Dumplings provide the most delicious, mouthwatering sensation ever. If you have the same appreciation for dumplings, you must have bought them several times. What happens if you purchase more than you can take down in a single instant?
There rises a challenge of the best way to store your dumplings without altering any single aspect. Although it would seem like a simple and straightforward task, there are wrong ways of storing and reheating dumplings. This article focuses mainly on guiding you through this process.
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Freezing Fresh Dumplings
You will require fresh dumplings for this process. You might choose to purchase the dumplings from a store nearby. However, you would have better results if you chose to cook them yourself. Alternatively, you can purchase uncooked ones from a trusted restaurant.
Place the dumplings on a baking sheet that has parchment paper-lined on top. You can choose to place the dumplings on an adequately sized plate. Sprinkle a layer of flour on the plate before you place them on it. You should then place the plate in the freezer without covering them and wait until they are frozen.
After 30 minutes of freezing, move the dumplings to an airtight bag, making sure to remove as much air as you can before sealing. You can store the dumplings in this state for two months.
Be careful of freezer burn, which occurs when the ice crystals turn to air. It is advisable to use zipper-lock bags, designed to prevent any movement of air into and out of the bag, preventing freezer burns.
It is possible to reheat dumplings. However, you can destroy the dumplings if you fail to reheat them in the right manner in many ways.
Dumplings are delicate and they can easily turn mushy or break if you handle them carelessly.
You have to reheat them while handling them gently. Do not recook them. Reheating would involve breathing the moisture and the freshness back while retaining the flavors. The most basic idea is that you can reheat the dumplings using the same method and process used to cook them in the first place.
The following sections will help you learn how to reheat dumplings without messing up their taste or flavor.
Reheating Fried Dumplings
The main tool you should have for this task is a large skillet. It should have a glass lid and a thick bottom. A thick bottom usually has even heat distribution, which is essential. The lid traps the steam and improves the distribution of heat on the dumplings.
You need to spread out the dumplings before you start. You can start by adding some water at the bottom of the skillet. Heat the water until it starts boiling then add the dumplings, after which you should cover using a lid. In case you do not have a lid, you can choose a plate or a similar pan.
Once the water evaporates completely, you can add some oil and re-fry the dumplings for a short while. Do not use excessive oil. A small amount of tasty sesame oil will work perfectly.
Reheating Steamed Dumplings
In case you are wondering how to reheat steamed dumplings, steaming is the best option. It is a gentle way that allows you to preserve the dumplings’ texture.
You can choose to use a bamboo steamer, as it has the best results. It absorbs moisture from steam and retains it, resulting in tasty and moist dumplings.
If you do not have a bamboo steamer, you can choose a metal colander placed on a pot with boiling water. You should make sure that you have a lid that fits securely.
Place a parchment paper at the bottom of your chosen steamer. Make sure to leave some space at the edges to allow penetration of steam.
Best Tools for Reheating Dumplings
An instant pot is the best way to reheat dumplings of any kind. It has a steaming function that provides perfect results. It also features a wide range of capabilities, including a keep-warm function that reheats dumplings gently.
You would have great results if you chose to reheat dumplings using a skillet and low heat. Add a small layer of water, and add some oil. Trap the steam and watch it closely as the water evaporates.
An oven would work well in reheating fried dumplings, but avoid using it on any other kind of dumplings.
Each type of dumpling has a specific reheating method that will maintain its texture and sweetness. Choose appropriately to avoid making things worse.
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