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cb1 Jun 6, 2013 05:33 PM

I have a container of white rice from a take-out place that's a week old. Would you still use it? Was getting ready to throw it out for trash day tomorrow and then I thought some fried rice using the leftover veggies in the fridge with an egg mixed in would be good....just not sure about the rice. It's still in the cardboard container, so it hasn't been sealed tight.

What say you......eat or pitch?

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    valerie Jun 6, 2013 06:42 PM

    If you don't use it by tomorrow, throw it out. I have been known to keep chinese white rice for about a week and then mix it in with something. Nobody has ever died eating it! But after a week, that just seems like it's time for it to go.

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      ePressureCooker Jun 6, 2013 08:35 PM

      I'd say that's more a function of what temperature you keep your refrigerator. I've seen news spots where they say 3 days in the fridge, that's it, for all food, but if you keep your refrigerator on the coldest setting, presumably close to freezing, you could probably get away with a week.

      1. greygarious Jun 6, 2013 09:04 PM

        I think your window is about to close but you can still use it if it doesn't smell or taste off. You *want* dry rice for fried rice, so it's a good opportunity.

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          The Professor Jun 6, 2013 10:19 PM

          +1...I've kept it for as long as a week and a half with no problems. You can always throw it in the freezer too...I've done that many times.

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          ricepad Jun 6, 2013 10:54 PM

          I'd fry it up and eat it.

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            youareabunny Jun 7, 2013 12:31 AM

            You can google rice and bacteria. My friends niece has cancer and is only allowed to eat rice that has been cooked within the past 15 minutes.

            Of course this is an extreme case but week old take-out rice is a little fishy. You probably won't get sick or anything but its just 50cents your tossing.

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              tzurriz Jun 7, 2013 08:09 AM

              Let me guess, you're in the UK (or your friend is), right? There seems to be a great deal of concern over rice in the U.K., much more so than anywhere else in the world. Apparently (from what I've been told), home-ec classes in Britain used to teach that rice couldn't be saved as leftovers for any length of time!

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                youareabunny Jun 8, 2013 02:26 PM

                USA, actually. Like I said, this is a case of a child with cancer so concern is a bit, or very, higher than for most folks.

                Leftovers in general I give 3 days.

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                willownt Jun 7, 2013 09:47 AM

                A big issue with bacterial growth in leftover rice involves rice sitting at room temperature for hours after cooking, before being refrigerated; we don't know how the package was handled last week or how cold your frig is, and that makes some difference, although honestly week-old take out rice just doesn't sound appealing to me.

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                  eatzalot Jun 8, 2013 01:57 PM

                  willownt has it. Hereabouts, restaurant health inspections can cite restaurants even for cooling it in portions too deep (because it doesn't then cool quickly enough). I recall the limit as 4 inches (10 cm).

                  One thing about foodborne pathogens is that the ones that cause trouble when you eat them directly are also vulnerable to heat. 15 minutes at boiling temp. is pretty decisive (I'm told by an expert). So, though I'm careful to cool and chill leftover rice ASAP, if I have some in the fridge that's getting a bit elderly, I first check it for obvious spoilage (odor or visible mold), then use it in a soup, like jook (congee), the Chinese rice gruel -- where it gets long further cooking anyway, to soften and break down.

              3. ipsedixit Jun 7, 2013 12:43 AM

                You're fine.

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                  hotoynoodle Jun 8, 2013 02:56 PM

                  i've eaten take-out rice over a week-old many times. not dead yet.

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                  Tam38 Jun 7, 2013 07:57 AM

                  Stilltasty.com says 4-6 days. I've kept it 6 days with no problem.

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