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Elizabeth245 Tue 01-Oct-19 12:36:53

I've started food prepping in order to eat healthier and lose a bit of weight. I made some lean in 15 lasagne last night and had some for dinner (left the leftovers in the pyrex dish for about 4 hours) and then portioned this out into plastic tubs and put in the fridge. I want to have this for dinner again tonight, did I store it correctly or allow it too cool long enough (or perhaps not long enough)? I'm a little paranoid when it comes to food safety blush.

Also I'd like to make chicken, broccoli and rice but not sure the best way to store and reheat the rice? Help please!!

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dementedpixie Tue 01-Oct-19 12:41:50

Lasagne will be fine. Re, rice - once cooked it should be cooled quickly and put in the fridge with in 1 hour. Reheat to piping hot when eating it

marchez Mon 07-Oct-19 23:49:57

You can also buy a probe from Amazon for next to nothing, will help you ensure food is at the right temperature.

Such as this..

www.amazon.co.uk/ThermoPro-Instant-Thermometer-Stainless-Included/dp/B01LXI5HYH/ref=sr_1_12?smid=A3OQHHR0H3SMZM&keywords=food+probe&tag=mumsnetforu03-21&qid=1570488540&sr=8-12

Not used this one, so do your research first as this one might be rubbish! Link just for example

MrsPellegrinoPetrichor Mon 07-Oct-19 23:59:48

Lasagne will be fine.

Yes, cook and cool rice fast and in the fridge within an hour and reheat thoroughly. I wouldn't keep it more than a day.

Myshitisreal Tue 08-Oct-19 18:44:59

I keep rice up to 3 days in the fridge. A long as its cooled safely and refrigerated as soon as you can then it will be grand. Reheat to piping hot of course. We have been doing this for years 😊

handbagsatdawn33 Tue 08-Oct-19 19:33:32

There's a balance between cooling food quickly & putting warm food in the fridge when it will raise the temperature of other foods.

Rice is a particular problem, I run cooked rice under a cold tap, drain well & then refrigerate.

Other foods I'll put the dish in a cold water bath to reduce the temp quickly before covering & putting in the fridge - & possibly later in the freezer.

TinklyLittleLaugh Wed 09-Oct-19 13:00:25

You are supposed to cool rice quickly before storing it. However its not the rice going off as such that is a problem. The rice gives off a toxin if it is incorrectly stored and gets too warm. Reheating the rice to piping hot will not destroy this in the way it would destroy bacteria in a stew for instance.

OneHanded Wed 09-Oct-19 13:04:06

We’re a family of leave it on\in the oven or microwave for a day or two before eating (sometimes not even reheating first). No one ever sick from it.
There’s no ingredients there anyway that would make me proceed with caution (ie. heat really well, sniff and poke!)

MrsPellegrinoPetrichor Wed 09-Oct-19 14:18:15

God,that's rankenvy

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