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Can I save cooked cold boiled rice in the fridge and eat it tomorrow?

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will it be safe? heard rice can be dodgy. thanks.

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 08-Apr-08 21:48:59

Cool it down very quickly and put it into the fridge asap. Then when you re-heat it make sure it's absolutely nuclear hot before you serve it.

slng Tue 08-Apr-08 21:49:21

I do all the time - overnight for lunch/dinner the next day. But no longer.

StressTeddy Tue 08-Apr-08 21:49:24

I wouldn't. Not sure why but have always thought that rice shouldn't be kept
Sorry to be so vague as to why!!

fishie Tue 08-Apr-08 21:51:05

cool it quickly and fridge yes, but the bug which lives in rice cannot be killed by reheating. don't keep it for long.

jajas Tue 08-Apr-08 21:53:18

I'm dreadful, I eat rice that has been in the fridge for days and have never been ill. Have heard all the tales but must have just been lucky, I would certainly eat it the next day (and the next and the next blush)

cutekids Tue 08-Apr-08 21:55:21

I remember a nutritionist on "This Morning" saying that rice was the worst thing EVER for food-poisoning.That it should be cooked "properly" and eaten hot straight away. Remember being totally shocked as i've always loved cold curry takeaways-rice n all- in the morning!Plus Mum always used to cook rice and tell me to re-heat it the following day for when the family got home.

bramblebooks Tue 08-Apr-08 21:59:06

will never ever ever reheat rice ever again following the 'reheated curry when DH was away from home' incident, during which I was texting friends from the toilet so that my children could be taken to school.

moondog Tue 08-Apr-08 22:00:16

God, i eat tonnes of rice nad happily reheat it after 4/5 days.
Bramble,were you reheating rice cooked by someone else?

taliac Tue 08-Apr-08 22:02:14

from fsa website:

"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."

Thanks to whoever posted this on the earlier risotto thread where I first read it..

chunkychips Tue 08-Apr-08 22:35:53

There was something about this on the radio a few months ago, it's true that even high temperatures will not kill the bacteria, but that in india when they reuse rice they use turmeric as it's antibacterial. Not sure about that, but I've had not problem, don't use it if it's more than a day old though.

BarcodeZebra Tue 08-Apr-08 22:38:33

I used to cook a huge batch for my dog (not very MN this). Experience taught me that three days worth is the max.

It absolutely honks after that. You'll never do it again....

Overnight though, should be fine.

hairycaterpillar Tue 08-Apr-08 22:43:18

No No and NO! Having had food poisoning after reheating rice as a student I would never re-heat it.

TsarChasm Tue 08-Apr-08 22:55:49

I didn't know about rice bing so potentially dodgy until I read it on mn and have tried to be more careful since.

A question..What about rice cooled and made into a rice salad and eaten cold. Is that asking for trouble too?

bramblebooks Tue 08-Apr-08 22:58:46

YEP Moondog, I was. ewww it was horrific!

It's ok I got hungry and ate it already, I can't seem to fill myself up tonight! <rumble>

uberalice Wed 09-Apr-08 08:43:09

Can I add that the same applies to pulses? I got really awful d&v from a lentil dahl that I'd left out for too long before reheating. Never again!

FluffyMummy123 Wed 09-Apr-08 08:43:35

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mydhissocute Wed 09-Apr-08 09:43:44

Fried rice is made from cooled down cooked rice. Its better if the rice is a day old. Every chinese restaurant and takeaway in the world is reheating rice every day without poisoning people.

I already ate the rice, s'ok. grin No poisoning here, and I'm probably used to mildly poisoning myself with my regular cooking anyway, delia I ain't.

Twiglett Wed 09-Apr-08 10:15:29

people always bang on about rice .. I always refrigerate it and reheat it .. never been ill yet

I either tip a kettle of boiling water through it in a seive which heats and seperates it or I use it in stir fries

Oliveoil Wed 09-Apr-08 10:16:53


the best egg fried rice MUST be made with cooked cold rice imo

half the world does it and I don't see China keeling over with poisoning

MrsPuddleduck Wed 09-Apr-08 10:18:17

I do on the basis that I can buy it from the supermarket to heat up so surely it is safe with rice I have cooked and know has been kept properly.

I always cook too much rice and then freeze it in portion sized pots for the kids. Much quicker to defrost and heat up than boil a pan.

That's a great idea, willmouse! will try that, cheers.

Jahan Wed 09-Apr-08 16:24:17

We always eat reheated rice.
Most people I know do and I've never heard of anyone getting ill from it.

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