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    Evening,

    I'm trying to make my lunches at university more nutritious and so I have learnt to cook brown rice.

    I've heard from a lot of people rice can commonly give you food poisoning if not stored correctly - a big phobia of mine (weird I know)

    Once I cook the rice tonight, do I put it straight into the fridge in a tupperware container? In the morning do I need to bring it with ice packs? It will be out of the fridge between 7:30am and 1:20pm.


    Also, could I have issues if I don't cook it properly?


    Sorry I have a phobia of food poisoning, appreciate the help!
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    The risk with rice is that slow cooling from cooking temperature allow spores of Bacillus cereus to regenerate and produce a toxin. So, cook the rice, then cool it quickly with cold water, either directy or with the rice in a bag or container submerged in cold water. Then refrigerate it at ~4oC. The next day you can serve it for your lunch - up to 4 hour storage at room temperature after taking it out of the fridge will be ok. For the 6 hours you suggest an insultated container or ice packs would be best. The rice does not need to be reheated for food safety, but if you want to it is fine to reheat in a microwave.
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    Perfect thank you =]
 
 
 
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