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How to reheat waffles (Just like it’s freshly made!)

No breakfast (or dinner) is boring when some crispy and buttery on the outside, fluffy on the inside – homemade waffles – are being served at the table! You probably find them a bit bland at times, but waffles are versatile and can be mixed up with some of the most delicious toppings

There are moments in life in which we tend to make more than we can eat in a day. Consequently, we end up having leftovers and worry about what to do with the food. 

I’ve experienced this multiple times with my waffles. If you’re like me, then let’s tread this reheating journey together! In this trip, you’ll be able to unlock some of the cleverest tricks and tips on warming up this breakfast staple.

Can you reheat waffles?

As long as you properly store your waffles or don’t let them sit out at room temperature for more than two hours, reheating them is possible. 

Keep in mind, too, that bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. As it is, consider the food quality before reheating them. 

Also, ensure to store the waffles in an airtight container at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge to reduce its spoilage.

How to reheat waffles

There are three ways to reheat waffles– in a microwave, in an oven, or in a toaster. Whichever method you choose to follow depends on your personal preference. 

Ultimately, I’d recommend reheating them in the oven or toaster if you want to end up with crispy and yummy waffles.

How to reheat waffles in the toaster

If you want to bring back that crispiness on the outside and softness on the inside to your waffles, then you should reheat them in the toaster! 

This sleek device gives your refrigerated waffles that extra crunch and heavenly crispiness like they’re freshly made. Here’s how to do it.

    1. Put the stored waffles in the toaster.
    2. Reheat them for a minute. Make sure they’re reheated through.
    3. Once the waffles are nicely crisped, remove them from the device.

Quick tip: Ensure the slots on your toaster are wide enough to accommodate your waffles.

How to reheat waffles in the microwave

The microwave method is ideal for those people who are in a hurry. However, it isn’t the best warming technique, especially for a larger family. This is especially true as you can only reheat one waffle at a time in the microwave.

    1. Put a refrigerated waffle in the microwave.
    2. Heat it for a minute.
    3. Check the waffle if they’re reheated through. If not, place it back into the device for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until warmed through.

How to reheat waffles in the oven

It’s possible to reheat waffles in the oven, and this method is fit for those who are planning to warm up a few waffles at the same time. You can place either frozen or refrigerated waffles in the oven, but frozen ones need to be reheated a little bit longer. 

Here’s how to do it.

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
    3. Place the waffles on the baking sheet.
    4. Bake them for 10 minutes until they’re crispy or warmed through.

How to reheat frozen waffles

You can warm your frozen waffles up using the niftiest reheating methods above. But for the best result, I recommend reheating them in your toaster. 

Unlike the refrigerated waffles, frozen ones require being reheated a little longer until they’re nicely crisped. Please don’t leave the waffles in the toaster for too long, or else they’ll become dry and oddly chewy.  

Moreover, if you plan to warm up a larger batch of waffles, I suggest reheating them in the oven instead of using your toaster. Just make sure to coat the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray before placing your frozen waffles. Then bake for around 15 minutes until they’re crispy.

How to freeze waffles

If you accidentally made a large batch of waffles and ended up with a few leftovers, try to freeze or store them so you can enjoy these treats whenever you want! The goal is to retain the best texture and flavor of the waffles. If it’s your first time, no worries! I’ve got you covered!

Below, we’ll go through the step-by-step instructions to freezing waffles the right way.

  1. Place the cooked or leftover waffles on a cooling rack and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  2. Put them on a baking sheet with wax paper.
  3. Cover the baking sheet with another wax paper, then slide it into the freezer until the waffles are entirely frozen.
  4. Remove the baking sheet and transfer the frozen waffles into a plastic freezer bag. Make sure to use a square of wax paper to separate them from each other or to avoid the waffles from sticking together.
  5. Squeeze out as much air as possible and make sure the bag is properly sealed.
  6. Label the bags with the date, then place the waffles in the freezer.

When properly stored, your waffles will maintain their best quality for up to two months.

Can you make waffles crispy again?

Why, yes! With the use of the right reheating method, you can make your waffles crispy again. I suggest warming your waffles up straight from the freezer or fridge using your toaster. If you have a large crowd to feed, you better preheat that oven first!

Just remember that the reheating time of frozen and refrigerated waffles is different. In most cases, the former requires to be reheated a little bit longer than the latter.

The bottom line

Whether it’s in the microwave, toaster, or oven, there are many ways in which you can warm up waffles. 

I hope this guide is informative enough to convince you not to throw those leftover waffles you have during your last breakfast meal and consider them to be reheated later. 

Among the three reheating methods, which one’s your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

How to reheat waffles

How to reheat waffles

Here’s how to reheat your favorite breakfast staple using the oven method.

Ingredients

  • Baking sheet
  • Stored waffles
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. Place the waffles on the baking sheet. 
  4. Bake them for 10 minutes until they're crispy or warmed through.

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