We all have leftover rice in the fridge at some point, whether you have made too much or you had some leftover from Chinese take out. If you leave cooked rice in the fridge for too long it can get hard, stale or even grow mold. But did you know that you can extend the life of cooked rice?
How long does rice last once it is cooked?
In the refrigerator rice can last up to 4 – 6 days, so if you plan to use your left over rice within that time frame, it will be safe to eat. To maximize the shelf life of cooked rice, refrigerate it in a covered airtight container.
How to bring life back to your rice?
Have you taken your rice put it in the microwave and the rice doesn’t have the same fluffy texture? What you didn’t realize is that rice kind of gets dehydrated. When you microwave rice the little moisture that is left in the grains of rice evaporates, leaving your rice kinda blah… so how do we fix this?
- In a microwave safe container like Tupperware, add 3 tablespoons of water (per each cup of cooked rice.)
- Put a lid over the container off to the side to so that steam can be released
- Microwave on high power allow about 1 minute for each cup of rice being reheated
- Remove lid and fluff rice.
- For an added precaution take the time to smell your rice, it should smell like rice, if it smell foul you can assume that the rice is bad, If so make sure to dispose of the rice right away.
Can I store cooked rice in a freezer?
To further extend the shelf life of cooked rice, just freeze it in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Storing your cooked rice in the freezer can further extend the life of your rice for up to eight months. If, for whatever reason you have a freezer that can maintain a frozen temperature of 0° F then your rice will last forever! (That’s pretty cool).
How long does cooked rice last at room temperature?
Bacteria can grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F. Cooked rice should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.