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    Cooked rice: How long to keep

    Does cooked rice go bad? How long can I keep cooked rice in the fridge and still be able to use it?

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    Not sure how long it will keep in the fridge before spoiling(a week maybe, less for brown rice??), but when I have extra rice from a meal, I do one of two things. . . I either use it to make fried rice or freeze it! Yep, rice freezes beautifully and it is so convenient to have on hand when you need it for a meal.


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    Sep 2006
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    From Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking, page 474:

    Cooked rice turns out to be a potential source of food poisoning. . . . If cooked rice is left for a few hours at room temperature, the [dormant spores of bacteria that are almost always in raw rice] germinate. . .

    He goes on for a bit about our rice vs. Japanese rice in terms of food safety, but the point is that it shouldn't be held too long at room temp. So if the rice you're asking about has been left on a buffet table, I'd toss it. McGee doesn't go into how long to keep it in the fridge, but I'd be careful not to keep it more than a few days--& then freeze it.
    If you're afraid of butter, use cream. ~~ Julia Child

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    Aug 2000
    We had a thread about this a couple of years ago and what I found was 3 days and it should be stored flat as in a ziptop bag flat.
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    Thanks! Glad to know about freezing rice. I'll do that next time. Also, thanks for the tip about storing flat in a bag. I just assumed I'd put it in a container.

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