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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

RICE, WHITE — COOKED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 4-6 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 6 months
Tips
  • How long does cooked white rice last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate rice within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked rice, refrigerate in covered airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
  • Properly stored, cooked rice will last for 4 to 6 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can cooked rice be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; rice should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked rice, freeze it; freeze rice in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does cooked rice last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked rice that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if rice is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the rice; discard any rice with an off smell or appearance, do not taste the cooked rice first.

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