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freezing rice?

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mothersmilk Sat 06-Jun-09 15:06:55

want to do some meals with rice for ds can i freeze them what are the rules on re-heating rice? this is regular rice im talking about can anyone help

whomovedmychocolate Sat 06-Jun-09 22:03:54

It need to be piping hot - rice can harbour bugs as I'm sure you know but there is no reason not to freeze it.

Seona1973 Sun 07-Jun-09 16:52:31

it is how it is stored before freezing that is the issue rather than the freezing itself. If it is left at room temperature too long bacteria in the rice produce toxins that wont be destroyed by reheating. If you cool and freeze the rice quickly then you will be fine.

from the food standards agency:

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 steaming hot all the way through, and avoid reheating more than once.

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