I pre-made breakfast sandwiches and froze them. How should I reheat them so the english muffin is not weirdly chewy or soggy?

The sandwiches are made of english muffin, cheddar, and egg & chive scramble, and canadian bacon. I made about 14 and froze them thinking it would be a great grab-n-go for my husband so he could zap them in the microwave at work. If you microwave them, though, the texture is super weird. Without a toaster oven (office only has microwave) is there any thing we should be doing to reheat them?

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Smaug
Smaug January 17, 2016

If you solve that, you can probably sell it, but I don't really like your chances. An oven, or toaster oven, would be better than a microwave, but not good.

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ktr January 17, 2016

Maybe try reheating the filling and not the bread.

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Sam1148 January 17, 2016

Maybe pack the filling stuff in a tuna can ring...to shape them. Then freeze that and package that For defrosting the microwave and buy a cheep toaster for the office. And do the final assembly on site.

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702551 January 17, 2016

I have never had a reheated cooked cheese product that was worth a damn.

I think oldunc is correct. If you can figure this out, you pose as a serious competitor to giants like McDonald's, Starbucks, Burger King, Yum Brands, etc.

Not sure if Sam1148's suggestion of deconstructing components for separate processing is going to be all that successful. It might be cheaper paying some teenager minimum wage to make everything fresh. After all, if you need to toast an English muffin, you can cook a pre-mixed egg product in about the same time. Shoving some prefab disc into a microwave doesn't buy you anything.

My guess is that the big players in this market segment routinely experiment with various quick-serve processes, some of which require fancy equipment that is way outside the scope of what typical consumers have at their disposal.

If they could find some method to make a satisfactory egg muffin sandwich appear ten seconds faster, they would find it.

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702551 January 17, 2016

I have never had a reheated cooked cheese product that was worth a damn.

I think oldunc is correct. If you can figure this out, you pose as a serious competitor to giants like McDonald's, Starbucks, Burger King, Yum Brands, etc.

Not sure if Sam1148's suggestion of deconstructing components for separate processing is going to be all that successful. It might be cheaper paying some teenager minimum wage to make everything fresh. After all, if you need to toast an English muffin, you can cook a pre-mixed egg product in about the same time. Shoving some prefab disc into a microwave doesn't buy you anything.

My guess is that the big players in this market segment routinely experiment with various quick-serve processes, some of which require fancy equipment that is way outside the scope of what typical consumers have at their disposal.

If they could find some method to make a satisfactory egg muffin sandwich appear ten seconds faster, they would find it.

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Sarah Curry, MS, RD, CDE

But would that teenager put in chives and siracha?? :) I get what you are saying, though. Thanks for the reply!

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702551 January 23, 2016

That teenager would put in chives or sriracha if his/her paycheck depended on it. Most likely, those condiment options would be on a counter as an optional addition.

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702551 January 23, 2016

The basic point here is that commonly available breakroom equipment that you are basing this "experiment" on will not generate a satisfactory result because if it could, some monster corporation like McDonald's, Starbucks, Burger King would already be employing such a technique.

You wouldn't be asking this question because every single grocery store in America would be hawking "microwaveable perfect breakfast sandwiches" at a price point *WAY* lower than what you would ever be able to attain.

LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN January 17, 2016

maybe it's impractical, but could he pick up a fresh bagel or toasted eng muffin on his way into work,use the office microwave to reheat the contents- for transfer onto the new bread? Have you tasted your product yet? I think you'd want to make sure the reheated filling works out before you go to all kinds of trouble to solve the bread dilemma.

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN January 17, 2016

p.s. flour tortilla products- burritos etc.- seem to reheat well by nuking. Is he open to a tortilla wrapper? If so, you could remove from the freezer all the sandwiches you made, separate the filling from the bread, trash the bread, and shape each filling in a rolled up flour tortilla and freeze.

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Sarah Curry, MS, RD, CDE

Breakfast wrap- way better idea- thanks so much!

Kristen W.
Kristen W. January 18, 2016

Yep agree with LBF - sounds like a breakfast wrap might be the best way to go. Can't really think of a muffin, biscuit, or bread-like product that would survive the microwave time required to heat the rest of it very well (though if someone else can I'd be curious to hear).

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amysarah
amysarah January 18, 2016

This won't solve the sandwiches in your freezer, but might be a good strategy for future "make ahead" egg sandwiches - a big frittata, made on, say Sunday, will be fine in the fridge through most of the work week. Makes a great sandwich and can be made with any veg/herb, meat, cheese, etc. you like. I actually prefer frittata cold or at room temp. Your husband can take a wrapped slice, along with a bread/vehicle that holds up in the microwave - baking powder biscuits do fine in there, as does a hunk of focaccia. (No, not as great as fresh from the oven, but still perfectly fine.) Then all he needs to do is warm the biscuit/bread and pop the room temp frittata inside.

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Sarah Curry, MS, RD, CDE

Thank you for the frittata suggestion! I think that and the wrap suggestion earlier are my best bets. Me and my husband's stomach thank you for taking the time to reply!

Nancy
Nancy January 18, 2016

Following the lead from amysarah, if the idea is to have an easy grab & go breakfast with carb and protein, make individual savory bread puddings or noodle puddings. Mix your eggs, cheddar, chive & bacon with some added milk cream. Pour over stale bread or cooked drained pasta, put in plastic container or freezer bag and freeze. At work, remove from plastic, heat in mw. Voila - energy for the day.

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Nancy
Nancy January 18, 2016

that should be "milk or cream."

Susan W
Susan W January 18, 2016

This doesn't help with your current dilemma, but the happiest day of my work life is when I realized breakfast doesn't need to be typical breakfast type foods. A steaming bowl of soup or stew is so healthy and satisfying. A brown rice bowl with leftover meats and veggies is also a good choice. You can even top it with a pre-poached eggs that just needs seconds in the microwave to reheat.

One more idea is to spring for a toaster oven for the break room. I worked in a small office, so we decided it would add to our lunch happiness and splurged.

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stacy January 19, 2016

I made a bunch of english muffin breakfast sandwiches when we were doing some construction on my house - I found that microwaving it for a minute or 2 to thaw the egg then putting it in the toaster oven (or oven if there are a lot of them) to finish off works best. I wonder if the trick using a cup of water in the microwave to reheat pizza might work with english muffins? worth a shot

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Sarah Curry, MS, RD, CDE

Yes, I think just buying a darn toaster oven is the best way to do the breakfast sandwich idea. Until then, I'll do the wrap or frittatta suggestion. Thanks for your reply!

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LE BEC FIN January 23, 2016

sarah, My Love recently inSISTed that we get a replacement for our working-fine-but-dial illegible/worn away 30 year old Black and Decker. $30 at a box store for a new B&D.

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LE BEC FIN January 23, 2016

I forgot to say, I am NOT throwing away the old one; my money says it will be alive and well when the new one with the newfangled wind-a-dial-is dead and gone.:-}

Emily Love
Emily Love January 24, 2016

I find the best way to reheat frozen bread slices is to keep them in the tinfoil I wrapped them in (in your case maybe wrap the sandwich in tinfoil) then pop in toaster oven (or for you oven) and heat them like that. They don't get dried out and are surprisingly good! Wondering if that could work for you?

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sexyLAMBCHOPx February 29, 2016

It's been a month since you posted, but this appeared on my FB feed and remember your question. Maybe this would help. http://www.thekitchn.com...

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LE BEC FIN March 1, 2016

sexylc, you are such a good doobie!! so thoughtful of you!

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