If you’re the type of person who has to do a lot of cooking and often ends up with some leftovers, you know how difficult it is to figure out what to do with them. One popular dish that many people enjoy making for dinner is pot roast. But how do you deal with leftovers? In this article, I will share the three most effective methods on how to reheat pot roast so that you can make the best out of your leftovers.
Can you reheat the pot roast? If so, how?
Yes, you can reheat the pot roast. The most interesting part is that there are several ways to do it. You can use an instant pot, a slow cooker, or a crockpot.
No matter the size of your kitchen, there’s always an excellent way to reheat pot roasts if you can prep them in the same kitchen.
How to reheat pot roast in an instant pot
The first way is to reheat it in an instant pot. This is a great option if you have a lot of pot roast leftovers, as the instant pot can hold a large amount.
The instant pot is also speedy and gives you the freedom of not having to babysit the roast as it warms up. Courtesy of the Keep Warm function, you can leave the food in there and eat it later.
To reheat it in an instant pot, follow these simple steps:
- Plug in your instant pot and press the “Sauté” button.
- Add some oil and the pot roast.
- Sauté for about five minutes until it has a nice brown color to it.
- Pour in some beef broth or water and stir.
- Secure the lid, make sure the valve is set to “Sealing” (valve aligned with the wavy lines).
- Adjust the pressure to high for twenty minutes using the “Manual” button.
- Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release unaided. This takes about 15 minutes
- Open the pot and stir. The pot roast should be nice and tender by now.
- Empty the pot roast into a platter. Serve while hot.
- You can also add carrots, potatoes, or celery to the pot roast while it’s reheating. This will improve flavor and texture.
- If you want to add more flavor to the roast, you can add some herbs like rosemary or thyme.
How to reheat pot roast in a slow cooker
The ultimate way to reheat pot roasts is in a slow cooker. After all, you well know how sweet slow cooker stews and roasts taste.
To warm the roasts, follow this procedure:
- Connect the slow cooker to the power outlet.
- Put your pot roast in the slow cooker and add beef broth so that the roast is submerged. You can optionally use water or red wine for zest in your reheated roasts. ___________________
- Set the slow cooker to low power, place the lid on and fire it up.
- Let the meal cook for between 3-4 hours.
- Once hated, strain the excess liquid and serve your roasts steaming hot!
- If you have a lot of leftover roasts, feel free to increase the water or broth proportion.
- You can speed up the process by setting the slow cooker to a high power level,but I recommend the low power setting as it will produce a more succulent pot roast.
- You can also add vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and celery to the pot roast. Doing so will give your roast a bit of flavor and texture.
How to reheat pot roast in a crockpot
The last way to reheat the pot roast is by using a crockpot. The crockpot is a trademark and the most popular slow cooker brand. This is why crackpots are now seen as essential in every kitchen.
If you have a crockpot, follow these simple steps to reheat your roast:
- Plug in your crockpot and set it to ‘Warm’ mode. Your model may also have the ‘Low’ setting instead.
- Transfer your roast into the crockpot and add half a cup of beef broth and another equal amount of water to hydrate the roast as it warms.
- Put the lid on the crockpot and let it reheat for about two hours.
- After 2-4 hours, check if the roast is heated through. If not, continue reheating in 15-30 minute increments.
- Once the roast is hot, remove it from the crockpot and serve.
- As with other reheating methods, you can also add veggies to the crockpot for a more flavorful reheated roast.
- You can also use the ‘High’ setting on your crockpot if you are in a hurry.
How to reheat pot roast and vegetables
If you want to reheat pot roast and vegetables together, there are a few ways to do it, but one method promises better results than all the rest.
Since you don’t want to cook your veggies in a lot of liquid, the best way to reheat pot roast and vegetables is to use a Dutch oven over the stovetop. This way, you know the flavors will blend nicely as they warm up together.
To reheat pot roast and vegetables, follow these simple steps:
- Turn the stove flame up to medium-high heat and place the Dutch oven over it.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to the pot.
- Place the roast and vegetables inside. If you want, you can also add beef broth to create some extra flavor in your reheated meal.
- Stir the pot every few minutes, ensuring all the contents are bubbling and heated through.
- When everything is hot, or after 15-20 minutes, remove from heat and serve.
- You can also add spices like rosemary or thyme to the pot roast for a more flavorful pot roast +veggies combo.
- If the vegetables are still a bit crunchy for your taste, you can cover the pot and let it sit over low heat until they reach the desired level of doneness.
Best way to reheat leftover pot roast
The best way to reheat leftover pot roast with a broth or lots of liquid is by using a slow cooker. This will ensure that the roast stays moist, flavorful, and not at all dry.
To reheat pot roast in a slow cooker, follow these simple steps:
- Place your pot roast and complete vegetables in a slow cooker.
- If you want to add some juice, feel free to use beef broth or red wine.
- You can also include complete spices like rosemary for an extra flavor kick! Set the slow cooker on ‘Low’ and go run errands as usual until it’s time to serve dinner.
- You can also add carrots and potatoes to the slow cooker for a more flavorful meal.
- If you’re pressed for time, set your crockpot on ‘High’ power level instead of the low mode. But remember, the slower it heats up, the better!
Can you freeze pot roast? If so, how?
Yes! You can freeze pot roast in two ways:
- Freeze the entire pot roast after it has been cooked. This will give you a solid block of meat that you can thaw and reheat as needed.
- Cut up the pot roast into smaller pieces before freezing. This will make reheating more practical without thawing the entire piece of meat.
You can freeze the pot roast together with the juices.
- Leave the roast in the juices to cool down to room temperature.
- Package the roast in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. If you can, vacuum seal the packages prior to freezing.
- Put a date label on the food package and then freeze.
How to store pot roast
If you don’t plan on eating your meal within those time limits, then freeze it instead by following the above steps
The ideal way to store pot roast for a few days or overnight is in the fridge in a sealed container, like an airtight Tupperware.
Make sure it’s tightly wrapped and placed in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Let the roast and the juices cool down on the counter before refrigerating.
- Fill the Tupperware container with roast and juices, if any.
- Seal tightly and store in your fridge for up to three days or overnight at most.
- Freeze instead of refrigerating if you want to keep it longer than that.
- You can also use a metallic container for storage so long as its lid can make an airtight seal through the storage period.
- Avoid wrapping the meat with cling film or foil.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can you freeze pot roasts?
Ideally, pot roasts can safelyfreeze for up to six months. Beyond that, the texture and taste will begin to deteriorate.
Can you reheat the pot roast in the oven? If so, how?
You can definitely reheat pot roast in an oven.
Just follow these simple steps:
- Set the conventional oven to 350 degrees F and turn it on to preheat.
- Place a tin foil on the counter and put the pot roast over it. Drizzle a little beef broth or red wine over it and wrap the foil around to contain the meat.
- Place the wrapped meat inside the oven, preferably on a middle rack where temperatures are moderate.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes, or till when the roast is heated through.
- Remove from oven and enjoy!
- How many times can you reheat pot roast?
Ideally, you can reheat your pot roast as many times as you wish, provided it exceeds an internal temperature of 165 degrees F every time you reheat. Nevertheless, the quality and especially taste and texture deteriorates with each reheating.
There you go- the three best ways to reheat pot roast! Follow these tips, and you’ll have a delicious, home-cooked meal in no time. And if you have reheated pot roast in other ways, just share the instructions in the comments section, so we can all enjoy it.