How long does leftover fried rice (Chinese food) last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate fried rice within two hours of cooking or purchasing.
To maximize the shelf life of leftover fried rice for safety and quality, refrigerate the fried rice in airtight containers.
Properly stored, leftover fried rice will last for 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator.
To further extend the shelf life of leftover fried rice, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
How long does leftover fried rice last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — leftover fried rice that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does leftover fried rice last after being frozen and thawed? Leftover fried rice that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; fried rice that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How long can leftover fried rice be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; leftover fried rice should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
How to tell if leftover fried rice is bad? If leftover fried rice develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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