Degree of Doneness: The Best Way on How to Reheat Roast Beef

If you don’t have any idea on how to reheat roast beef, you have to read this article and learn the process here. And take note that the degree of doneness plays a crucial role in the process.

Are you familiar with roast beef? Well, most of us indeed love roast beef as it serves as a treat that you will enjoy especially during a dinner with your family. Unfortunately, there are cases that we can cook more of this dish so leftovers aren’t new at all. But worry not! You can definitely enjoy this dish the next day, and you only need to learn how to reheat roast beef.

So, continue reading as I will teach you the proper ways of reheating roast beef based on its degree of doneness at the same time retaining both its flavors and texture.

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Roast Beef: Degree of Doneness

First, let us identify the degree of doneness of the said dish. Why? Well, this said extent of doneness plays a great role in order to determine the reheating method you should use.There are five types of done roast beef, and they are the following:

Roast Beef

RARE

This could be easily identified due to its cool red center.

MEDIUM-RARE

This one has a warm red center.

MEDIUM

Once the food item already has a warm pink center, it is already to this degree.

MEDIUM WELL-DONE

This one has its pinkish middle.

WELL-DONE

And finally, in this extent it would only have a tiny pink onto it or none at all.

You have to determine the degree of doneness of the roast beef since the more that it is done, the easier that it will be reheated. I will discuss the reheating process below whatever doneness preference you have.

How to Reheat Roast Beef Based on its Degree of Doneness?

Here, we will be discussing the different methods on how to reheat roast beef based on its level of doneness, from the rare to well-done roast beef.

Reheating a Rare Roast Beef

It might be a bit tricky to reheat a rare roast beef. But don’t fret as you can follow this guide to reheat it without compromising anything:

Rare Roasted Beef

Rare Roasted Beef

  • Take out the roast beef from the fridge or the freezer and wrap it in the foil once you haven’t done this yet.
  • Put the foil wrapped food in the metal bowl or to any oven or microwave safe bowl.
  • Fill the pot half way with water then bring to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Put the bowl in the pot having the roast beef in. You have to ensure that the water doesn’t get into the bowl. If needed, you have to reduce some water.
  • Cover the pot then leave for around 5 to 10 minutes for a refrigerated roast beef or up to 2 minutes once frozen.

Through this method, it will bring back the heat to the roast beef. However, it wouldn’t generate enough heat to cook it a lot further, either outside or inside.

Reheating a Medium-Rare Roast Beef

In this method, the same process of reheating the roast beef in this level could be considered, or you might try the use of oven or microwave method. Please be guided by the following:

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take out the roast beef from the fridge or freezer and wrap in a foil once you haven’t done this yet.
  • Put this foil wrapped roast beef on a baking tray then put inside the oven. Take note that the oven must no longer be on at this moment.

You might need the heat which has been already generated but not cooks it further. Only leave the roast beef in the oven for around 10 minutes once chilled or if frozen leave it for about 20 minutes.

Sliced delicious roast beef medium rare on wooden cutting board fork and table knife closeup

Sliced delicious roast beef medium rare on wooden cutting board fork and table knife closeup

Microwave Method

If you reheat food in a microwave, it could leave it tasting a bit dry so you might need to consider the lowest heat settings as possible. Follow this:

  • Remove foil, if there’s any. This foil could lead the microwave to break.
  • Put the roast beef with all the juices in the microwave free bowl or plate.
  • Once frozen, use the defrost settings then set it to 10 minutes.
  • But if roast beef is chilled, you have to set to low settings and adjust the timer to 4 minutes. If there are no low settings, you might as well use the medium low settings or whatever is the lowest setting that you have. Set the timer to 3 minutes.

But, take note! You shouldn’t set higher settings or else you will end up cooking the meat more than the medium rare that you aim for. Bear in mind that the heat of the microwave is from the inside then outwards. Or to make things simpler, the inside of the food gets heated first before the outer part.

Reheating the Medium Roast Beef

And again, reheating a medium roast beef is same with reheating the medium rare one, however, since the inside is considered to be slightly more cooked, you would have a bit more leeway with regards to the heat settings.

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. There is an increase in the temperature compared to reheating the medium-rare roast beef.
  • You need to take out the roast beef from the fridge or freezer, but you aren’t required to wrap them.
  • And finally, reheat in the oven for around 3 to 5 minutes once chilled and 8 minutes once frozen.
Medium Roasted Beef

Medium Roasted Beef

Microwave Method

  • Remove any foil from the roast beef.
  • Put the medium roast beef with all the juices in the microwave safe bowl or plate.
  • If the food is chilled, the temperature should be set in high, and the timer must be set in two minutes.
  • But, if it is frozen, utilize the defrost settings and set to 5 minutes. Change the settings to high then cook for 2 minutes.

Reheating the Medium Well-Done Roast Beef

You might want to cook your roast beef in this level in higher temperature in less time as you reheat it. With this, you wouldn’t be drying the beef, and you will cook it further inside too. Just please follow the steps below:

  • It is recommended that you defrost the roast beef by keeping it in the fridge and not in the freezer a night before or before reheating them the next day.
  • Then, remove the foil from the food.
  • Put the medium roast beef with all the juices in the microwavable bowl or plate. And set the temperature to high and the timer to three minutes.
mediumwell roast beef via Certified angus beef

Mediumwell roast beef via Certified angus beef

If you are to use an oven in this method, here’s what you need to follow:

  • Defrost the frozen roast beef in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You have to make sure that the roast beef is in foil.
  • And reheat in the oven for around 3 to 5 minutes.

Reheating the Well-Done Roast Beef

There could be three ways on how to reheat roast beef in well-done degree. And these three options could indeed keep the 90% quality of the tastes.

Welldone Roast Beef via Livestrong

Welldone Roast Beef via Livestrong

Air Fryer Method

Though a bit of an investment, you will definitely get the best value with an air fryer. You have to make sure that you get one having a capacity for every high heat because some models might lack in that area. Now, here’s the process on how to reheat using an air fryer:

  • Preheat the airfryer to 390F.
  • Add a spoonful of any preferred oil and even spread it on the bottom of the air fryer.
  • Remove the well-done roast beef right from the foil and put it in the air fryer.
  • And finally, cook it for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Oven Method

  • Defrost the roast beef in the fridge if frozen.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Take out the roast beef from the refrigerator or freezer. It is also not required to wrap the well-done roast beef.
  • And now, reheat in the oven within 3 to 5 minutes if chilled but 8 minutes once frozen.

Microwave Method

  • If frozen, defrost the roast beef in the fridge. You might also leave it to defrost on the counter but must not be more than an hour.
  • Unwrap the roast beef from the foil.
  • Put the roast beef with all the juices in microwaveable bowl or plate.
  • Set the timer for two minutes then change the settings to high.

There you have it! Indeed, you have many different ways on how to reheat roast beef regardless of the doneness preference.

Final Thoughts

So, no worry if you have leftovers of roast beefs as you can always reheat them the next day and still enjoy its flavor and taste. With the given reheating methods, whatever degree of doneness your roast beef is, you can definitely reheat it properly. If you want to learn how to reheat meat without having to ruin everything, watch this!

I hope this article is useful on your part. For your suggestions or comments, please leave your thoughts below!

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Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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