The Best Kitchen Quick Tips by the editors of Cooks Illustrated Magazine
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Testing The Temperature Of Leftovers Judging the interior temperature of reheated leftovers such as lasagna or a casserole can be difficult. To avoid serving leftovers that are tepid in the center, try this method. Before taking the casserole out of the oven, poke the center with the blade of a butter knife or dull dinner knife and leave it in place for 15 to 30 seconds. Remove the knife, then touch the side of the blade very gently to the back of your hand. If the metal is hot, so, too, is the center of the casserole.