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Chicken stock - can reheat like this?

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TwigletMonster Sun 19-Jun-11 10:01:28

Made some chicken stock yesterday - been in the fridge.
Will now use it to make soup - so it'll be reheated.
Do we then have to eat all the soup in one go, or can it be reheated?
Easily confused!

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 19-Jun-11 10:24:54

It can be reheated safely. 'Piping hot' is the phrase. Boiling kills any bacteria that has developed and, since it has been in the fridge, the bacteria level will be relatively low to start with. Any leftover soup should be refrigerated, eaten within a couple of days and heated up properly when you need it.

hobbgoblin Sun 19-Jun-11 10:28:17

You should only reheat that stock once more and eat. So, you would have to eat all the soup you make with it in one go.

Personally, I'd risk it but boil round 2 serving to death.

memory505 Sun 19-Jun-11 10:40:14

Agree with hobbgoblin. Food safety guidelines say things should only ever be reheated once, but I often reheat food (in particular soup) more than once and none of us have ever been unwell from it. I do just take extra special care to make sure it is very hot all the way through.

I think the guidelines are there because every time you reheat something the risk of bacteria increases and if you weren't to heat it through properly it could give you food poisoning, but heating it until piping hot should sort that out (the only exception to that rule is rice and I am always a bit cautious with shellfish as well).

TwigletMonster Sun 19-Jun-11 20:38:17

Well there's no way we could all that soup in one go, so it's back in the fridge for just DH and I.
Bit wary of giving the reheated soup to DD (2) as I leave her stuff to cool quite a bit.

hobbgoblin Sun 19-Jun-11 20:39:59

It will be fine to eat for DD so long as not kept at an ambient temperature for ages. The bacteria only multiply worryingly at ambient temperature and not at the bit between boiling hot and warm. smile

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