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How long will risotto keep? Fridge or freezer?

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Holymoly321 Sun 07-Sep-08 15:43:17

Thats it really - am about to make some but will cut the recipe down if the extra won't keep.

madmarriedNika Sun 07-Sep-08 19:19:04

I think as far as I'm aware that you shouldn't keep rice for longer than 24hrs after cooking, and that it's not suitable for freezing. Rice is apparently one of the biggest causes of food poisoning (so my DH tells me)... Sorry!

Lubyloo Sun 07-Sep-08 19:20:28

No you shouldn't reheat rice. Big risk of food poisoning.

Seona1973 Sun 07-Sep-08 19:45:52

it will keep for 24 hours in the fridge(as long as you cool it quickly) and it freezes fine - we often store rissotto in the freezer for the kids (rice must be suitable for freezing or you wouldnt be able to buy frozen rice products). From the food standards agency:

I've heard that reheating rice can cause food poisoning. Is this true?

It's true that you could get food poisoning from eating reheated rice. But it's not actually the reheating that's the problem – it's the way the rice has been stored before reheating.

Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, bacteria that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. Then, if the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores will germinate into bacteria. These bacteria will multiply and may produce toxins (poisons) that cause vomiting or diarrhoea. Reheating the rice won't get rid of these toxins.

So, the longer cooked rice is left at room temperature, the more likely it is that bacteria, or the toxins they produce, could stop the rice being safe to eat.

It's best to serve rice when it has just been cooked. If that isn't possible, cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) and keep it in the fridge for no more than one day until reheating.

Remember that when you reheat any food, you should always check that it's piping hot all the way through, and avoid reheating more than once.

Holymoly321 Mon 08-Sep-08 09:58:25

thanks everyone - it all got eaten up anyway grin

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