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If you have some leftover pie in the fridge and you’re not sure how best to reheat it or if you even should, here are a few tried and tested methods that will let you enjoy your two-day-old pie as if it is fresh from the oven.
While some people might enjoy a slice of cold pie, a warm pie, still steaming with fresh flavors hits on another level. Whatever kind of pie you have in your fridge can be heated up with any of the following methods.
How To Reheat Pie in the Oven
This is the best way to reheat your favorite pie. While the process can be a little time-consuming the pie you get is as good as new, warm, and toasty with no compromise on taste or texture.
- Take your pie out of the fridge and let it sit out till it reaches room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place your pie on a baking tray and cover with foil. This prevents the pie crust from browning. If you like a darker crust, leave the foil off.
- Heat your pie in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The timing depends on the size and number of slices of pie.
- Take it out of the oven and serve it hot.
The oven method works best when reheating pies. The pie, whether it is whole or a slice, heats up evenly. The biggest advantage is that the crust doesn’t get soggy or dry but remains the ideal texture.
Of course, the drawback is that the process does take a lot of time. The preheating and prepping work makes sense if you have a big portion of pie or a lot of slices, but it is a lot of effort for just one slice.
How To Reheat Pie in the Toaster Oven
The toaster oven method is pretty much the same as reheating pie in the oven. You get an evenly warmed crust and filling and a pie that tastes like it has just been baked.
- Bring your pie to room temperature.
- Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place your pie in a baking tray and cover with foil.
- Heat for 12-15 minutes.
The toaster oven is another easy way to reheat a pie, the best part is that it doesn’t change the taste or texture of the pie. Of course, like the oven, the toaster oven also requires some prep work and effort, but the result makes it worth it.
How To Reheat Pie in the Microwave
The microwave method is fast, efficient, and as easy as pie. The microwave is the easiest way to reheat pie if you have just a slice. It makes quick work of the process with satisfactory results.
- Place your slice of pie on a microwave-safe dish.
- Heat it in 30-second intervals till it reached the desired warmth.
- Let it sit for a minute before serving.
This is the fastest method if you want to reheat cold pie quickly. You pretty much have to pop it in the microwave and press the necessary buttons. Unfortunately, all this quickness comes with a few drawbacks. This method doesn’t heat the pie evenly, usually, the filling is piping hot while the crust tends to get soggy. The microwave also isn’t ideal when reheating a large portion of pie or multiple slices.
How To Reheat Pie in the Air Fryer
The air fryer has become the handiest kitchen appliance that allows you to try and reheat anything. A pie is one such thing that can be reheated in the air fryer.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F.
- Line your fryer basket and place the pie in it.
- Heat it for 3-5 minutes.
- Take it out and serve immediately.
The air fryer method is surprisingly efficient. It warms the pie well and the mess is limited and contained. The whole process is quick and pretty straightforward with not much prep. The downside is that your crust tends to get a little harder. While the filling gets warmed well, the crust is crisper than expected, which can be a good thing. Also, keep in mind that you cannot heat more than 2 slices of pie at a time; so, a whole pie will not be possible.
How To Reheat Pie in the Skillet
- Let the pie sit out and bring it down to room temperature.
- Heat a skillet over low to medium heat.
- Place your pie in the skillet and let it heat up.
- You can cover the skillet to speed up the process and allow a more even cook.
- It takes about 5 minutes to completely heat up.
- Take it off the heat and serve.
The skillet does deliver an unexpectedly satisfying result. It is faster than the air fryer but you have to take some extra care to ensure the crust doesn’t burn and that the filling doesn’t get too soft.
It is easy to burn the bottom of the pie in the skillet which is why 1. You have to reheat it only over low or medium heat and 2. Let the pie sit out to thaw first so that the pie heats up faster in the skillet reducing the risk of burning.
How long does pie last?
Pies don’t have a very long shelf life and need to be stored properly. If your pie contains dairy, then it needs to be refrigerated immediately. Wrap your pie in saran wrap and store it in the fridge. It will be good for about 5 days.
Leaving your pie out increases the chances of it spoiling and the onset of bacteria. Don’t leave your pie out for longer than 2 hours.
Some pies, like fruit pies and can be stored unrefrigerated for about 2 days. The sugar in pies acts as a preservative but the eggs and dairy are what shorten the shelf life.
Storing pies in the freezer allows them to last for about 6 months.
How to freeze and thaw pies?
If you are looking at increasing the shelf life of your baked pie, then freezing it is a great way to do it.
- To freeze your pie, first, wrap it tightly in saran or plastic wrap.
- Then place your wrapped pie in a freezer-safe container that is airtight.
- Place it in the coldest part of the freezer away from fluctuating temperatures.
- Your pie will be good in the freezer for 3-6 months.
- To reheat your pie, preheat your oven or toaster oven, and then reheat as per instructions. Do not thaw the pie first as it will get soggy.
- Frozen pies are also not ideal to be reheated in the microwave as the crust will get mushy.
- You can reheat frozen pies in the air fryer as it helps crisp up the crust.
- The skillet method takes too long on frozen pies and the pie will either be heated unevenly or burnt.