You can reheat garlic bread that is both whole and sliced.
Reheating garlic bread does not tend to change the or feel of it so don’t be afraid to reheat your leftovers, that’s if you have any!
Reheating garlic bread in the oven is the best way as it will restore the original texture of the bread, making it crispy.
It does take longer than the other methods, however.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and wrap the garlic bread in foil.
It doesn’t matter if the bread is whole or sliced.
Place this on a baking sheet and leave it in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
The time depends on the size of the bread.
Remove the garlic bread from the oven and check that it has heated through, if not, pop it back in for a few more minutes.
You can also sprinkle the bread with some water before placing it into the oven.
This helps to bring some softness to the texture of the bread.
If you do this, ensure the bread is loosely covered with the foil so it does not get too soggy.
Reheating the bread in the microwave is the quickest way but is best when you will be eating the bread straight away.
Once microwaved garlic bread starts cooling down, it can become very hard and even inedible.
You should ensure you only microwave sliced garlic bread for no more than 10 seconds.
Any longer and your bread will become too hard to eat.
If you can’t use your oven or microwave to reheat your garlic bread, you can actually use your stovetop!
This is best when you don’t want the bread to be very crispy.
If your garlic bread has been around for a couple days and has become a bit hard or dry, this method works great.
First, wrap the bread with foil then place it in a pot that comfortably fits the bread inside.
Add the lid and ensure it fits well so the bread heats up evenly and quickly.
Place the pot on the lowest heat as this will gently warm up the bread.
Keep the bread on the heat for about 5 minutes, or until it seems done.
The time will depend on how much bread there is and the size of it.
If the bread needs a little more time, pop the lid back on and leave it on the heat for a few more minutes.
Alternating the sides can help ensure it reheats evenly.
Do You Reheat Garlic Bread In The Bag?
When garlic bread is being reheated, it should only ever be covered in foil.
This is the safest and best way to reheat it.
If you have garlic bread leftover still in the bag, you can certainly store it in this bag however when it comes to reheating, it must be removed.
Warm garlic bread should also not be placed into a bag or plastic container, wait until it has cooled down before doing so, so as to avoid them melting.
Some methods such as frying do not need the garlic bread to be in any kind of bag of covering.
This method only works for slices of garlic bread and not loaves.
To reheat it on a pan, heat up a pan and add butter or oil if you want to make the garlic bread a little richer.
Place the slices in the pan and heat for around 2-3 minutes on each side.
How Do You Keep Garlic Bread Fresh After Cooking?
Keeping leftover garlic bread in the fridge is not the best way to keep it fresh.
Storing it in the fridge can actually cause it to become stale much quickly.
Instead, you should wait until the garlic bread has cooled down completely.
Then place it into your chosen container or bag, this could be cling film, foil, a plastic container or bag.
If garlic bread is not left to cool down completely before being placed into a storage container or bag, you run the risk of making it soggy.
Garlic bread cannot be stored for too long even at room temperature as it will become dry and stale.
It has to be covered correctly to retain its freshness even if stored for only a day or two.
If you are worried about sogginess, and are making your own garlic bread there are some things you can do to decrease the chances of it becoming soggy.
It is best to use a thin layer of garlic butter, to begin with.
Placing too much on the bread will cause it to become soggy very quickly and it will be much harder to store and keep fresh for longer.
The garlic bread should also be toasted quickly and at a high temperature when originally cooked.
This is because when toasted at a low temperature or for a long time, it is much more likely that the butter will melt and soak the bread before it is done cooking.
When cooking garlic bread, you want to warm the bread and toast the top a little so it becomes crispy.
Can you eat cooked garlic bread the next day?
A possible exception to this is garlic cheese bread.
Garlic cheese bread can be left out for around 2-4 hours but it is best not to place it in the fridge.
After around 4 hours garlic cheese bread should be discarded as by this point it has been warm enough for food-borne bacteria to grow.
This doesn’t mean that bacteria will definitely grow but that there is a potential of it growing.
If you have leftover garlic cheese bread it might be best to not store it overnight.
You should store your leftover plain garlic bread in a suitable covering or container such as foil or a plastic container.
It should be kept at room temperature.
If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze garlic bread.
Wrap your leftovers in a foil or plastic freezer bag, place it in a freezer bag and grab it when you need it.
Freezing garlic bread will preserve its quality and when reheated from frozen it will be heated to a crispy, soft, and garlicky bread.
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