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[Modernist Cuisine at Home] Risotto

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I made a variation on the steel-cut oats recipe on p331 of MCAH using arborio rice and skipping the snails. The result was delicious. However, upon reheating the leftovers, the risotto was greasy and unappetizing. How can I stabilize the butter and cheese deliciousness so that they survive reheating? Lecithin, like the home jus gras (MCAH p93)? Or sodium citrate, like the mac and cheese (MCAH p310)?

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Were you reheating the risotto on the stove or in the microwave? I would advise against reheating it in the microwave. If you reheat it on the stove top, you may try using cold heavy cream and stirring constantly on low heat. But really, risotto is best when eaten the same day!

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Thanks for the reply! I was reheating in the microwave. I will try the stove top reheating and see if it produces better results. I agree that risotto is better when eaten the same day. However, it does seem counter to a modernist philosophy to stop at that conventional thought and not press the issue further. Is it possible to leverage the techniques of MC and MCAH to sufficiently stabilize the risotto for microwave reheating? Would lecithin or sodium citrate work, or perhaps something else altogether?

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