Q. I love chips but I’m not able to finish the whole pack so I wonder how can I make them fresh again and my question is can you reheat chips?
A. Chips are a much-loved food dish and snack across the world. Sometimes, after digging into this delicious grub, you may find yourself with leftovers and ask: can you reheat chips? Fortunately, it is absolutely possible to reheat leftover chips in a way that keeps them just as fresh, crispy and tasty as when first served! The key is to get rid of as much moisture as possible before reheating them, as moisture is what makes chips soggy. Use a paper towel to pat the chips dry before trying one of these preferred methods of how to reheat chips.
The Fry Method
By far, the most popular method for reheating chips is to fry them. This process will bring out the crispiness of the chips that makes them so oh-so-tasty. To start, you can put some oil in a pan and cook them on high heat. The high temperature will ensure they reach that crispy perfection that they originally had when first served. The oil works to add some flavor and helps with the crispiness factor.
If you want to skip the oil and prefer a healthier alternative, consider using some cooking spray or low-calorie butter. If you’d still prefer cooking with oil but want to try a new kind out, give nut-based oil a try.
The Oven Method
Another go-to method for those asking “can you reheat chips?” is to pop them in the oven. In fact, ovens are the most common way to reheat most food! A good temperature to go with is 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can cook them for about 5 minutes or so.
It’s a good idea to spread the chips out on a sheet of aluminum foil prior to placing them on a baking sheet. Aluminum foil works to capture the heat and allows for less-clean up, which is always a bonus with cooking! After you’ve placed a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, spread a little vegetable oil or cooking spray on the sheet, lay out the chips on top and place them in the oven until cooked to crispy perfection.
The Skillet Method
Using a skillet is another great alternative, though this method requires a little more work. Opt for a deep skillet with a heavy bottom that will allow the chips to be cooked at all sides, rather than just the bottom. Add some oil or butter to the skillet and spread it out, so it covers the bottom of the dish. Heat up the skillet to a high temperature, add the chips and occasionally stir and turn the chips over until they are hot and crunchy!
With skillets, you may want to consider sprucing up your leftover chips by adding some just-as-delicious topping. You can melt some cheese on top of chips, and even toss in some bacon bits to give it a fuller flavor. After all, there is no such thing as too many toppings when it comes to chips!
The Microwave Method
This method is not very common as there is always a risk of the chips coming out very soggy. But, if done right, this method could be preferable to some. As mentioned above, the key is to get rid of as much moisture as possible to decrease the chance of sogginess.
The first step is to pour a little bit of oil on the fries to steep them in some flavor. Afterwards, place the chips on a paper towel so it can retain any moisture. Then, put the paper towel of chips on a microwave-safe plate, cook for about 10 minutes or until heated to a preferable amount. Once you’ve taken them out, let them cool for a couple of minutes before enjoying. Top the chips with some salt to finish them off with optimal flavor.