Can I eat my leftover rice cold?

I’m on a road trip and I have packed some leftover white rice in our cooler for my lunch. I’m not able to reheat it so I’m planning on Just eating it cold, I heard rice can give people food poisoning if it’s not eaten properly so I’m wondering if eating leftover cooked rice without heating it first could make me sick? 10 more hours of driving tomorrow and I don’t want to risk it.

18 Answers

    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    "CAN" I eat my leftover rice cold ?

    a person CAN if they desire to one did say "MY" rice

    as to a more specific question does "COLD" rice have the potential to acquire HARMFUL bacteria that might cause FOOD POISONING such as SALMONELLA

    SALMONELLA requires a temperature between 43 to 115 degrees to Thrive ... so if ones "COLD " is below 43 degrees it is considered safe .... salmonella is more related to meat and dairy .

    .. where as E COLI thrives in foods at a temp of 37 to 113 degrees and is usually a human induced contamination

    due to POOR HAND WASHING and human or animal evacuation ( FECES ) likes the HUMAN body temp of 98.6 can double ( reproduce ) every 20 minutes

    HOW about take a BREAK after 5 hours to stretch your legs possibly use the bathroom and eat at a restaurant or drive thru

    you would probably have to STOP the car anyway if one was going to eat the white rice and then wont need to pack a cooler

  • 1 year ago

    There's no problem if you keep it below 40° or over 165°. The interval between temperatures are conducive to bacterial growth.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    danger zone is 40-140

  • GFH
    Lv 5
    1 year ago

    Yes, it is okay to eat leftover rice cold

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    I've eaten cold rice mixed with added chopped tomato, cucumber, red onion, with a lemon / vinegarette dressing for a savory rice salad.

    Leftover cold rice pudding, I love it! In fact I prefer 'cold' rice pudding.

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    YES!!! Cold cooked rice served with Rice Pudding --

  • 1 year ago

    As long as it has remained cool/cold the rice is fine.

    If you want it as more of a dessert add some sugar, a bit of milk for a take on rice pudding. Won't be the same without the eggs but it will do.

  • 1 year ago

    It's fine. How do you think they serve sushi?

  • 1 year ago

    Total myth. Rice is about as healthful as any food can get. I often eat left over white rice with milk and brown sugar or maple syrup as cereal for breakfast. Haven't died yet...I'm 83 yo.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    if youre not sure i wouldnt eat it

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