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Home Cooking

Reheating Cooked Foods to Extend Shelf Life

zackly | Jan 22, 201608:44 AM     25

I frequently re-heat cooked food that has been refrigerated to “sterilize” it in order to extend shelf life, do you? For example, I made a large batch of meatballs & tomato sauce a few weeks ago. They have been in my basement refrigerator that is seldom opened. I checked on them today and they seemed fine but I wanted to extend their shelf life so I’m now heating them in a slow cooker. I frequently reheat sauces this way too. I have a brown sauce in my refrigerator that I’ve been using for @ least three months. It started out as a crock pot braised chuck roast gravy. I cook a lot of beef sous vide so I add the purged liquid from the cooking bag into this sauce, bring to a boil and thicken if necessary. This sauce is so rich with flavor now you could drink it with a straw. I also renew tomato sauce this way.

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