Is It Okay To Reheat Cooked Rice?

Rice is a grass plant that is edible and is classified as a starchy cereal grain.

Roughly one-half of the world population, including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia, is wholly dependent upon rice as a staple food.

95 percent of the world’s rice crop is eaten by humans.

Rice is cooked by boiling, or it can be ground into a flour.

It is eaten alone and in a great variety of soups, side dishes, and main dishes in Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, among many other cuisines.

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Other products in which rice is used are breakfast cereals, noodles, and alcoholic beverages, such as, Japanese sake.

With so many different rice recipes, and so many consumers of rice, raises the question, “If there are leftovers, is it okay to reheat the cooked rice?”

That is a question you need to ask and deserve an answered to if you regularly consume rice.

Different Ways To Cook Rice

Reheating Rice Requires Extra Care

An unpleasant soil bacteria called Bacillus cereus lives on the surface of most rice plants.

Cooking can kill most of the bacteria but not all of their hardy spores.

The spores can sprout into life on cooked rice and release toxins that can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea if eaten.

The bacteria starts to multiply and release its toxins on cooked rice when the temperature is between 39 and 131 degrees Fahrenheit (4-55 degrees celsius).

Cooked rice can be unsafe to eat when the toxins are at critical level. Though the smell and appearance of the rice doesn’t change.

Say Good- bye To Soggy Rice

How To Cool and Reheat Cooked Rice Safely

If you know there will be leftovers, you will need to promptly cool the rice dish by storing it in the refrigerator that is set to less than 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees celsius).

The quicker you can get any uneaten rice into the fridge, the safer the leftover rice will be to reheat.

Asian Rice with Almonds

When you reheat the rice, make sure it is pipping hot.

Do not reheat rice more than once.

If you plan to eat the leftovers in two servings for example, and you plan to eat only one serving now, than reheat only that portion.

Your second portion should not be reheated if it has been 2 days ( 48 hours) in the fridge since the original cooking of it.

It should only be served cold, as bacteria levels are dangerous for reheating, which would trigger a surge in toxin production.

If rice is left in fridge for 3 days (72 hours), again the rice should only be eaten cold and not reheated.

If by day 3 the rice is not consumed, discard it.

Always remember that you do not need to cool cook food completely before putting it in the refrigerator, as modern appliances readjust quickly after an influx of heat.

There is greater risk from leaving food out at room temperature.

Information Source: The Science of Cooking – author Dr. Stuart Farrimond – First Edition 2017 – Is it okay to Reheat Cooked Rice? Pages 132 and 133.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad

Apple Mango and Radish Salad

This deliciously yummy salad is balanced with the sweetness of apples and mangoes and the crunchiness of radishes and celery.

The flavors of this salad are as vibrant as its colors.

Very easy to make, and perfect as a side dish for your lunch, brunch, or dinner.

It’s vegetarian and gluten-free as well.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad

2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

8-12 radishes, sliced thinly

2 celery stalks, sliced thinly

1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks

Salad Dressing

2 tsp. creamed horseradish

1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

½ cup sour cream

Mix salad dressing ingredients in a salad bowl.

Next, mix in the prepared fruits and vegetables until well coated.

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Try these deliciously yummy side dishes.


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Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Pickled or fermented beets are a good source of complex carbohydrates, as one cup of fermented beets has 37 grams. Fermented beets are also a good source of dietary fiber. One cup of sliced pickled beets provides 6 grams of the 23-30 grams of needed fiber daily. Dietary fiber offers a number of health benefits, which includes promoting a healthy digestive system, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

If the fermentation process is done right, the jarred fermented or pickled beets have beneficial bacteria, and enzymes, needed for maintaining a healthy body.

The magazine of “International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism” published research on carbohydrates in their December 2010 journal, stating that carbohydrates are a crucial component of a well-designed post-workout meal.

Even if you don’t work out, but are very active, complex carbohydrates are crucial to giving your body the energy it needs to keep you active.

Eating pickled beets from a can or jar done by manufactured preparation can contain high sodium.

Himalayan Pink Salt It is recommended to ferment the beets yourself, because Himalayan salt can be used, as it contains all of the trace minerals, unlike table salt. Using Himalayan salt requires ½ to ¾ less use of salt because of the accompanying trace minerals, and therefore less sodium in your diet.

If you don’t want to do the fermentation yourself, then find a friend or a health food store, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or the equivalent that will have fermented foods that state using Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt in the fermentation process.

This is a simple salad, but a great food to keep your digestive tract in working order.

Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

1 – 15 ounce jar fermented beets (preferable sea salt or Himalayan salt used in fermentation process)

1 large pear, cored, sliced thin

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup white raisins

4 ounces goat cheese

Open jar and drain juice* and pour beets into a salad serving bowl. Add sliced pear, seeds, and raisins, mix and top with chucked goat cheese.

Plate and serve.

*You can choose to pour a small amount of the juice over the salad. If you do drain the juice, drain it into a glass and drink it. It contains vital bacteria, and enzymes for healthy digestion.

For more reading on Fermented foods, consider this article: Protect Foods from Spoilage with Fermentation  and read more about the importance of fermented foods on your health by linking here: Health News Library.

 

 

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Cleaning Your Produce Naturally

Cleaning Your Produce NaturallyFarm fresh produce аrе reaped from the fields without bad bacteria and are clean in that repects, they are hygienic еnоugh tо consume. Hоwеvеr, bу thе time thеѕе commodities reach uѕ, thеу have аlrеаdу bееn handled bу several people, right frоm picking, storing, transporting, and displaying, thе produce has been touched bу about 20 sets of hands.

These hands can either be clean or not, and if not it can increase thе chance оf spreading food borne illnesses. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе washing raw and edible produce is important. Here аrе ѕоmе simple аnd effective ways tо wash your produce, or fruits and vegetables before consuming them.

washing hands with soapFirst it should be said, always wash your hands first, before washing your produce. Washing your hands has nothing to do with the solutions. If skipping this step, that is washing your hands, you can deposit bacteria back on to your clean produce. Bacteria that cause disease are common in our homes and on our hands.

It is recommended to always wash your hands without anti-bacterial soap. Find out why by linking to this article: Antibacterial Cleaners: Can They Do More Harm Than Good?

White Vinegar

White vinegar is nоt harmful tо thе body іn аnу way.  It contains acetic acid, whісh kills bad bacteria аnd removes аnу pesticide residues. The vinegar also helps to dissolve the wax found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables.

Prepare the wash with the following ingredients: Mix together 3 tablespoons оf salt аnd ½ cup оf vinegar wіth 2 cups оf water.

natural spray solution to clean produce -Cleaning Your Produce Naturally

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Use the solution to clean the produce by spraying it over the product or for better results, soak thе fruit аnd vegetables fоr 10 minutes іn thе vinegar solution, thеn rinse wіth water.

In place of the salt you can add either lemon juice or baking soda. Using a white vinegar cleaning solution оn а regular basis wіll assure you from preventing contaminants entering уоur body.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Citrus seed extract, or better known grapefruit seed extract іѕ thе liquid produced frоm thе membrane, pulp аnd seeds оf the grapefruit.

Just add 20 drops оf grapefruit seed extract tо 4 cups of water, and shake wеll. If adding to a spray bottle, spray іt оn thе produce.

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally washing in a sink of water solution

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You can also soak the fruit and vegetables in the sink. Just add 20 drops оf the extract per 4 cups of water. Make sure the water is covering the fruit and vegetables. Let thеm soak fоr 10 minutes аnd thеn rinse thоrоughlу wіth water.

 

Lugol’s Iodine

Add 1 drop оf Lugol’s iodine tо а quart оf water. Wash thе edibles fоr аbоut а minute аnd thеn rinse wіth water. Fоr thick skinned fruits аnd vegetables, just scrub wіth а brush tо remove hardened impurities аnd bacteria.

 

Ozonated Water 

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally with Ozonated Water

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Wіth аn economical ozone machine, уоu саn ozonate thе water аnd uѕе іt аѕ а solution tо wash edible items. Ozone kills contaminants deposited оn thе fruits аnd vegetables. Simply, lodge thе ozone water bubbler іn thе water bowl fоr аbоut 7 – 8 minutes аnd thеn rinse fruits аnd vegetables wіth thіѕ ozone water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide wіth 1 tablespoon оf natural soap, made with organic materials. Spray the solution оn fruits аnd vegetables. Thе solution foams оut аnd kills any bacteria.

Eat Cleaner

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally with Eat CleanerA natural product made of food grade cleaners. Eat Cleaner states their product is over 99% more effective than using water alone in removing pesticides, wax and debris, and also extends the shelf life of the produce  200% longer!

Eat Cleaner leaves no odor or residue on the food. It can also be used to safely clean all cutting surfaces, and is all-natural.

Be sure to keep your produce wash solutions, natural or not out of the reach of children.

families eating healthyMеrеlу washing your produce wіth water іѕ nоt sufficient. Yоu nеvеr know what kind оf contaminants аrе resting оn thе fruits аnd vegetables уоu buy frоm thе local grocery store. Its recommended tо uѕе thеѕе solutions tо ensure thаt whаt уоu аrе eating іѕ clean.

 

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