How to Keep Food Warm Without Drying It Out

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Maintain your food's temperature without removing its moisture.
Maintain your food's temperature without removing its moisture. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Food right out of the oven tastes the best, but if you have leftovers they'll need to remain at a certain temperature to retain their flavor. While keeping food in an oven maintains the temperature, the food's moisture is lost in the process, which dries out meats and creates a rough texture. The key to keeping your food moist and warm is a combination of low temperatures and common kitchen items.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Heating pad
  • Paper towel
  • Vegetable or chicken broth

Reduce the oven temperature. A heated oven with a temperature between 200 to 250 degrees provides warmth for your food but is not high enough to dry out the food.

Use a heating pad underneath the food's dish. Heating pads, which are found in the health section of drugstores and grocery stores, supply adjustable heat without removing the food's natural juices. Set the heating pad to level 6 or 7, depending on the amount of heat you wish to use for the food.

Wet a paper towel with water and cover your food with the paper towel. Microwave the food for one to two minutes, and remove the paper towel. The moisture from the paper towel is absorbed into the food, which maintains the food's tenderness while reheating.

Heat up chicken or vegetable broth as directed on the package, and drizzle your food with the broth to maintain the food's moisture.

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