Cooked Rice Can Make You Sick If You Don't Store It Like This

The spores don't germinate and grow until you add water, at which point they become active. Unfortunately, cooking doesn't destroy the bacteria's toxin or the heat-resistant spores.

Cooking Not Enough To Kill Spores Or Toxins

The Bacillus cereus bacteria grow and flourish in the moist, warm environment after the rice has been cooked, especially when other bacteria that may have been present at first have been eliminated by cooking.

Cooking Not Enough To Kill Spores Or Toxins

According to Ms. Moir, fried rice was a common cause of this type of food poisoning in the 1970s, but it's less common now. Restaurants used to steam rice one day, then leave it out overnight to continue cooking as fried rice the next.

No more dodgy fried rice

If you are cooking rice that is not going to be eaten straight away, Ms Moir suggests waiting until the steam stops rising, then cover the rice and put it in the fridge.

Cooking rice for later

This aids in keeping it as far away from the 5 to 60 degree Celsius danger zone for food as possible. Putting large amounts of hot rice into shallow trays less than 10 cm deep helps it cool more quickly, but Ms. Moir cautions against stacking the containers until the rice is completely cool.

Cooking rice for later

To minimise the impact of hot rice on the temperature inside your fridge, put frozen ice bricks on top of the containers while they cool.

Cooking rice for later

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