Reheating Rice Can Make You Seriously ill, How to keep it safe?


You over-ordered last night, didn’t you? It’s okay, we’ve all done it. You’ve opened the fridge to a tub of pilau rice and half a jalfrezi. And what looks like an onion bhaji. Oh, it’s a pakora. Disappointing.

It’s time to reheat yesterday’s dinner. You might even be hungover, which makes the whole thing even more pleasurable. But while you might be extra careful to ensure the chicken is piping hot, there are dangers lurking in your rice, too.

According to the NHS , and the Food Standards Agency, rice can give you serious food poisoning – as bad as meat, even.

The one item in your kitchen cupboard you should be storing upside down

The Food Standards Agency explains: “It’s not actually the reheating that’s the problem – it’s the way the rice has been stored before reheating.”

The good news is that it’s easily avoided. There are steps you can take in order to ensure you don’t encounter harmful bacteria. Mainly, it’s down to how the rice was stored after being cooked for the first time.

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