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Here’s How to Reheat Pasta Without Drying It Out

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Let’s be honest, pasta dishes like second-day spaghetti are always more delicious. However, upon reheating your leftovers, they can dry out. Good news, though, there’s an easy hack for that.

An ice cube is all you need to keep your leftover pasta from drying out in the microwave.

First, you need to spread out your pasta onto a plate (not in a lump in the middle). Then, place a single ice cube in the center and cover the dish with a paper towel or piece of parchment paper. Heat as you normally would. You’ll have warm, non-dry pasta for lunch.

But how does this work? It’s all about steam.

As the dish heats, steam comes off of the ice cube providing moisture as it warms and preventing you from having crunchy noodles. Yes, you can also simply add a bit of water to the dishes, too, but the key here is covering up your dish. Even if you do just sprinkle in a bit of water, always use a cover.

If this method sounds familiar, it’s because the process recently went viral but with a different dish.

TikTok content creator Emily Mariko has garnered millions of views on her simple salmon bowl lunch that’s essentially a deconstructed salmon roll. In the video, she reheats some rice for her bowl’s base. When she does, she places an ice cube in the center, adds parchment paper over top, and heats the rice. The result is a fluffy, non-dry, non-gummy lunch.

When you run out of pasta to reheat, here’s how to make Mariko’s salmon bowl. Be sure you’ve got a paper towel or parchment paper and an ice cube nearby.

[Via LifeHacker]

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