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Can rice go off?
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Posted 19 March 2007 - 02:45 PM
I am just cooking dinner, it is a recipe base thing with chicken, and aborio rice, want the easy route tonight. Anyway, I have prepared it and put it in the oven, when I think maybe I should look for a use by date on the rice, as I haven't used it for a while.
To my suprise it has a "best before" date of months ago.
Now I don't know what to do. It looked alright! Can rice actually go "off" and hurt us?
Ah, it's one of those days, truly!
Posted 19 March 2007 - 04:40 PM
I've kept rice for over a yr and a half no problem. But rice is best used within 3 months of buying.
We buy our rice from the asian grocers, they don't come with use by dates. So we just use until it's all gone then buy another bag, though normally we don't have them for that long lol.
Posted 19 March 2007 - 04:46 PM
I've used alborio rice that must have been 2 years old (no idea - it was in a container and I dont use it much) and we were all fine. I didnt notice anything different about it before it went into the pot
Posted 20 March 2007 - 08:29 AM
DH works in "the industry" and he says that "Best Before" is just an indication, you only really need to worry about the "USE BY" date....
I think rice keeps well when uncooked.. However, if it's cooked you have to be very careful about reheating it too many times and getting it really hot when you reheat, and putting it in the fridge before it gets cold..... etc etc.
Cooked rice is especially bad for harbouring bad bacteria and giving you food poisoning!
Posted 20 March 2007 - 01:20 PM
Rice will loose quality after its Best Before Date. It can often go rancid. This will NOT effect the nutrition but might impact on the taste or odour.
If the rice smells OK then go ahead and use it
Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:33 PM
i remember years ago, my grandfather, i 'm sure he was hauding rice for ww3..anyway..He passed away and the rice was fine 3 years later after he bought it!!It was stored in glass containers... As long as no creapy crawleys get in it! But cook rice does go off!
Edited by keanealicia, 23 March 2007 - 03:34 PM.
Posted 23 March 2007 - 06:09 PM
Agree with the other pp's that best before is a suggestion whereas use by is more rigid as may impact on your health.
Rice goes rancid but i think you would have smelled it and it wont hurt you anyway.
I always eat thing way after the best before date and ive never had a problem.
Hope you enjoy your dinner
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