There are careful storage methods to preserve the texture and flavor of fried foods. First and foremost, patience is key. Allow fried foods to cool completely before storing. This step is very important because condensation forms when storing hot food. Condensation is a shortcut to a flooded city. While cooling, place on a rack or plate lined with paper towels. This will help absorb excess oil that causes stickiness.
Now, if you actually want to store it, line an airtight container with paper towels. This lining acts like a moisture barrier, absorbing stray steam that can soften crispy dishes. When placing food in containers, resist the urge to stack them. Stacking them can cause the parts to steam together and, as you might imagine, get sticky. A single layer keeps each piece as crispy as possible.
Once the container is ready and the food is in place, place it in the refrigerator. Now, an important tip when it comes to reheating and eating: don’t use the microwave. Microwaves are convenient, but they’re notorious for turning crunchy foods into rubbery disappointments. Instead, choose to reheat fried foods in the oven or air fryer. This method allows heat to circulate evenly and restores the natural crispiness of the food. The next time you take a bite of these reheated treats, they’ll taste almost as good as when they first sizzled in the fryer.