Dumplings are among the popular dishes that are touted as international. Irrespective of the location, you will find dumplings. In fact, you will find a unique twist on dumplings based on the region. Whether as a standalone dish, side dish, or any other way, dumplings can be enjoyed in any way. Storing dumplings in the fridge or freezing them for later use is quite common. There are different ways to reheat the dumplings to ensure they don’t lose their delicious flavor.
The Proper Way Of Storing Dumplings
Whether you store them in a freezer or refrigerator, dumplings are easy to store when cooked. They will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. When it comes to freezing dumplings, you have to be a bit careful. Here’s how to freeze steamed dumplings:
- Use a flat tray and layer it with greaseproof paper.
- Put your dumplings on the tray and spray some cooking oil over it. This will ensure that the dumplings don’t stick to each other. Put the tray in the freezer overnight. Take the dumplings out of the freezer and pack them into serving sizes. Once you have stored the dumplings, the next step is to know how to properly heat them to get the best flavor.
Microwaving The Dumplings
If you are looking for the easiest and most convenient way to reheat your dumplings, then you can use the microwave.
- Place the dumpling in a microwave-safe container and a little water to steam them and keep them from drying out.
- Cover the container with a clean wet towel or wet paper towel; however, there should be some room for air to spurt.
- Based on the power rating of the microwave, heat the dumplings for around one minute. If your microwave is above 700-watt, then it should take around 45 seconds.
Be warned this is not the best option but it is the easiest. Covering the dumplings and using a little water will compensate for the microwaves short comings as a cooking device.
Steam Dumplings Again
If you have stored the steamed dumplings, then it is best to steam them again. You can use steaming for baked dumplings as well. But this method does not sit well with fried dumplings. During steaming, the dumplings will get moist, losing the crunch that comes from frying. You can steam the dumplings straight from the freeze. You can also choose to thaw the dumplings overnight prior to steaming them. Let the water come to a steaming temperature before placing the dumplings in the steaming basket. If you are using a metal steamer, use perforated baking paper so that the dumpling won’t stick to the basket. If you have thawed your dumplings, then it would take 5 to 10 minutes to steam the dumplings. If you are steaming them right out of the freezer, it should take twice as much. You are only reheating the dumpling, so the internal temperature should ideally be 70-degree Celsius.
Baking is a great way to reheat the dumplings and works in any way your dumplings are cooked. Preheat your oven to 180-degree Celsius. It would be better if you thaw the dumplings if they are frozen. Put them on a baking tray and layer the tray with baking paper. Spray lite cooking oil over your dumpling. You will need to bake the dumplings for 10 minutes.
Pan-frying your dumplings is among the easiest ways to reheat the dumplings. And it is great for steamed and fried dumplings. However, you may not get the desired results with baked dumplings. Put your pan in the heat and add two tablespoons of oil. Add your dumplings once the pan is well-heated. Fry your thawed dumplings until they turn golden brown. It should take around five minutes.
If you are using frozen dumplings, add water until it reaches half the height of dumplings, and put the lid over the pan. Let the water boil until it evaporates.
Boiling your dumplings is another way of reheating them. But this method is only effective when you have initially boiled them while cooking. Moreover, dumplings made with potato work well, but bread or flour dumplings will not work well. If you are using frozen dumplings, wait until the water comes to a boiling pot before you add the dumplings. Let the dumplings boil for 10 minutes, but you only need to boil for 5 to 6 minutes if the dumplings are thawed.
There you have it, some amazing ways to reheat dumplings. Make sure that you store properly and understand whether or not the method you choose is right for your dumplings.