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How long will cooked rice/cooked quinoa keep in the refrigerator?


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I tend to make my meals on the weekends or Monday/Tuesday as Wed-Thurs are usually extremely hectic.  It varies from week to week.  I currently have a nice stash of prepared frozen meals that I prepared myself.

My question is the stuff that goes with it (usually rice or quinoa)... how long will it keep in the refrigerator?  Or does it freeze okay as well once it's cooked?  Rice takes about an hour, quinoa less time but it's not nearly as convenient if I have to stop to prepare the rice/quinoa to go with my frozen meal.


Thanks!

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I was recently told (by a dietitian) that reheated rice is a major source of salmonella. You may want to do some research on this. Perhaps you should consider getting some microwavable ready rice (such as Uncle Ben's) which is usually ready in under a minute and is pretty good!

Rice keeps in my fridge for about two weeks.  It does dry out, though, even in an air-tight container, so you may want to sprinkle a bit of water on it when you reheat.

I imagine it would freeze pretty well, but I've not tried that.  Try a small amount and see.  And I've never dealt with quinoa, so maybe someone else will come along with info for that.

this is funny, this morning in a meeting we had this talk.  One of my bosses has "odd" habits with keeping food and said he ate sausages last night that he had for three weeks in his fridge.  He said rice keeps a month. EW. 

Anyhow, according to my paranoid habits I'd say you could make it on Sunday and be good til Friday.  I do that.  Also, I've never tried freezing it myself, but trader joe's sells pre-cooked frozen rice that I LOVE.  It comes in little bags.

Original Post by sarahjcpatton:

I was recently told (by a dietitian) that reheated rice is a major source of salmonella. You may want to do some research on this. Perhaps you should consider getting some microwavable ready rice (such as Uncle Ben's) which is usually ready in under a minute and is pretty good!

 I would think that if you reheat it thoroughly, it would be fine.

 

Two weeks is kinda my maximum for anything.

Original Post by sarahjcpatton:

I was recently told (by a dietitian) that reheated rice is a major source of salmonella. You may want to do some research on this. Perhaps you should consider getting some microwavable ready rice (such as Uncle Ben's) which is usually ready in under a minute and is pretty good!

 That seems really odd to me, and I'm having a hard time grasping how on earth it could get salmonella.  I'm not saying it couldn't but it seems odd.  I stay away from pre-packaged quick foods as they usually have a lot of salt and/or they just don't taste very good.  I don't like Uncle Ben's rice unfortunately.  :(

Sunday to Friday I can do.  I'll just make sure I make it Sunday night or Monday night or something.  I do have time to cook on Mondays.  :)

And now hopefully someone will come along with a quinoa answer.  :)

I keep both rice and quinoa in the fridge. I guess probably for about a week. Rice tends to dry out if stored in the fridge alone so I try to store it with the other part of the meal--meat, veggies and sauce. I've frozen rice/meat/veggie meals with no problem. I haven't tried storing it for longer than a week because we always eat it. Quinoa is a lot nicer to store in the fridge--it doesn't seem to dry out as much. I haven't tried freezing it, since I only recently started eating it and currently just prepare meals daily instead of freezing it due to having the time/energy to do so.

 

sokkies

Hi,

I tend to do the same. I make brown rice and quinoa and always make extra to freeze for the days I don't have time to make fresh. Both rice and quinoa freeze very well, I freeze them in single serving containers and just heat in the microwave after sprinkling a little water.

 

I feed my two spoiled rotten dogs cooked white rice all the time...I freeze immediately and use a container unthawed over time (about a week in the fridge).  It hasnt gone bad...tastes fine.

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

 

From the Food Standards Agency website.

http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/asksam/keepingfoods afe/asksamcooking/

Brown rice keeps better in the refrigerator, at least as far as taste/texture are concerned.  I don't know about the food safety aspect, but a little common sense goes a long way in preventing food-borne illness.  I've certainly kept rice and quinoa chilled for a week with absolutely no problems.

Original Post by sarahjcpatton:

I was recently told (by a dietitian) that reheated rice is a major source of salmonella. You may want to do some research on this. Perhaps you should consider getting some microwavable ready rice (such as Uncle Ben's) which is usually ready in under a minute and is pretty good!

I was told once by a dietitian that I could easiely maintain my weight on 1300-1400 calories a day.  I laughed.

 

Just as many others have said, it should last a week in the fridge, two tops. And be sure to pack up the extra portions when you're done cooking, to avoid having them sit on the countertop for a couple of hours.

Leftovers always last 3 days.

How about overcooked quinoa? That is, rather mushy instead of fluffy.

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