How long can fried rice stay in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can fried rice stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of fried rice. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store fried rice.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can fried rice stay in the fridge?

Fried rice can last for about 5-7 days when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag but it is recommended to use fried rice within 3-4 days to enjoy their optimum taste and quality. 

Thus, the cold temperature of the fridge will decrease the rate of bacterial growth and will subsequently prolong the shelf life of your fried rice.

The proper way to store your fried rice in the fridge is to put it in the air-tight container or zip lock bag once you have cooled it thoroughly at room temperature. It is best practice to refrigerate the leftovers of your fried rice within 2 hours after the rice is being cooked. 

How long does fried rice stay at room temperature?

Fried rice lasts for about 2 hours when kept out at room temperature. 

You should discard the fried rice that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the fried rice is already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard fried rice that is left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long does fried rice last in the freezer?

Fried rice if kept in an air-tight container or air-tight bag in the freezer can last for about 6 months provided that it was stored properly but it is recommended to use your frozen fried rice within the first 1-the 2 months to enjoy its optimum flavor and quality. 

Thus keeping the fried rice in the freezer will increase its shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on fried rice.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of the fried rice.

How to thaw frozen fried rice properly?

You can thaw frozen fried rice by leaving them in the fridge overnight. The fried rice that you thaw in the fridge can stay there for 3-4 days before you decide to reheat and eat it.

Once you have thawed the frozen rice in the refrigerator overnight, now comes the time to reheat and eat them. So you can either reheat the cooked rice on the stove or in the microwave.

On the stove

So take out your refrigerated cooked rice. Take a pan and put it on the stove. Add cooked rice to it. Afterward, add some water to it (for each cup of cooked rice you have to add 2 tbsp of water). Cover the rice and let them heat for some time at a low flame with occasional stirring so that all the rice will get optimally hot.

In the microwave

So take your refrigerated cooked rice and place them in the oven in a microwave-friendly bowl. Add some water to it (for each cup of cooked rice you have to add 2 tbsp of water). Now microwave the rice on high power for about 1-2 minutes per cup of rice.

Moreover, you can also directly thaw and reheat your frozen cooked rice in the microwave but the rice thawed and reheated this way should be consumed immediately.

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Can I refrigerate the reheated fried rice?

So once you have reheated the fried rice, you should never refrigerate it. As when you reheat the fried rice, its temperature rises more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and we know that bacteria grows at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So the bacteria will find their way to your fried rice and you should never refrigerate the reheated fried rice.

You can read how to make fried rice here.

Tips to properly store fried rice

  1. You should always store your fried rice at 40°F or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore it is always advised to store your fried rice at a lower temperature.
  1. It is a good practice to store fried rice on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge that can mess up the quality of fried rice.
  1. One thing to keep in mind is to let your fried rice cool thoroughly before putting it in the container or the zip-lock bag. If you put steaming hot fried rice in these airtight bags or containers, the moisture will build up inside them which can provide suitable conditions for the bacteria to grow.
  1. Thaw the fried rice properly before reheating it. If you are thawing your fried rice by keeping it in the refrigerator then you can reheat and utilize it within 3-4 days but if you are directly thawing and reheating it in the microwave it is recommended to consume it immediately.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can fried rice stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of fried rice. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store fried rice.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16830#:~:text=To%20maximize%20the%20shelf%20life,7%20days%20in%20the%20refrigerator.

https://frugalinsa.com/fry/question-how-long-can-egg-fried-rice-last-in-the-fridge.html

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/can-reheating-rice-cause-food-poisoning/

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