Why You Should Never, Ever Eat Leftover Rice!

How to safely store your rice

When you cook rice, or bring it home in a doggy bag from your favorite Chinese joint, be sure to refrigerate it as soon as possible. From there, it should be safe to consume and reheat for another 4 days, provided it has been kept in an air-tight container

It’s also important to note that all foods—not just rice—will end up carrying less harmful stuff if they are cooled relatively quickly. The whole idea here is that you don’t want there to be any chance for bacteria to grow.

USDA’s rule of thumb is to cool the food as rapidly as possible. If the rice is staying on a warmer, (i.e. a rice cooker or slow cooker), be sure that it is being kept at at least 140°F. If that temperature drops, go ahead and store it in the fridge!

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You can even freeze your rice if you’d like; just make sure that you cook it thoroughly and follow the golden rule of refrigeration!

The guidelines definitely aren’t that difficult to follow, but they certainly are important to know! To learn more details on how you can best keep both you and your family safe when preparing rice at home, be sure to check out Life Hacker’s article here.

Did you know about rice’s hidden danger? Have you ever gotten sick from eating rice that has been left out? What is your favorite way to prepare this culinary staple? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!

Source: Tiphero.com