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Rice left out overnight!

Started 1347473686.01 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1347543523.733 by Baxjaxmom
Anyone know if it is OK to eat? It was in the turned off rice cooker for about 13 hours. I wondered if maybe it would be OK since it was just brown rice and water, but I don't want to be stupid either Any help?

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sophiamari­a21347474046.07395 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004cincinnati ohio

I would totally eat it...but I am the same person that left refrigerated calzones in my car for 4 hours and ask if anyone would still eat them (I threw them out).

Clover291347474177.68311534 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

The only two things I've ever had food poisoning from, are shrimp and rice. I would definitely not eat rice that's been left out overnight.

Ireland1347474273.447504 PostsRegistered 4/28/2007

Definitely throw it out. Rice is a common culprit in food poisoning because of a micro organism/bacteria that thrives in it. You can google it and get more info. I wouldn't eat it.

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TheWinner1347474279.561366 PostsRegistered 9/5/2012Planet Earth

Rice is the one food that gets bacteria very quickly---- this one of the heath test questions for food workers here in the state of Washington. Dump it out.

~~~ A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory...~~~

sophiamari­a21347474378.62395 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004cincinnati ohio

again... I'm a du mb as s{#emotions_dlg.blushing} I swear I woulda ate it...

so...driving home any distance with leftover chinese..could kill ya!

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chickenbutt1347474389.67327191 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

A while back I read that there is a type of bacteria that is specific to rice that is left out for more than two hours. It went on to say that that is why a lot of people have gotten sick after eating in Chinese restaurants that left the rice out.

If it was sealed up in a container AND if the house is kept particularly cool, you might be ok. But if the house is kept warmer (upper 60s and up) I would not chance it.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

toodles111347476721.75722 PostsRegistered 12/6/2010

No. They have actually said that Chinese resaurants need to be more careful about rice and how long and what temperature it is left at. Rice is not that expensive.

Clover291347476777.5811534 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

I never get a doggy bag if there are leftovers from my meal in a Chinese restaurant. Once bitten, twice shy (although my food poisoning was at Chichen Itza, not a Chinese restaurant). I'm paranoid about cooked rice now.

ivey1347477132.4633418 PostsRegistered 6/25/2007

Boy, I've just learned something. I just recently recalled getting food poisoning from a restaurant (I was really sick) and I always blamed it on the sausage in the red beans and rice I ate. Never even thought it could have been the rice.

Santorini1347477289.7037362 PostsRegistered 1/26/2007

Don't even risk it. You'd spend more than the $3 cost of the rice in a possible emergency room visit!

shoekitty1347507263.314962 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

My husband is Japanese, and we leave rice in the rice cooker for 2 days in cold weather. We totally rinse the rice for quite a while before cooking. My husband said his grandma who was from Japan, left Sushi out too. No one got sick. I don't know about that, but refrigeration wasn't an option then I guess.

I am pretty fussy about food prep and storage, but I guess the rice issue is something I learned from my husband, but I wouldn't recomend it to others. I would hate for anyone to get sick. But I would totally eat it after a day IF it hadn't been left in warm weather.

I had a food program through our church for 10 years. I had the food stored in our garage in a special area.The rice had to be stored either on pallets or in a separate cabinet off the ground. I had to have an inspector from the health dept come out every year and do a full analysis. I was told that improperly stored rice is the reason for illness from rice. And it is not a simple illness either. There is a disease the rice will get when exposed to extreme heat . I was under the impression that the bacteria or fungus grows on the rice before it is cooked (when it is dry), not after it is cooked.

We use organic rice, both brown and white medium grain. We buy small quantities (no more than 5lbs) because there is just the 2 of us. I store the rice in a lock and lock, and place that in a drawer that is dry and away from heat, or cold.

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boby1347538664.983110 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Chickenbutt et al: Those of you who have stated that rice should never be left out and eaten are SO right. Say what you will about MSG, but nutritionists have been convinced for some time that a lot of "Chinese restaurant syndrome" (sweats, cramps, fever) that used to be blamed on MSG came from rice that sat in a rice cooker for hours on end.

The only time I ever eat leftover rice at all is if it has been refrigerated quickly after cooking, and then I only use it for fried rice, for which you need rice that has been cooled.

Baxjaxmom1347543523.7332508 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't understand even having to ask the question. Good grief! Throw it out!

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