 4Set the temperature to high and allow it to reheat for 3 minutes
Reheating Well Done Roast Beef
Well done roast beef is the easiest one to reheat since it has already been cooked well. You don't have to worry about losing its moisture or juices.
You can choose between the microwave and oven method and follow the steps I’ve mentioned above, but if you don’t have both then you can also use air fryer method which I will introduce below. However, take note that you can only use this method if the meat is well-done, or else you will be overcooking the beef and its flavor and texture will be altered.
Using your air fryer
- 1Preheat the air fryer to 390-degrees Fahrenheit
- 2Evenly spread oil to the surface of your air fryer
- 3Put your roast beef on the pan
- 4Start reheating your beef for about 3 minutes or until you will start to see a heavy amount of smoke coming out of the beef.
So that’s a wrap! Did you have fun learning the different ways on how to reheat roast beef and of course preserving the beef’s texture and flavor? Isn’t it great to know that there will no longer be any food that will go to waste next time you overestimate the amount of food to cook?
Anyway, if you some more bright ideas when it comes to reheating roast, don’t hesitate to leave your comment below. I’m sure you’d fellow readers would love to learn some more.