2 Smart Ways On How To Reheat Roast Beef Without Drying It Out

Do you have a lot of leftover roast beef from your last night’s cooking? What if I tell you that you can revive them to their former glory? Continue reading as I show you how to reheat roast beef without drying it out.

​I always make roast beef at home because it’s a favorite dish of my family. However, I get overwhelmed sometimes and cook more than I should, ending with too many leftovers in the fridge.

After some research and experiments, I might have finally found the perfect ways on how to revive the tenderness of your leftover roast beef.​

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​What You’ll Need

  • Leftover roast beef
  • Pan juices from the roast

If you have already planned to reheat the leftover roast the following day, make sure that you store them right away in the refrigerator. Don’t leave them at room temperature for over two hours because bacteria can grow quickly.

You can store the leftovers in an airtight container, a heavy-duty freezer bag, or an aluminum foil. Slice the roast beef into thin slices before reheating them in any method you choose.​

For Option 1: Reheating Roast Beef the Sous Vide Way

Skillet

how-to-reheat-roast-skillet

You may need a skillet to finalize the step of reheating the leftover roast beef in a hot pot of water. You need to pan sear the leftover roast, so using a skillet is essential.

You can use any skillet you have at home, but a nonstick pan may be more desirable since you reduce the risk of burning your food.


Large Pot

You may use any pot you have at home as long as it’s large enough to reheat your whole batch of leftover roast beef. I usually use a stainless steel stock pot, just like this , because it is highly compatible to induction stovetop cooking. It also has a clear lid with which you can view the food clearly while it’s cooking.

Together with the large pot, you can create your own version of sous vide cooking technique in warming cold food.


Water

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-water

This ingredient is readily available at home. You can use tap water from your kitchen faucet. Just make sure that it’s clean and free from bacteria. Together with the large pot, you can create your own version of sous vide cooking technique in warming cold food.


Digital cooking thermometer

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-thermometer

A cooking thermometer is needed in this process because it will tell you the temperature of the water. If you have no cooking thermometer at home, you may consider buying this one. It has an LCD display which shows accurate temperature reading​


Sous vide bags

If you’re concerned over the safety of plastics when heated, then you may need a specialized bag for sous vide cooking. Usually, sous vide bag is BPA-free and resistant to high temperature. If you’re planning to buy one, you may consider this.


Ziplock-style bag

Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty Ziploc freezer bag to contain your leftover roast. It is durable enough to endure heat up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit or 70 degrees Celsius.

Optional Item

Binder clips

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-binder-clip

If you don’t like the hassle of securing the edge of the freezer bag with the lid of the pot, you may use some binder clips. You can clip the top of the freezer bag into the round edge of the pot. A large binder clip will be enough to hold the bag securely in place.

​For Option 2: Reheating Roast Beef with Lettuce in the Oven

Aluminum foil

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-foil

​You may need a heavy duty aluminum foil to wrap the leftover roast beef while it reheats in the oven. Cut the size of the aluminum foil according to the bulk of your leftover roast. Make sure that you can cover the whole leftover roast with the aluminum foil.


Lettuce

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-lecttuce

Traditional steakhouses usually use lettuce leaves in reheating the meat. The moisture from the lettuce will allow the beef to retain its pink or red color. You’ll be using the lettuce to wrap the leftover roast beef. Make sure that you wash the lettuce leaves properly before you use them.​


Baking dish

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-baking-dish

A large baking dish is desired to reheat a large batch of leftover roast beef. Choose an oven-safe dish so that your dinnerware will not break with the extreme heat in the oven. If you have no oven-safe baking dish at home, you may buy this one.


Cookie sheet

If you have a cookie sheet home, you may use it as an alternative for an oven-safe baking dish. Just make sure that the size is adequate to contain your bulk of leftover roast beef.


Step-by-Step Instructions

Option 1: Reheating Roast Beef the Sous Vide Way

Have you ever heard of the sous vide cooking technique? As complicated as it sounds, the method is actually very simple. You just need to reheat the food in hot water. The beauty of it is you can’t overcook the leftover roast beef because you can control the temperature up to a degree.

Since buying authentic sous vide equipment is very expensive, I use a hot pot of water and a thermometer instead.

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4
  • STEP 5

Place the bag in the water

You may use the lid of the pot to secure the opening of the bag over its side. You can also use a clip to secure the bag over the side of the pot. Just make sure that the whole meat is submerged into the water. Stir and monitor the temperature occasionally.

Option 2: Reheating Roast Beef with Lettuce in the Oven

​If you don’t like the hassle of using a hot pot of water, you may use your oven instead. Just don’t forget the lettuce leaves.

  • STEP 1
  • STEP 2
  • STEP 3
  • STEP 4
  • STEP 5
  • STEP 6

1. Fit the aluminum sheet in the baking dish

Lay the aluminum foil into the baking dish and press each corner to fit the whole base. Make sure that you extend the length of the foil over the two sides of the baking dish so you can wrap the leftover roast completely.

Additional Pro Tips from the Experts

1. Don’t overcrowd the plastic bag

When reheating the leftover roast beef the sous vide way, avoid overcrowding the Ziploc bag or the sous vide bag. According to ChefSteps allow a little room for the meat to move around the bag. This will prevent the meat from merging together awkwardly. It also helps keep the nice edges of your meat.​

2. Remove the meat when temperature reaches 155-160 degrees Fahrenh

If you don’t like to overcook your leftover roast beef, Leaftv suggests removing the meat when the temperature reaches between 155-160 degrees Fahrenheit. In all circumstances, the leftover meat should be warmed until the internal temperature gets to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. When you remove the meat from the heat source, the temperature of the meat keeps increasing until it reaches the desired internal temperature.

​Final Thought

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-medium

Did you have fun learning about the ways on how to reheat roast beef from your last night’s meal? This tutorial was significant to me because I want no food to go to waste. Just like me, you can transform your cold leftover roast back into its original taste.

If you like to try doing the sous vide method, you may consider buying these- large pot; thermometer; sous vide bags or ziploc bags. You may also consider buying this baking dish for oven cooking.

Share your ideas or questions in the comments section below. Share this knowledge by sharing this article on your social media.​

 

Skillet

how-to-reheat-roast-skillet

You may need a skillet to finalize the step of reheating the leftover roast beef in a hot pot of water. You need to pan sear the leftover roast, so using a skillet is essential.

You can use any skillet you have at home, but a nonstick pan may be more desirable since you reduce the risk of burning your food.

Large pot

 

You may use any pot you have at home as long as it’s large enough to reheat your whole batch of leftover roast beef. I usually use a stainless steel stock pot, just like this , because it is highly compatible to induction stovetop cooking. It also has a clear lid with which you can view the food clearly while it’s cooking.

Water

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-water

This ingredient is readily available at home. You can use tap water from your kitchen faucet. Just make sure that it’s clean and free from bacteria.

Together with the large pot, you can create your own version of sous vide cooking technique in warming cold food.

Digital cooking thermometer

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-thermometer

A cooking thermometer is needed in this process because it will tell you the temperature of the water. If you have no cooking thermometer at home, you may consider buying this one. It has an LCD display which shows accurate temperature readings.

Sous vide bags

If you’re concerned over the safety of plastics when heated, then you may need a specialized bag for sous vide cooking. Usually, sous vide bag is BPA-free and resistant to high temperature. If you’re planning to buy one, you may consider this.

Ziplock-style bags

Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty Ziploc freezer bag  to contain your leftover roast. It is durable enough to endure heat up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit or 70 degrees Celsius.

Optional Item

Binder clips

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-binder-clip

If you don’t like the hassle of securing the edge of the freezer bag with the lid of the pot, you may use some binder clips.

You can clip the top of the freezer bag into the round edge of the pot. A large binder clip will be enough to hold the bag securely in place.

For Option 2: Reheating Roast Beef with Lettuce in the Oven

Aluminum foil

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-foil

You may need a heavy duty aluminum foil to wrap the leftover roast beef while it reheats in the oven.

Cut the size of the aluminum foil according to the bulk of your leftover roast. Make sure that you can cover the whole leftover roast with the aluminum foil.

Lettuce

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-lecttuce

Traditional steakhouses usually use lettuce leaves in reheating the meat. The moisture from the lettuce will allow the beef to retain its pink or red color.

You’ll be using the lettuce to wrap the leftover roast beef. Make sure that you wash the lettuce leaves properly before you use them.

Baking dish

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-baking-dish

A large baking dish is desired to reheat a large batch of leftover roast beef. Choose an oven-safe dish so that your dinnerware will not break with the extreme heat in the oven. If you have no oven-safe baking dish at home, you may buy this one.

Cookie sheet

If you have a cookie sheet home, you may use it as an alternative for an oven-safe baking dish. Just make sure that the size is adequate to contain your bulk of leftover roast beef.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Option 1: Reheating Roast Beef the Sous Vide Way

Have you ever heard of the sous vide cooking technique? As complicated as it sounds, the method is actually very simple. You just need to reheat the food in hot water. The beauty of it is you can’t overcook the leftover roast beef because you can control the temperature up to a degree.

Since buying authentic sous vide equipment is very expensive, I use a hot pot of water and a thermometer instead.

Fill and heat up the pot of water

Pour water into the pot. Mount a thermometer to determine the right temperature of the water.  You can watch this to see how you can mount your thermometer properly into the pot.

Heat the pot of water until it reaches your desired cooking temperature. If you like it medium rare, you can aim for 53-55 degrees Celsius. Select a burner setting that keeps your desired temperature.

Option 2: Reheating Roast Beef with Lettuce in the Oven

If you don’t like the hassle of using a hot pot of water, you may use your oven instead. Just don’t forget the lettuce leaves.

Fit the aluminum sheet in the baking dish

Lay the aluminum foil into the baking dish and press each corner to fit the whole base. Make sure that you extend the length of the foil over the two sides of the baking dish so you can wrap the leftover roast completely.

Additional Pro Tips from the Experts

Don’t overcrowd the plastic bag

When reheating the leftover roast beef the sous vide way, avoid overcrowding the Ziploc bag or the sous vide bag.

According to ChefSteps allow a little room for the meat to move around the bag. This will prevent the meat from merging together awkwardly. It also helps keep the nice edges of your meat.

Remove the meat when temperature reaches 155-160 degrees Fahrenheit

If you don’t like to overcook your leftover roast beef, Leaftv suggests removing the meat when the temperature reaches between 155-160 degrees Fahrenheit.

In all circumstances, the leftover meat should be warmed until the internal temperature gets to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you remove the meat from the heat source, the temperature of the meat keeps increasing until it reaches the desired internal temperature.

Final Thought

how-to-reheat-roast-beef-medium

Did you have fun learning about the ways on how to reheat roast beef from your last night’s meal?

This tutorial was significant to me because I want no food to go to waste. Just like me, you can transform your cold leftover roast back into its original taste.

If you like to try doing the sous vide method, you may consider buying these- large pot; thermometer ; sous vide bags or ziploc bags. You may also consider buying this baking dish for oven cooking.

Share your ideas or questions in the comments section below. Share this knowledge by sharing this article on your social media.

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