How to Reheat French Toast – The Best Ways

If you tend to overdo it when making French toast and end up with more pieces than you can eat, then you probably end up with quite a lot of leftovers.

The good news is that instead of throwing it away, you can store the leftover French toast in the fridge for a few days or freeze it and enjoy it weeks or months later.

Read on to find out how to store the French toast so that it remains as delicious as when you first made it and so that it is safe to serve and eat.

Also included are the four best methods for reheating refrigerated or frozen French toast.

What is the Best Way for Freezing French Toast?

If you plan on eating the leftover French toast in the next 1-2 days, then you can safely store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

But if you have a lot of French toast leftover and want to save it for future consumption, it is better to freeze it.

There are two suitable methods for freezing the French toast: cooked or prepped for cooking.

For the first method, you should cook the French toast as you would typically do. Once it has cooled down completely, place some wax paper between each piece of toast on the pile. This will prevent them from sticking together and will allow you to take out as many pieces of French toast you need at a time from the freezer. Then wrap the stack tightly in a freezer bag or in foil, or first wrap it in foil and then place it in the zip lock bag.

The French toast will remain good to eat for about two months when it is stored this way.

Another method is to freeze the bread and batter before cooking the French toast. To do so, dip and soak the chosen bread in the batter. Once you are done, lay the soaked pieces on a greased or lined baking sheet and flash freeze them in the freezer. Once they are solid, you can transfer the slices into an airtight container or freezer bag.

But now that you know how to freeze and preserve French toast for future consumption, you may be wondering what the best way is to reheat it, so it is crisp on the outside and nice and moist inside.

Most reheating methods will allow you to take the French toast straight out of the freezer and reheat it directly. But if you will be using a skillet or a toaster, you will need to thaw the toast first.

The best way to thaw it is to let it defrost in the container in the refrigerator overnight.

Leaving the frozen French toast overnight at room temperature can be unsafe. The safety guides are to leave food out at room temperature for only up to two hours. After that, the harmful bacteria will start to grow. This will lead to spoilage, and the food may become harmful or dangerous to eat.

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Here are the top recommended methods for reheating French toast

Reheating the French Toast Using an Oven

This is the best method for reheating cooked frozen or refrigerated French toast if you will be serving large batches to your family or friends.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In the meantime, grease a baking sheet and lay the pieces of toast on it without touching each other. Leave a space of about ½ inch in between them.

Keep a close eye on the French toast while it is reheated in the oven, and flip the slices over when the sides turn crispy and nice.

If you put it frozen in the oven, it will need about 3-4 minutes per side to be reheated.

If the French toast is thawed or has been refrigerated, it will need half the time to be reheated.

For the best results and for crispy French toast, we recommend using a convection oven.

The downside of the oven method is that it can take some time for your oven to preheat to 400 degrees.

Reheating the French Toast Using a Toaster

If the defrosted French toast is firm and doesn’t crumble, you can reheat it in a toaster. Set the toaster to medium-low heat, and pop the French toast in.

With this method, you can control the reheating and crispiness of each slice easily.

Make sure to clean out the toaster’s crumb tray after using it for reheating French toast because it may be quite messy from the sugary bread.

The downside is that you will be able to reheat only two or just a few slices of toast at a time when using a regular toaster.

If you have a toaster oven, you can use it instead and still end up with crispy and delicious French toast, which is moist inside.

You should monitor the toast closely to avoid overcooking or burning it when using the toaster or toaster oven method.

Reheating the French Toast Using a Stovetop

Using a skillet or griddle and a stovetop is one of the best methods for reheating frozen or refrigerated French toast. The reason is that this is the original way used for preparing the French toast.

To use this method, you need to make sure that the French toast has thawed completely. This will ensure that it heats up evenly without any cold or hot spots.

Grease the griddle or skillet with some cooking spray. Place the slices of French toast in it and turn the heat on to medium-high.

Usually, the French toast will need only 1-2 minutes per side to be reheated on the stovetop. Flip the toast and reheat the other side. Then remove the slices and serve them.

In case the reheated French toast looks and feels a little soggy after the reheating, you can turn the heat up to high, add some butter in the pan and proceed to crisp the slices on each side.

Be careful not to overheat the French toast, as this will make it dry and unpalatable, and be careful not to burn it altogether when using the stovetop reheating method.

Reheating the French Toast Using a Microwave

If you are in a hurry and need to get breakfast ready in minutes, you can reheat the French toast in the microwave.

Place two or more slices in a microwave-safe plate, and cook it at high temperature for just 30 seconds. Cooking them longer can make them chewy or dry.

If the French toast is still frozen, you can lay it on top of a microwave-safe paper towel. This will help absorb the excess moisture.

The downside of this method is that the French toast will not end up crispy on the outside.

Still, it will taste great, especially when you add the butter or other toppings of your choice on the piping hot toast.

Once they have cooled down, you can serve them and can be pretty sure that everyone will enjoy the mouthwatering breakfast!

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