How to Reheat Kulolo [Aloha My Pudding Friend!]

How To Reheat Kulolo

Now you’ve made your tasty kulolo, you relished every bit of it, and so did your ohana. 

Oh no! There are leftover kulolo! How do you reheat them and still maintain that fresh oven taste? I can help with that!

To reheat kulolo, ensure old soggy aluminum foil is unwrapped. Re-wrap kulolo with new aluminum foil, slip-wrapped kulolo into a steam oven set at 212°F, leave for 1 hour to ensure proper steaming, and allow cooling completely.

Let me share the best methods to reheat your kulolo and retain that fresh, munchy, and fudgy feel.

1. Steam Oven

How to Reheat Kulolo
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This method is one of the most common methods and is very easy to use. Your kulolo may have been refrigerated, and that firms it up. But with the steam oven method, enough moisture seeps in and brings back that fresh feel once more. Here’s what to do;

● Remove kulolo from the refrigerator if refrigerated and allow to sit for 3 minutes. 

● Ensure old soggy aluminum foil is unwrapped.

● Re-wrap kulolo with new aluminum foil.

● Slip wrapped kulolo into a steam oven set at 212°F.

● Leave for 1 hour to ensure proper steaming.

● Allow cooling completely.

● Serve warm, tasty, and fresh with a glass of milk.

2. Stove top

You may not have an oven, and that should not deter you. Your kulolo is not getting thrown away! A stovetop will do just fine. Let me show you how:

● Place a large saucepan on a stovetop with low heat.

● Fill the saucepan halfway with water.

● Allow water to boil out for a few minutes.

● Wrap kulolo with aluminum foil to prevent water from seeping in.

● Take foil-wrapped kulolo and place it inside a smaller pot that can fit into the saucepan.

● Cover the pot tightly with foil to allow maximum heat distribution and lock in moisture.

● Fit the pot into a saucepan with boiling water.

● Allow to steam for about 1 hour.

● Check water level intermittently; add water when necessary.

● Remove kulolo after 1 hour and let it cool.

● Serve warm, tasty, and fresh with a preferred beverage.

3. Microwave

My personal favorite! Because it’s super easy and saves a whole lot of time. All you need is a clean microwave and electricity. Come, I’ll show you how:

● Unwrap old aluminum foil from kulolo.

● Wrap kulolo with a cling film to allow moisture.

● Place a flat microwaveable plate inside of the microwave.

● Place film-wrapped kulolo into the microwave and close the door.

● Turn on the microwave and set the timer.

● Leave for 3 to 5 minutes.

● Allow cooling for 3 minutes ( or to your preferred taste).

● Serve warm, tasty, and fresh with brandy or rum.

4. Crock-Pot

You probably used this method in cooking your kulolo; since you live in the suburbs, you may not have access to an imu ( which is the normal way to get the native Hawaiian kulolo). I promise you, though, your kulolo is just as Hawaiian as the one Tutu makes back at Kalapana. Now, we’re going to reheat your kulolo with the same cooking method only with less time. 

● Get 3 or 4 lau-ki (ti leaves) and line them inside a crock-pot.

● Pour half a glass of water in the crock-pot 

● Place the pot on the stove or gas top with low heat.

● Fit another aluminum or stainless bowl into the crock-pot floating on the water. Remember! 

Kulolo gets cooked with steam, not boiling water.

● Wrap kulolo with more aluminum foil.

● Place wrapped kulolo inside the crock-pot and on top of the stainless bowl.

● Take another foil paper and cover the crock-pot tightly to trap heat and moisture.

● Cover the pot with a lid.

● Ensure heat is low always to prevent burnt and crispy kulolo.

● Check water level constantly and add water when necessary. 

● Leave for 1 hour.

● Let it cool completely. 

● Serve warm, tasty, and fresh with a freshly squeezed orange juice glass. 

Now that you have your fresh and munchy kulolo once more, you can share it with your ohana!

Bonus tip: Your kulolo should look light brown, not dark brown (burnt). That is to say; you always have to use low heat!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I reheat kulolo multiple times? 

Yes! You absolutely can reheat multiple times.

All you have to do is follow the above-reheating methods, and you’re good to go!

How long can my kulolo last?

Not to worry. Your kulolo has a pretty good shelf life of about 3 – 5 days! So enjoy each bite without fear.

How can I preserve my kulolo? 

If there are leftovers of your tasty kulolo, wrap them in foil and put them in an airtight container in a refrigerator to firm up. When you’re ready to eat your kulolo, you must defrost before reheating. 

I hope you enjoy every bite of your tasty kulolo with ohana today.

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