A biscuit is an American-style small, fluffy, savory quick bread commonly served with butter and jam or gravy. These mouthwatering little cakes are very similar to the famous British tea cake the Scone.
The American Biscuit isn’t as renowned as the Scone, but they are still delicious with jam or gravy, whichever you choose.
If you have some leftovers and want to reheat it, this article has multiple ways and other things to consider when reheating.
How to Reheat Biscuits in the Air fryer
Using the Air Fryer to reheat the biscuits is a straightforward process. The biggest mistake people make when reheating biscuits is to let them dry out.
This problem can easily be prevented when using the air fryer by giving the biscuit a light water spray on their surface and wrapping them in aluminum foil. This will give the surface a thin layer of moisture to prevent drying out, and the aluminum foil will help keep the water in.
Set your air fryer to a moderate 300 degrees Fahrenheit and allowed it to warm up. Place the foil-covered American biscuits into the air fryer and allow them to reheat for about 4 minutes. Once you think they are warm, remove them and check that they are warm in the center.
When hot, add your desired toppings and enjoy.
How to Reheat in the Oven
Using an oven to reheat your biscuits is probably one of the easiest ways to get your delicious treats hot and edible again.
Set your oven to a fan setting on medium heat of roughly around 300 degrees Fahrenheit and allow it to heat up. Place your biscuits on a lined baking tray.
You can use greaseproof baking paper or a gel mat, whichever is easiest for you, or you can also use baking spray if you have. Once the biscuits are on the tray with enough space around in between them, give them a spray of water to moisten them and place them in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes.
It’s essential to keep an eye on them as you don’t want them to burn. If your oven is an older model and you don’t have the fan setting, then check them every 3- minutes because they will burn faster than you think.
Once warmed thoroughly, cool slightly, cut open, and top with your choice topping.
How to Reheat on the Stove
Using the stove to reheat your biscuits is a versatile method because you can use a pan to toast or fry the biscuits, or you could also use a skillet grill on the stove plate to char the biscuits giving them a slightly smoky flavor.
Whichever you choose, the same process is required. Put your largest stove plate on medium to high heat. Allow the pan to warm slightly; if you are using a skillet, let it warm a bit more as you want to get that charred flavor.
Lightly butter the pan and place the halved biscuits into the pan or skillet. Keep an eye on them as they will warm quickly and burn if you don’t keep an eye on them. Turn them around, making sure all sides have been heated.
Remove from pan, place on the paper towel, and cool slightly. Apply a thick layer of butter and the topping of your choice.
How to Reheat in the Microwave
As with anything being reheated in the microwave, the most important thing is not to let the item you want to reheat dry out. This is especially important with American biscuits and any biscuit in general.
The microwave is by far the quickest way to reheat the biscuit, but with all the debates about whether they are safe machines to use, it’s up to you to decide. I don’t have an issue using one and love reheating my biscuits in them.
I sprinkle them with a dash of water and place them on a microwavable plate. I then set the microwave to a medium power 600W and warm for 1 minute.
Alternatively, you can put the biscuits in Tupperware and reheat using the same process without having to sprinkle with water. Both these methods will result in warm fluffy, reheated biscuits for you to enjoy.
How to Reheat in the Toaster
This is one of my best ways to reheat an American biscuit because I like them toasted. If you also want them toasted, then this is the way for you. It couldn’t be simpler to do; if you know how to make a piece of toast, then you know how to reheat biscuits in the toaster.
The only thing you need to do is make sure the biscuits are cut thin enough to fit them in the toaster slots. With the toaster set on a medium toast, drop them in and toast. Get your topping ready and enjoy.
How to Reheat on the Grill
This method is handy when you are out camping or outdoors somewhere and haven’t got access to any electricity. Take along a few frozen biscuits and allow them to defrost outside.
Once they are soft and defrosted, you can slice them in half and place them on your BBQ grid. Scratch a few coals from the fire and place them evenly spread out on the area you wish to cook on.
Carefully feel that the heat isn’t too hot; the general rule is that if you can count to ten with your hand over the coals, it will be perfect for toasting the biscuits. Place your grid with the biscuits on over the coals and begin to toast them.
Make sure you keep an eye on them as they will burn quickly, especially if the coals were on the hotter side. Once they are golden brown on one side, flip them and repeat the process for the other side.
When they are warm and toasted all-round, remove them from the grid and allow them to cool slightly. Add a thick slice of butter and your desired toppings.
Tips and Tricks When Reheating
Let’s go over the various tips and tricks to reheating American biscuits.
- Make sure the biscuits don’t dry out when reheating. A light spray of water can prevent this before you begin the reheating process. Whichever method you use, this will help.
- If using the air fryer, wrapping in aluminum foil will help. A tip is to make sure the shiny side is facing inwards when you wrap the biscuits. This can only be done with the air fryer and not with the microwave as you can’t put metal products in the microwave.
- Toasters are a great way to reheat biscuits, but make sure they are cut thin enough to avoid getting stuck in the toaster.
- Biscuits freeze very well, so make sure you freeze some for future enjoyment.
- The Grill method is excellent for the outdoors. Just ensure that the fire isn’t too hot as this will burn the biscuits very fast.
How to Store Biscuits Properly
Storing biscuits are a simple process, but if done incorrectly, they will dry out faster.
The first thing to get right is to cool them properly once they come out of the oven. Once they are cool, you can either place them in an airtight container or wrap them individually to freeze.
If you keep them in an airtight container like a cake tin, then you can comfortably eat them for a few days before they become too hard and dry.
It’s good to make a double batch and keep a few out to eat and freeze the rest in packs of 2-4 units per parcel. You can wrap them in plastic wrap then place them in a suitable freezer bag.
When you want to reheat them from the freezer, you can either allow them to defrost or put them straight as they are from the freezer into the microwave and heat them on a low heat 400W for 2 minutes.
From there, you can then reheat them your desired way, but you can generally keep heating them in the microwave or slice and pop them in the toaster.
To Sum up
There are a few essential things to remember. Don’t let the biscuits dry out as this will result in a tough, chewy biscuit that nobody will enjoy, and don’t leave the biscuits out of the airtight container for any extended days as this will also dry the biscuits out.
Remember to sprinkle with some water for most of the reheating processes. Whichever you choose is your desired reheating method; the temperature and setting may differ from machine to machine.
Once you have mastered your preferred technique of reheating with your specific piece of equipment, then you are all set to enjoy countless American biscuits.
Whether you like them with butter and jam or with gravy, this is a whole different discussion!