Hash browns, also known as hashed browns, are a popular breakfast dish, that consists of finely chopped potatoes that have been fried until browned. Hash browns are a popular breakfast dish that appear on breakfast menus in many restaurants. Also, making hash browns is a popular way to cook potatoes. They are deliciously crispy, and make good companions to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus they are easy to prepare ahead of time and freeze.
Defrosting your hash browns properly is important and adds a lot to the taste. Simply place your dish on a microwave safe and microwave for 30 seconds on a high setting. You can repeat that as many times as needed, but make sure that you defrost and not reheat them when defrosting your has browns. Another way to defrost your hash browns is letting them thaw outside the fridge. Just make sure that you prepare well in advance so that you set aside enough time.
The Oven Method
One of the most effective ways to warm up your hash browns is in the oven. The oven method ensures that your hash browns remain crispy and prevents your dish from becoming too oily which re-frying them might cause. However, you must be careful not to let your hash brown dry out. Follow these steps reheat your hash browns in the oven,
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit,
- Put your hash browns in an oven safe dish. Consider something flat as opposed to a bowl,
- Set your hash brown down one by one gently so that they don’t fall apart, and leave small gaps between each hash brown.
- Cover your hash brown with aluminium foil,
- Let your meal bake for 8 minutes or so,
- Take your hash browns out briefly, and remove the foil, and put your meal back in for 1-2 more minutes if it not warm enough,
- Serve when ready, and be gentle when you transfer your hash browns to your plate, as they will be prone to falling apart,
The Stovetop Method
Another effective method to warm up your hash browns is on the stovetop. The stovetop method is quick and also ensures that your meal remains crispy. The stovetop also ensures that your hash browns taste just as they did on day you prepared them. However, there is a risk that your dish may become soggy due to the extra oil, thus you need to be careful. Follow these steps to warm up your hash browns on the stove top.
- Pour a bit of oil onto a frying pan, it is best to use a non-stick pan,
- Carefully transfer your hash browns onto the frying pan, making sure that they don’t overlap.
- Do not use low heat when reheating your hash browns, instead use medium heat and fry them for a few minutes,
- After about 3 minutes or so, turn your hash browns once and keep frying them,
- Once you achieve the right colour and temperature for your meal turn off the heat,
- Server when ready and gently transfer your hash browns onto the plates. The hash browns may fall apart than those made in the oven,
The Microwave Method
Lastly, the microwave method is also effective when it comes to reheating hash browns. While the microwave is quick and efficient it is not the best method. However, if you are in a hurry, the microwave method comes in handy when it comes to reheating hash browns. Also, there are ways to make sure that your microwaved hash browns taste great after reheating them. Follow these steps to reheat your hash browns in the microwave.
- Put the hash browns side by side, in a single layer, on a microwave safe dish,
- Do not cover your hash brown with anything,
- Make sure that none of them are sticking out too far from the plate,
- Set your microwave to high, and reheat them for 60-seconds or so,
- Once that is done, flip your hash browns over and heat them for another 60-seconds,
- If your microwave is strong, you may need to adjust this to a 30-second run at first,
- Watch your hash browns carefully to make sure that they are not getting soggy. You can stop microwaving them when they are warm on both sides.
- Serve when ready.
The Advantages and Disadvantages to reheating up Hash Browns
Some of the advantages of reheating your hash browns include,
- Not having to waste and toss out extra food,
- You can create a simple make-ahead meal,
- The reheating process is incredibly simple,
- The hash brown flavour will be just as good in your reheated dish,
- You can enjoy your leftover hash browns or grab an on-the-go pre-made meal for any day and for any meal.
Some of the disadvantages of re-heating your hash brown include,
- Hash browns can become too soggy especially if they are not heated properly on the stovetop or microwave, and they can become dry if not properly heated in the oven,
- All types of food retain moisture so it is important to follow the correct procedures when reheating otherwise you may lose the texture and taste of your dish after you reheat it,
- Freezing your hash browns for too long may result in your food experiencing freezer burn,
Best Way To Store Hash browns
It is normal to make a little too much hash brows and end up keeping for reheating when you want to have them. Below are some tips for storing hash browns.
- Make sure that you let your hash brown cool before placing them in the fridge,
- It is never advisable to freeze uncooked potatoes,
- After cooking and shredding your has browns put them in a sealable bag and freeze them
- You can store them in the freezer for months,
- Keep in mind that food that has been put in the freezer for a very long time can loose its taste due to freezer burn.