Toddlers can be a demanding bunch, especially at dinner time. Texture, taste and temperature are potential deal-breakers. Defrosting and reheating your Little Dish correctly will help to ensure that everyone enjoys dinner time. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Little Dish meals come fully cooked and frozen. You can either defrost them in the fridge then reheat them or simply reheat straight from frozen. Always make sure you reheat to piping hot and let the food cool before you serve it to your toddler or child. Reheating should be done gently and over time to maintain the texture and nutrients.
Microwave defrosting and/or reheating is the most versatile way to warm up your Little Dish. Your microwave can do anything but put a crispy crust on your toddler food.
A common mistake is to microwave food on the highest setting for the shortest time possible. This often makes the food dry on the outside and cold on the inside. For a good result, frozen foods need a more gentle power setting (medium or 600 watts) and a stir of the contents. Play around with your microwave and find the right function to reheat toddler meals and you will get fast and consistent results time after time.
First, take your meal out of the vacuum pouch and place it into a microwavable container. All suggested reheating times below assume a gentle heat (600 watts, medium-low power).
Oven reheating is a good option for the Little and Big Lasagne if they are defrosted. It ensures a crispy crust just like when I first cooked it. Ensure the lasagne is 100% defrosted – defrost for 24-30hrs in the fridge. For a Big Lasagne pre-heat the oven to 150°C and fan bake for 20 minutes. Little Lasagnes should be done in half that time.
Reheating in a pot:
Reheating in a pot is a great option for warming up multiple meals or when you don’t have a microwave at hand. It is not ideal for the lasagne.
Simply bring a large pot of water (twice as much as required to cover your meal) to a simmer. Add the vacuum pack pouches (defrosted or frozen) and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes. (Take care to simmer, not boil, the water to ensure the pouches stay intact.) You can put in as many meals as you like and it will take the same amount of time – just make sure you have a big enough pot and enough water. Ensure the contents are piping hot when they come out.