Forget the Microwave—This is the Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

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Nothing will return day-old pizza to the glory of its straight-out-of-the-oven taste, but it still makes decent leftovers. If you’re not a fan of the cold slice, though, you may lament just how soggy pizza gets in the microwave. Leftover pizza deserves a better fate. Thanks to Food52, we know that the skillet is the way to go if you want a reheated slice that’s not too dry, not too soggy.

Food52 reached out to several pizza experts, including international pizza consultant (yes, that’s a thing) Anthony Falco, who previously worked as the pizza czar at the popular Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s. His super simple instructions involve the genius addition of just a few drops of water. The idea is to crisp up the bottom of the pizza first, then create some steam to keep the top of the slice moist as you warm it up.

First, place your pizza slice in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook for two minutes. Once those two minutes are up, put two drops of water into the pan with the pizza, cover the skillet, and turn the heat down to low. Let your pizza steam in there for one minute—and then eat it!

Falco created the graphic below to illustrate the technique.

Anthony Falco

Another pizza expert Food52 spoke to suggested using a piece of foil to cover the pizza, which would work similarly to the covered pan, trapping in the moisture so you don’t end up with the dry toppings you'd get if you used the oven.

If you are intent on microwaving your pizza, there’s another way to improve its texture without resorting to a new appliance: Buy yourself a cheap crisper pan.

At-home pizza is never going to be as amazing as a pie that's fresh out of a wood-fired oven, so now that we've worked up your appetite, check out our picks for the best pizza in all 50 states.

[h/t Food52]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]