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How many times have you popped your favorite leftover in the microwave, anticipating a fab do-over from last night’s dinner, only to wind up sad and disappointed? Dry, rubbery food makes for poor fodder, but these tricks will keep your meals tasting just like they did on Day 1.
Food that sits out on the counter for too long can start growing harmful bacteria, so fridge or freeze as soon as you can. (Find out how long leftovers keep here.) When you warm it up again, be sure to check the temperature. You’ll want to test it in a few places, because microwaves tend to leave cold spots. Be certain the thermometer reads 165º. An instant-read thermometer is perfect for this.