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ds making paella at school-am fretting about the rice

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MaryAnnSingleton Sun 19-Jun-11 14:50:35

I know you're not meant to reheat cooked rice- so what should we do ?

DoubleNegativePanda Sun 19-Jun-11 15:06:59

I have never come across this fear of reheating rice except on mumsnet. I've reheated and eaten leftover rice hundreds of times in my life and never been sick. I'd say just don't worry about it. If it wasn't safe to eat, I'd hope the school wouldn't send it home.

wannaBe Sun 19-Jun-11 15:11:32

never heard of not reheating rice. I know it doesn't always reheat well but there's no specific reason why you can't do so afaik.

DooinMeCleanin Sun 19-Jun-11 15:14:19

We always reheat rice, infact that is how fried rice is made. You boil the rice, leave it to cool and drain completely and then reheat it by frying it. You can't fry wet rice, it spits at you.

hobbgoblin Sun 19-Jun-11 15:16:50

You can re-heat rice. It is the spores that develop and multiply in warm, moist rice that has been cooked. These spores cannot be killed by cooking like other bacteria often are because they have a hard as nails exterior shell. The way to keep cooked rice safe is to refrigerate after cooking so that the spores do not multiply. If you do this then you can re heat the rice once and safely eat it.

If said Paella is coming home on the bus/neing kept in a sweaty locker then I wouldn't eat it.

The seafood or chicken in the dish also poses a risk but not quite in the same way.

Fisharefriendsnotfood Sun 19-Jun-11 15:19:15

Surely 'fretting' is ott...not really the end of the world either way, is it? confused

acsec Sun 19-Jun-11 15:21:24

Rice is a harbourer of bacteria and should be either kept hot or cooled quickly and refridgerated straight away, then reheated until piping hot.

http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/riceind.pdf

However - I never do that. I leave it out on the side to cool until I remember to put it in the fridge then reheat it when I want it. I've never had food poisoning from it. I also eat out of date food and food that has been left out on a buffet table for longer than 2 hours. I like to live life on the edge lol!

ConnorTraceptive Sun 19-Jun-11 15:21:54

I wouldn't eat it having not known if it was refrigerated properly or how long it was left out

TheStallionOfSensibleness Sun 19-Jun-11 15:22:57

Agee. Never ponce with rice. Am still alive.

ConnorTraceptive Sun 19-Jun-11 15:28:47

Actually I wouldn't eat anything made by a child in home ed

hobbgoblin Sun 19-Jun-11 15:28:58

acsec, until the time you are poisoned...until the time you are poisoned...

Butterbur Sun 19-Jun-11 15:31:50

It's Bacillus Cereus that is the nasty thing in cooked rice. Not only does it produce spores, but also a toxin that produces most of the symptoms, and isn't destroyed by heat.

I wouldn't risk it, but I'm an emetophobe.

jellycat Sun 19-Jun-11 15:32:24

I've had food poisoning from rice...it's very unpleasant! (from rice salad eaten at a function I attended).

I wouldn't eat it.

acsec Sun 19-Jun-11 15:47:14

I've had food poisoning before, but never from rice. I think if you worried about stuff like that you'd never eat anything.

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 19-Jun-11 17:26:27

hmm,well it certainly won't get refrigerated,it'll be stuck in his locker until home time !

boxoftricks Sun 19-Jun-11 17:30:44

really? thought kids were allowed to keep it refridgerated until home time. then there's lots of scrabbling to get it before gettin the bus! Thats how it works round these parts

Definately wouldnt eat if not been kept cold!

Danthe4th Sun 19-Jun-11 17:30:57

could he eat it for lunch or you go and collect it as soon as possible.
I remember being told not to reheat rice for babies but i've reheated rice for myself and never had a problem.

EggyAllenPoe Sun 19-Jun-11 17:37:25

if i was a caterer feeding thousands: i would worry about it.

for my own family: never a concern.

again nothing is ever guaranteed safe in life...

BecauseImWorthIt Sun 19-Jun-11 17:39:54

That's a real food safety issue, MAS - I'd be asking the school about that, and why it's not kept refrigerated until it's time to bring it home.

There are some things that are risky, and rice is one of them, as has been explained here - I'm surprised that the teacher doesn't know this!

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 19-Jun-11 17:56:14

thanks BIWI - I think I might do that- i'm not being neurotic, it's just that I have heard about the rice bacteria thing and it seems a bit of a worry.

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