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Exactly How To Reheat Baked Beans – I Test 3 Methods [Pics]

If you’re wondering how to reheat your leftover baked beans, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I show you the very best way to reheat your baked beans and get them as hot and fresh as when they were first cooked.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best way to reheat baked beans is on the stove. First, pour the baked beans into a pot and heat them on low heat. If the beans are dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you reach the right consistency. Reheat the baked beans for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently until they’re piping hot.

A note on my experiment

3 portions of baked beans after being reheated in different ways

I enjoyed some baked beans with my morning fry-up and then left the leftovers in the fridge.

The next morning, I tried out the following reheating methods:

  • On the stove 
  • In the microwave
  • In the oven

They all worked well, but the oven was a little slow, so I’d avoid that option if you can.

All of the methods I tested work for both canned and homemade baked beans.

Reheating baked beans on the stove

To reheat baked beans on the stove, pour the beans into a pot and heat them on low heat. If the beans are dry, add stock, milk, or water a tablespoon at a time until you reach the right consistency. Continue heating the beans, stirring frequently until they’re piping hot.  

How to reheat baked beans on the stove:

  1. Take your beans out of the fridge and transfer them to a pot.
  2. Heat them on low heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add extra liquid (either milk, stock, or water) a tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired thickness.
  4. Continue heating the beans until they’re hot and ready to serve.

Low heat ensures the beans don’t burn on the bottom of the pan or dry out.

If you have a massive pot of beans, you can increase the heat to medium so that it isn’t too slow. 

Just don’t forget to stir, so nothing sits on the bottom of the pan for too long. 

For extra tasty beans, fry some bacon in the pan before adding the beans.

My verdict

The flavor and texture of my beans were pretty much perfect after reheating them on the pan.

You couldn’t really tell they were reheated.

Reheating baked beans in the microwave

Take your beans out of the fridge and pour them into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel, lid, or plastic wrap. Heat the beans in 30-second intervals, stirring during each break. If the beans seem dry, add a tablespoon of water or stock to loosen the sauce. 

How to reheat baked beans in the microwave:

  1. Transfer your beans from the fridge to a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel, lid, or plastic wrap.
  3. Heat the beans for 1-2 minutes, stirring them every 30 seconds until warmed through.
  4. Add a tablespoon of water or stock to thin out the sauce if you need to.

It’s better to microwave smaller portions as bigger portions heat too unevenly and may overcook in some parts.

Only add the liquid after microwaving the beans for at least 30 seconds. 

Sometimes the heat can add all the extra moisture you need, and you don’t want to end up with watery beans. 

My verdict

Reheating my beans in the microwave worked well and was super quick.

It’s the perfect method if you’re in a rush.

If I was just heating beans for myself, I’d definitely use the microwave because it’s so convenient.

Reheating baked beans in the oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the beans from the fridge and place them in an oven-safe dish. Add a splash of liquid to the beans to loosen the sauce and keep the beans moist. Cover the dish with foil and heat the beans for 10 minutes, stirring them at the halfway mark.

How to reheat baked beans in the oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° (180°C).
  2. Transfer the beans from the fridge to an oven-safe dish.
  3. Add a tablespoon of water or broth if the sauce is stodgy. 
  4. Cover the dish with foil to stop it from drying out.
  5. Heat the beans for 10 minutes, remembering to stir them halfway through.

Make sure that the foil fits tightly around the dish to trap the moisture inside.

Bonus tip: remove the foil for the last few minutes and sprinkle some cheese over the top to melt. 

YUM.

My verdict

My beans came out fine, but it was a lot slower than the other methods.

Not worth it for a small portion, but it’s a valid option for a big portion.

Reheating baked beans in the crockpot

While this may sound tempting, it’s not recommended. The crockpot (or slow cooker) takes so long for things to get up to temperature that they can sit in the danger zone for bacteria for too long, and potentially become unsafe to eat.

What you can do instead is reheat the beans in the microwave, oven, or on the stove. And once they’re piping hot, put them in the crockpot to keep warm.

How to store baked beans

You can store baked beans in the fridge for 3-5 days. Allow them to cool slightly, then put them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Larger batches take longer to cool down, which invites bacterial growth. Place them in a water bath or portion them into smaller containers for rapid cooling.

The baked beans will soak up quite a lot of their sauce during storage, so can end up thick and stodgy. 

This is easily remedied by adding some extra stock or water when you’re reheating the beans.

Tip: If you have some beans leftover in an open can, don’t store them in the can. Transfer them to an airtight container.

Can you freeze baked beans?

Baked beans freeze well and will last for up to 6 months in the freezer. Package them in airtight freezer bags to reduce the risk of freezer burn. Baked beans in an unopened can have a very long shelf life, so there’s no need to freeze those. 

How to freeze baked beans:

  1. Let your beans cool to room temperature after they’ve finished cooking. You can chill the beans in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
  2. Once cool, separate the beans into portions and spoon them into freezer bags.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bags before sealing them.
  4. Label and date the packaging and place the beans in the freezer.

You can also use airtight containers to store the beans, but I prefer freezer bags.

You can remove all the air from freezer bags, which helps prevent freezer burn. 

You can also lay them flat to freeze and stack them to save space.  

If you opt for an airtight container, try to fill it as much as possible. Or lay a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the beans to protect them from the empty space.

Top tip: you can keep two portions in one freezer bag by folding the bag in half while it’s freezing.

How to thaw and reheat frozen baked beans

You can leave your baked beans in the fridge to thaw overnight, or you can submerge the freezer bag in a cold water bath. You can also use the microwave. Finally, you can heat the beans straight from frozen in a saucepan. 

Heat the beans on low and add a splash of water to the pan. Stir frequently until the sauce has melted and the beans are hot.

Ways to use up leftover baked beans

Leftover baked beans aren’t a problem I often have, but over the years I have come up with a few tasty ways to use them up:

  • Make a bean-y sandwich filling – mix chopped celery, mayo, mustard, relish, and hard-boiled eggs into your baked beans, and then slather it on some bread.
  • Use them in a chili – baked beans can take your four-bean chili to the next level.
  • Use them to make burgers – mash the beans up and turn them into bean burgers, the sauce helps bind all the ingredients together.
  • Pour them over nachos – you might be used to refried beans on your machos, but baked beans work just as well. They’re also great in a burrito.
3 portions of baked beans after being reheated in different ways

Exactly How To Reheat Baked Beans

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover baked beans.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Keyword: baked beans, reheat baked beans
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion baked beans
  • 1 tbsp water stock, or milk

Instructions

  • Take your beans out of the fridge and transfer them to a pot.
  • Heat them on low heat, stirring frequently.
  • Add extra liquid (either milk, stock, or water) a tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired thickness.
  • Continue heating the beans until they’re hot and ready to serve.

Notes

Low heat ensures the beans don’t burn on the bottom of the pan or dry out.
If you have a massive pot of beans, you can increase the heat to medium so that it isn’t too slow.
Just don’t forget to stir, so nothing sits on the bottom of the pan for too long.
For extra tasty beans, fry some bacon in the pan before adding the beans.

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 155kcal

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