Fufu is a favorite dish to many West Africans, yet there are controversies about reheating it. Many people prefer to eat it while cold, not knowing that they can easily warm it to bring off its initial wholesome and sweetened taste. So how can you reheat your leftover fufu?
There are many ways you can reheat fufu without making it hard or dry. They include steaming, microwaving, on the stovetop, in an oven, and air fryer. Always thaw your fufu before reheating. You can also enjoy your thawed fufu with hot soup; you mustn’t necessarily reheat it.
Never store leftover fufu for too long because it easily goes bad. It is also quite impossible to tell if this food has spoiled if it is in the fridge, but you should dispose of excessively soft and foul-smelling fufu.
How to Reheat Fufu in a Steamer
Steaming is an effective yet demanding reheating method. Even so, it is recommendable because it warrants good results. So how do you steam your leftover fufu?
- Pour ½ inch of water in a saucepan and put it on the stove. Then place a steamer basket on the pot.
- Evenly lay out the fufu on the steamer to avoid overlaying. Ensure the food does not come in contact with water.
- Let the water boil, and after 10 to 15 minutes, your food should be ready.
- Carefully take the steamer basket from the pot, then serve the fufu while sizzling hot.
How to Reheat Fufu in a Microwave
Microwaving is another standard method of reheating food, but it is not ideal for some individuals because it can easily make fufu hard under the wrong temperature. To retain the texture of your leftover fufu:
- Place the fufu in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle some water on it to prevent drying out.
- Then using paper towels or parchment papers, cover the food to preserve heat and humidity.
- Warm the food for 30 seconds intervals while turning it over to evade uneven heating or burning in medium heat.
- Gauge the fufu’s temperature and if you aren’t satisfied, warm it up a bit more.
- When ready, serve with any soup or stew of your preference.
How to Reheat Fufu Over a Stove
The stove method is the most common method of reheating fufu because it is convenient and easy for many. To reheat your leftover fufu on the stovetop:
- You can choose to cut it into smaller pieces and place them in a sizable cooking pot. It is recommendable to cut them as it is easier to reheat them this way.
- Add a little bit of water or palm oil to the pot, then put it on the stove on medium heat.
- Cover the pot and let the food simmer for a few minutes.
- After a minute or two, remove the lid, then using a wooden spoon, stir the fufu constantly till it becomes firm.
- Let the fufu simmer for 3 or 4 minutes.
- The food should be ready to serve.
How to Reheat Fufu in an Oven
Unknown to many, it is possible to reheat fufu in a traditional oven or toaster oven. Here are detailed instructions on how to go about it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet using foil and place your fufu in the tray.
- Cover the fufu with a foil or dampened paper towel and place it in the oven.
- Reheat for about 10 to 15 minutes and if it is not warm enough, feel free to heat it some more.
- When ready, serve with egusi or groundnut soup.
How to Reheat Fufu in an Air Fryer
Air-fried fufu is just as good as a freshly prepared one. However, it would be best not to heat it too long because it will turn hard and unsavory. This method is perfect for warming food directly from the fridge.
- Preheat the fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put a little oil in the fryer and place the fufu in as well.
- Heat the food for about 5 minutes.
- Take the fufu and place it on a paper towel to drain oil.
- Place it into the fryer and warm for an additional 5 minutes.
- The outcome should be golden brown, evenly warmed fufu.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to Store Leftover Fufu
To store leftover fufu, you should cover them in plastic wraps so as not to get moistened in the fridge. Next, please place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Store them in the refrigerator for a maximum of five days.
How Can You Avoid Overcooking Fufu when Reheating?
Always gauge your fufu to determine its consistency. That is why it is advisable to reheat it at short intervals to check its firmness and temperature. Make certain to stir your fufu while reheating to avoid burning.