How To Reheat Grits
Grits are one of the most popular dishes in America. They are enjoyed by people all over the country, any time of the day - be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So, if you have any leftover grits from your last meal, you can reheat them and enjoy them again for your next meal.
Fortunately, reheating leftover grits isn’t too hard, and you’ll be able to reheat them in multiple ways. In this article, we will discuss those methods to help you reheat your grits back to life again. So, without further ado, let’s begin!
Reheating on the Stove
If you have a small batch of leftover grits, reheating them on the stove is the best option. Most people prefer this method to reheat grits over other methods because it is less time-consuming and also gives the best results.
- First, place a non-stick pan on your stove and turn it on at low heat.
- Next, transfer your leftover grits to the pan and pour a small amount of milk or water as well.
- Keep heating the dish on low heat and stir continuously. Make sure to break up any lumps that form in the grits.
- Add more water or milk if you see the grits becoming too clumpy or thick. Keep stirring and make sure it’s not sticking to the pan.
- Serve once it’s warm enough.
While reheating your grits on the stovetop, you can also try adding some flavors as well. Adding shredded cheese, pepper, butter, or maybe even some salt can bring some changes to your plain ole grits.
Reheating in the Oven
Reheating grits in the oven takes the longest time of all the methods. However, it is the best method if you have a large batch of leftover grits to reheat. It will also give an amazing result since the oven provides even heating all around. If you have time and want good results, you should try reheating your grits in the oven.
- First, preheat the oven as always, up to 180°F. And while it’s heating up, transfer your grits into an oven-safe dish.
- Now add some liquid like water or milk to your grits to prevent them from drying up. Place the lid and place the dish in the oven.
- Reheat for approximately 8 minutes, and add more liquid if required.
- Reheat again for about 5 to 10 more minutes or until it’s warm enough for you.
- Once it’s warm enough, take out the dish and serve when you’re about to dine.
Reheating in Microwave
While it’s not the ideal method, reheating grits in the microwave is definitely the fastest of them all. So, if you’re in a bit of a hurry, place it in the microwave for a quick reheat. The reason it is not ideal for reheating grits in the oven is that the texture can turn rubbery if you leave it for a few seconds too long. Here’s how to do it the right way:
- Transfer the leftover grits to a microwave-safe plate or container and add a small amount of liquid for moisture.
- Place the dish into the microwave and warm it up at medium temperature for 30 seconds.
- Check if it is warm enough, and stir if it’s too thick. If it’s not warm enough, add more liquid and reheat again for 30 seconds. Repeat this process until it reaches your desired temperature.
- Make sure to reheat in 30 seconds intervals only. Do not reheat for a second longer each interval for best results.
What is the Right Way to Store Grits?
The right way to store grits is obviously to store them in your refrigerator or freezer.
If you’re planning to store your leftover grits in a freezer or fridge, you can place them in a container with tight lids. Make sure that air does not enter inside. You can also wrap the container with plastic wraps for good measure. But remember, always let the food cool down to room temperature before you freeze them.
Your leftover grits will last in a fridge for about 5 days. If your grits have been in the fridge for more than a week, they have likely gone bad. On the other hand, they will last for up to a month.
To ensure that your grits last for as long as possible, avoid storing any other perishables with them.
How to Tell If Your Grits Have Expired?
Once your grits go bad, it’s pretty easy to tell. There will be many signs, including the taste, odor, and even color.
Expired grits will normally have a nasty taste to them. But before you can even taste it, the color and smell will surely give it away. It will either have a yellowish color or sour odor, or both. If you see any of these signs, it’s best you throw them out immediately.