Looking for a recipe for egg fried rice, every single one I have come across so far is telling me to leave the rice to go cold before frying it. Have I missed something? I thought leaving rice to go cold and then re-heating was a no-no for food poisoning?? Enlighten me someone?
It's better to use cold rice as it sticks together less than fresh hot rice when you fry it. Leaving rice to cool down of its own accord is ok, but then it should be put in the fridge as soon as possible - just want to avoid leaving it out for hours on end in a warm atmosphere for food poisoning.
You can cool down rice pretty quickly just by laying it out on a baking sheet and shoving in the fridge for a bit.
However, I generally just use easy cook rice and the absorption method and my rice isn't all that sticky. So just use it hot. Actually....even if it is sticky I usually just lob it in . Only generally use cold rice if the rice is leftover or there's been an element of planning to my dinner (ie rare as hens teeth!)
I make fried rice with frozen long grain rice. I boil the rice, drain thoroughly and spread thinly on baking trays. Freeze and once rice is fully frozen put into a freezer bag. If there are some lumps of rice I hit the bag against the bench and this loosens the grains. Put back in freezer and just take the amount you need for recipe. You can also buy frozen rice.
Wouldn't worry too much - we use leftover rice from the previous day as long as was put in fridge quickly after cooking. It's how it's done in China and they seem to still be alive. Jasmine rice is best.