Food expert’s little-known tip for reheating takeaway chips stops them going soggy

Food expert Magda Ganea has shared the perfect way to make sure you can reheat last night’s chips without them becoming a soggy mess – and it’s a total game-changer

Takeaway chips are delicious – but can be a nightmare to reheat (stock photo)

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of ordering way too much food whenever we splash out on a takeaway.

And while some foods like pizza can be enjoyed cold the next morning or are easy to reheat, other things are destined to be thrown in the bin because no amount of microwaving will ever make them taste the same as they did the night before.

Thankfully though, a food expert has come to the rescue to save us from being wasteful – as they claim there is actually a hack you can use to save your leftover chips and not have to endure the soggy mess that usually occurs when you attempt to reheat them.

Chip connoisseur Magda Ganae, from The Real Food Cafe in Stirlingshire, was awarded second place at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2018, and knows what she’s talking about when it comes to reheating chips.

Microwaving your chips is a recipe for disaster (stock photo)


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Speaking to, Magda said: “The biggest reason chips go soggy when reheating is moisture. Potatoes are full of moisture that escapes when reheated, especially in a microwave or oven where the steam can’t escape.”

But the chef insists it is possible to reheat chips, as long as you take a little more time and care with the process.

Magda recommends cooling leftover chips as soon as possible and putting them in the fridge with a “loose cover”, as sealing them completely can cause bacteria growth.

Then, when it’s time to reheat, make sure you pat your chips dry with a kitchen towel or use salt to draw out any excess moisture – as it’s vital that your chips are dry before the reheating begins.

Magda said: “Reheat in such a way that the water can escape. The perfect way to reheat chips is to deep fry them, but frying them in a skillet can work just as well, use a very hot pan with a little oil.

“Alternatively you can grill them on a high heat, but move the chips regularly so as not to burn them.”

The food guru says to avoid the microwave at all costs when it comes to reheating chips, and instead suggests considering the heating process as a second cooking.

Magda also says you should probably try to “eat them all in the first sitting” to avoid any need to reheat, but if you’re going to warm up your leftovers then “start dry and cook on a high heat”.

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