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How To Reheat Soft Pretzels – I Test 4 Methods [Pics]

Biting into a freshly-baked, warm salty pretzel is an experience worth repeating.

But can you recreate it with day-old pretzels? 

In my search for the best way to reheat soft pretzels, I tried out the four most popular methods.

Here’s what I found.

A note on my experiment

One Sunday, I baked a batch of pretzels and left them to cool. 

Well, except for the ones I devoured for my quality testing.

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

  • In the oven (great for warming fresh pretzels)
  • In the microwave (best for refreshing  stale pretzels)
  • In the air fryer (good if you want a crisp outside)
  • In the toaster (quick and easy)

The oven puts a just-baked crispness and chewiness into your fresh pretzels, while the air fryer gives them added crisp.

Avoid the microwave if you’ve got fresh pretzels or ones you’ve stored properly and aren’t stale.

Heating fresh pretzels in the microwave will give them a gummy texture, but it’s a good option for stale ones.

Reheating soft pretzels in the oven

Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Drizzle a little water over the pretzels or mist them with a spray bottle as the oven heats up. Wrap the pretzels in foil and heat them in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Another option is to put the pretzels in a wet paper bag in the oven.

How to reheat soft pretzels in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Drizzle a little water over the pretzels or mist them with a spray bottle and wrap them in foil. Alternatively, place the pretzels in a wet paper bag.
  3. Heat the pretzels for 5-10 minutes. You can unwrap the foil to check on them.
  4. If you want a slight crisp, remove the foil for the last 1-2 minutes of baking.

While the oven is great for fresh pretzels that only require a little heating, they can dry out a bit. 

This is where the water comes in. It creates steam which helps keep the pretzels moist.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also use butter or even beer!

My verdict

The oven is great if you’ve got lots of pretzels to reheat at once, they heat well and keep a good texture.

The pretzels were soft and warm (and yum). 

Note: if your pretzels are really stale, I’d recommend that you rather use the microwave instead.

Reheating soft pretzels in the microwave

If you’re in a rush, reheat your pretzels in the microwave. Heat one pretzel at a time in a microwave-safe dish covered with a damp paper towel. Heat the pretzel in 10-second intervals until warm. Don’t microwave your pretzel for too long, or they’ll end up hard.

How to reheat soft pretzels in the microwave:

  1. Place one pretzel on a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Cover the pretzel with a damp paper towel.
  3. Heat the pretzel in 10-second intervals until warm.
  4. Serve immediately after removing them from the microwave.

The damp paper towel will create steam which helps bring moisture back to dry or stale pretzels.

Check the pretzels frequently to avoid overheating. And eat the pretzels as soon as possible after taking them out of the microwave, because they will get stale very quickly when they start to cool.

My verdict

The microwave can be great or not so great.

If your pretzels are fresh, the microwave can give them a stogey texture. 

But if your pretzels are more on the stale side, the microwave is good at softening them up.

Reheating soft pretzels in the air fryer

Set your air fryer to 300°F (150°C). Drizzle a little butter over the pretzels or spritz them with water or beer while the air fryer warms up. Arrange the pretzels in the basket and heat for 2-3 minutes. 

How to reheat soft pretzels in the air fryer:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Drizzle butter over the pretzels or spritz with water or beer.
  3. Arrange the pretzels in the basket and heat them for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the pretzels when warmed through and serve.

The air fryer will heat the pretzels quickly, so keep an eye on them to prevent them from drying out. 

You may find that you need to reduce the temperature a bit depending on the size of your pretzels.

My verdict

Avoid the air fryer if your pretzels are a bit stale – they won’t soften.

But if your pretzels and fresh and you want them to have a little crunch on the outside, the air fryer is perfect for you.

Reheating soft pretzels in the toaster

If your pretzels fit in your toaster, you can pop them in for a minute or two to warm up. If the pretzel doesn’t fit, consider cutting it in half. Then when the pretzel is warm, you can smother it with butter for a decadent treat.

How to reheat pretzel bites

Despite their smaller size, pretzel bites are just as easy to reheat as regular-sized soft pretzels. My go-to method would be the oven. Set your oven to 300°F (150°C) and place the pretzels bites on a baking tray. Spritz them with water or drizzle a little butter over them, cover them with foil, and heat for 2-3 minutes.

The microwave is another option and good if your pretzel bites are stale. Cover the pretzel bites with a damp paper towel and microwave them in 10-second intervals.

How to store soft pretzels

Allow the soft pretzels to cool to room temperature before wrapping them in plastic wrap or in a dish towel inside an airtight container to keep them soft. Store them at room temperature for up to 2 days. You should freeze any pretzels you plan on keeping longer than 2 days.

Avoid packing pretzels that haven’t cooled down sufficiently. The excess moisture will condense inside the container or wrapping and make them soggy.

I’ve got a whole article on storing soft pretzels and keeping them fresh. Check it out!

Can you freeze soft pretzels?

Soft pretzels freeze well if you freeze them while they’re still fresh. The freezing process stops them from going stale, so they’ll still be fresh when you reheat them. The pretzels must be cooled to room temperature before being wrapped and frozen. Pretzels will last up to a month in the freezer.

How to freeze soft pretzels:

  1. Allow the pretzels to cool to room temperature.
  2. Wrap them in plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil (or put them in a freezer bag).
  3. Freeze the pretzels and aim to eat them within one month.

It’s important to make sure the pretzels are completely cool before freezing them. 

If they’re still warm, the condensation will turn to ice and ruin their texture. 

To freeze pretzel bites, first flash freeze them on a parchment-paper-lined baking tray before transferring them to a freezer bag. Remove the air from the freezer bag and place it in the freezer. 

Flash freezing the pretzel bites means they won’t stick together in the bag.

How to reheat frozen soft pretzels

Frozen pretzels do not need to be thawed first before reheating. You can reheat them from frozen. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Cover the pretzels with foil and heat for 7-10 minutes, depending on size. You can also reheat them in the microwave on 50% power, but they might get a bit mushy.

How To Reheat Soft Pretzels

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover soft pretzels.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: reheat soft pretzels, soft pretzel
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion soft pretzels
  • 1 drizzle water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Drizzle a little water over the pretzels or mist them with a spray bottle and wrap them in foil. Alternatively, place the pretzels in a wet paper bag.
  • Heat the pretzels for 5-10 minutes. You can unwrap the foil to check on them.
  • If you want a slight crisp, remove the foil for the last 1-2 minutes of baking.

Notes

While the oven is great for fresh pretzels that only require a little heating, they can dry out a bit.
This is where the water comes in. It creates steam which helps keep the pretzels moist.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also use butter or even beer!

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 380kcal

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