How To Reheat Ribs In An Air Fryer

how to reheat ribs in an air fryer

It's no secret; having your favorite dinner item as leftovers always seems like a downgraded version of its natural flavor. And leftover ribs are like the last thing you'd want as leftover. Because who would want to have its delectable taste extinguished by that of leftovers?

Well, not every cooking appliance works efficiently enough to reheat food. Each needs a little adjustment, so this article will help you properly reheat ribs using an air fryer and decide if it's good enough for everyday use.

Are Leftover Ribs Safe To Eat?

If your leftover ribs have been stored properly, they will be safe for consumption. And the way to check this is if:

A Guide To Reheating Ribs In The Air Fryer

Air fryers work excellently at giving tender reheated meat with a crispy, golden exterior; they're almost as good as freshly prepared ribs that just got off the grill. This makes air fryers the most-loved kitchen appliance. Follow these steps to perfectly reheat ribs using an air fryer:

  1. Carve the ribs into portions small enough to fit into your air fryer. Doing this will provide a homogenous, even heating, making the meat flavorful and moist throughout.
  2. Set your air fryer's temperature to 350° F (175° C). A high heat may quickly dry the ribs before it gets heated, while a low heat will repeat the cooking process, making the meat taste overcooked.
  3. Lightly coat the ribs with cooking oil, cover with foil and place them inside the fryer basket. The oil gives the ribs extra moisture and prevents the meat from drying out, while the foil prevents too much moisture from escaping.
  4. Reheat for 5 minutes and check if the internal temperature reads 145° F.
  5. Once ready, remove from the fryer basket and cool for a minute before serving.

When working with an air fryer, always line the food in a single layer; overcrowding is the sole reason for unevenly reheated meat. And since the fryer baskets are primarily small, you have no choice but to work in batches. But it's worth waiting.

The benefits of reheating ribs using an air fryer are many, and here are a few:

Storing Leftover Ribs

Ribs are juicy and retain so much flavor because they absorb the seasonings well. Proper storage can keep them lasting for days, while a simple mistake can put you at risk of health concerns. Never leave the ribs (or any other food) in the danger zone temperature (40° F to 140° F) for more than 2 hours after it has been cooked.

Whether you've kept the ribs whole or sliced them into individual portions, tightly wrap each piece in plastic or foil and place them in an airtight container. Once refrigerated, you can consume them within 4 days. But if you freeze them, their shelf life will be much longer, extending up to 3 months.

To freeze ribs, wrap each piece in foil and vacuum seal them or place them inside a heavy-duty freezer bag. Label the date to know how long you can keep them. However, there's a setback to storing ribs for too long– you'll be risking its flavor. So, try finishing the delicious ribs before you lose their taste to time.

Using Leftover Ribs

Sometimes, you'll find that the leftover ribs often fall off easily. This isn't entirely bad because you can use the savory meat elsewhere, and it'll make your basic dishes much better.