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Aug 22, 2012 03:55 PM

best way to re-heat leftover Swedish meatballs?

They're about an inch and a half in diameter. I'm thinking in the oven on a sheet pan at a low temperature. (Like 200?) What do you think?

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  1. I think they'll dry out too much. I'd nuke them in the microwave. In batches if you have a lot to reheat. I reheat meatballs this way all the time. Either that or reheat them in sauce on the stovetop.

    1. I agree with Bacardi...I think the best thing to do is heat them stovetop in their sauce. I know it's not the same as warming up Italian meatballs (they have a lot more sauce), but I think heating them without sauce in the oven, even at a low heat will dry them out. Or, you could put the sauce and meatballs in the crockpot at low heat and let them heat up slowly.

        1. Just thinking out loud here, but is there any reason steaming wouldn't work? Swedish meatballs not being crispy as a rule, I can't really see a textural downside. And no need to commit to a sauce if you don't want it. I've never tried it, but I think now I will.

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          1. re: cayjohan

            Isn't steaming a much bigger PIA than nuking?

            1. re: Joebob

              There is that, but not too terribly much work, in all. I have not been overly impressed with my results using the microwave; a bit too much bounce, versus tenderness. I just as often just opt for the sauce method, but I personally always prefer Swedish meatballs unsauced, sauce on the side. I would imagine, too, that timing would be important; seems like something one could over-steam. I'm curious to give it a try now, really.

          2. Bring them to room temp, then put them in a sturdy Ziploc Bag, then bring a pot water to a low simmer and take it off the stove, drop in the Ziploc bag with the meatballs for about 1 minute. Voila. Reheated Swedish Meatballs.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Unless they're of a type specifically marked "safe for cooking", Ziploc bags shouldn't be used in either simmering water or in the microwave. I contacted the manufacturers of the major brands of these bags & was told "no" as far as using them for any sort of cooking. Storage purposes only.

              This was a hot topic back when everyone & his brother was using them to make "personal omelets".

              1. re: Bacardi1

                You're not cooking with it. Simply putting it in hot water for a minute or so. The occasional use ain't gonna kill you.

                You know all those people who cook with plastic spatulas or spoons? They must all be dead, I guess.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  "You know all those people who cook with plastic spatulas or spoons? They must all be dead, I guess."

                  Right because plastic cooking utensils are exactly the same as Ziploc bags, just different shapes. Thanks for your insight.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Look - do whatever the heck you want.

                      I'm just reiterating what both major-brand manufacturers (SC Johnson was one; I don't recall the other at the moment) wrote me in response to using their food-storage bags for ANY type of cooking. I was emphatically advised that the bags were not meant to be heated in any way; cold food storage only.

                      If you want to pooh-pooh the manufacturers' advice & cook in food storage bags - go to it. However, others here just might be interested in the information.