How To Reheat Any Kind Of Cobbler
When we think of cobbler, our minds immediately go to fruit cobblers such as peach, blueberry, and apple—three of our favorites!
You can pretty much make a cobbler with any fruit you desire, as long as it’s fresh or frozen, not canned. You can even get creative and mix flavors (oh hello, strawberry rhubarb cobbler—the perfect blend of sweet and tart—get in my belly).
That’s not all, though. Did you know that you can also make savory cobbler? One of the most common ways to make savory cobbler is by having a medley of vegetables inside and top it with parmesan or cheddar biscuits. Sounds pretty good to us!
No matter what kind of cobbler you fancy, you can count on us to help you to reheat it so that you don’t sacrifice the integrity of the biscuits on top and ooey-gooey goodness underneath them.
So how do you reheat cobbler? The best way to reheat cobbler is the same way you originally made it—in the oven. There are a couple of unconventional ways to reheat cobbler that you may not have thought of, but they work surprisingly well, one of which is reheating cobbler in a pressure cooker.
There are other options that will work as well, such as heating it up in the microwave, but you’ll sacrifice flavor and consistency, which is kind of a big deal, at least in our opinion.
We’ve gathered some specific techniques that you definitely want to know before just popping it back into the oven. You definitely don’t want to burn it or dry it out too much. Burnt food is usually unsalvagable, so be careful to read our instructions to minimize the risk of burning.
How To Store Cobbler Before Reheating
We have to talk about storing cobbler before we talk about reheating it. Why? Because only a properly stored cobbler can be properly reheated.
Can you reheat a soggy cobbler? You can try, but you’ll probably just end up drying it out by trying to help the biscuits fluff up again and turn the fruit or vegetable portion into a sticky mess.
Don’t worry, we will still give you tips on how to reheat cobbler that’s been subject to condensation in your fridge or freezer, it’s just not the best option.
Without further ado, here’s how to store cobbler so it’s ready to be reheated!
Storing Cobbler In The Fridge
If you want to cool your cobbler as quickly as possible, here’s what to do:
- Cut the cobbler into individual serving sizes (usually one biscuit with an equal portion of filling).
- Let them cool uncovered on the countertop. Wait until you can hover your hand over them and not feel any radiant heat—that means they’ve cooled enough to be placed into the fridge.
- You can either cover them in aluminum foil on individual plates for easy serving when it’s time to reheat them, or you can place them all either back into the ceramic baking dish that you made them in or into a large Tupperware container. It will be easy for you to scoop out the individual serving sizes when you’re ready to reheat them.
- Place the cobbler in the fridge, where it will last for no longer than one week (we would suggest eating it within 5 days).
This is an easy peasy way to store cobbler, and probably our favorite way if you’re going to eat the cobbler within a week of putting it in the fridge.
Quick Tip: If you place the cobbler in a covered container and notice steam rising to the top, take the lid off and allow the cobbler to cool longer before covering it again. Steam = condensation. Condensation = soggy cobbler.
Storing Cobbler In The Freezer
The first question you need to ask yourself before storing cobbler in the freezer is whether you want to eat it in individual serving sizes or if you’re going to reheat the entire thing in one go, depending on how much is left and how many people you have to feed.
The next question you should ask is when you want to enjoy your cobbler next. If you want to eat it within the week, follow our steps to storing cobbler in the fridge instead. If you’d like to save it for a bit longer (which means you have more willpower than us), then follow these steps to freezing cobbler.
When freezing cobbler, you have two options:
- Freeze the cobbler in individual serving sizes,
- Or freeze the whole thing.
If you want to reheat individual portion sizes, choose option 1. If you want to serve the cobbler to a group of people and/or plan to eat the whole thing in one go, choose option 2.
How To Freeze Cobbler In Individual Serving Sizes
The benefit of freezing cobbler in individual serving sizes is that you don’t have to worry about wasting any precious cobbler by reheating the whole thing and not being able to finish it.
You don’t want to freeze and reheat cobbler twice because that can negatively impact the integrity of the cobbler and raise your chances of getting food poisoning.
As with anything, the general rule is to freeze and reheat once. The more times you cool/reheat food, the risk of food poisoning increases. So save yourself a literal stomach ache and take steps to avoid this unnecessary risk by freezing individual serving sizes for convenient (and safe) reheating.
How to freeze cobbler in individual serving sizes:
- Follow the steps listed above on allowing your cobbler to cool before putting it into the freezer.
- Place each portion into a freezer-safe container and cover with the lid.
- Freeze for up to 6 months.
How To Freeze Whole Cobbler
The only difference between freezing a whole cobbler and freezing individual cobblers is the length of time it takes for a whole cobbler to freeze completely. This shouldn’t be a problem since generally when you freeze things, you don’t plan to use them for more than a week, which is more than enough time for a whole cobbler to freeze!
How to freeze a whole cobbler:
- Follow the steps to cooling your cobbler on the countertop before placing it in a freezer-safe container, or you can leave it in the same dish that you baked it in as long as it is tempered and freezer-safe. If you’re not sure, transfer the cobbler to a freezer-safe container to be safe.
- Freeze for up to 6 months.
How To Reheat Any Kind Of Cobbler
The key to reheating cobbler, no matter which method you choose, is to reheat it slowly.
Our favorite option is the oven, closely followed by a slow cooker and pressure cooker (because it has a warm-up setting), and lastly, the microwave, which doesn’t work as well because it heats food so quickly.
Here is exactly how to reheat any kind of cobbler using the oven, slow cooker or pressure cooker, and microwave.
How To Reheat Cobbler In The Oven
The great thing about reheating cobbler in the oven is that it doesn’t matter whether it has been refrigerated or frozen—just throw it in! With some preparation, of course.
Here’s how to reheat cobbler in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. You’re welcome to take your cobbler out of the fridge or freezer while your oven is preheating, but it’s not mandatory. You can put it into the oven directly from the fridge (as long as it’s in an oven-safe dish) and get the same result.
- Take the cobbler out of the fridge or freezer and transfer it to an oven-safe dish.
- Once the oven is heated completely, place the cobbler in the middle rack for reheating.
- For individual serving sizes, reheat for 10-15 minutes.
- For an entire cobbler, reheat for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the cobbler).
- Take your cobbler out of the oven (be sure to use an oven mitt), and place it on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before devouring.
How To Reheat Cobbler In A Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
The beautiful thing about most pressure cookers is that they come with a slow cook setting.
So, really, if you want to save space in your kitchen storage and are debating between a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, we’d definitely recommend a pressure cooker since you get two-in-one, plus many more features.
First, you’ll need a few things:
- Pressure cooker or Instant Pot
- Heatproof containers (Pyrex, mason jars, heatproof mugs)
- Aluminum foil
Here’s how to reheat cobbler in a pressure cooker using the steam setting:
- Take your cobbler out of the fridge or freezer and place into a heatproof container.
- Cover the top of the container in aluminum foil. This step is super important because otherwise the steam from the pressure cooker will soak your cobbler and make it soggy.
- Before you place it in the pressure cooker, add water to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Enough to cover the bottom, but not too much that it reaches the top of your container.
- Place your container in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker and turn on the steam setting.
- Steam for 4-5 minutes for individual serving sizes, and 8-10 minutes for a whole cobbler.
- Important: Allow the steam to release from the pot before removing the lid.
- Viola! Beautifully warmed-up cobbler.
How To Reheat Cobbler In The Microwave
The key to reheating cobbler in the microwave is to do so in 30-second increments for individual serving sizes or 90-second increments for a whole cobbler.
The reason for heating in increments is that the microwave heats things so quickly, so you have to carefully gauge the temperature as you go to make sure you don’t overheat, which will cause serious issues with the texture of the biscuit and quality of the fruit or vegetables underneath.
Microwaves also reheat inconsistently, which is why it’s our least favorite way to reheat for texture and heat-ratio purposes.
So now you know everything there is to know about reheating cobbler. What else might you be wondering? We hope to answer any additional questions you might have with these related questions.
What’s the difference between cobbler and pie?
Cobbler is simply topped with a breaded topping, most commonly in the form of biscuits and baked in a rectangular baking dish.
Pie, on the other hand, is encrusted in a layer of pie crust and is baked in a circular pie dish.
How long does cobbler last on the countertop?
If you have cooked a fruit cobbler, you’re fine to leave it covered on the countertop overnight. However, while some websites say you can leave it up to 3 days, we’d recommend sticking it in the fridge after 24 hours.
If you have baked a cobbler with meat, do not leave it on the countertop overnight. Place it directly into the fridge after it has cooled.