Much like pasta, rice is one of those foods you tend to make in a large batch, and you always end up with a ton of left over to eat for later and the next day. What people don’t know is that there’s a proper way to store rice after you cook it. If not done correctly, the rice could develop bacteria that can potentially cause food poisoning. But don’t be alarmed, there’s a way to prevent this from happening.

Cooked Rice Can Potentially Cause Food Poising

Uncooked rice contains cells that are called Bacillus cereus. When rice is cooked, these cells don’t necessarily die, and they’re able to quickly reproduce when rice sits at room temperature. That leaves the spores to grow into bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning.

The National Health Service recommends that cooked rice should NOT be left at room temperature for more than an hour. What you can do is place cooked rice in the fridge as soon as possible. That way, you can enjoy it the following day as left-over food without any harmful bacteria in it.

Just as important as storing rice is the way it is cooked. Here’s are six simple tips when cooking rice that will always have it turn out fluffy and perfect.

 Six Tips for Fluffy and Perfect Rice

  1. If you don’t have a rice cooker, use a pot with a heavy bottom to prevent the rice from burning.
  2. Use a little more than a cup of water or broth to one cup of rice. If there isn’t enough liquid to cook the rice, you could end up with hard-textured rice that can stick to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add salt to the broth or water while the rice is simmering. Don’t wait until it’s fully cooked.
  4. Do not stir the rice while it is cooking. Keep it covered and on a low simmer.
  5. Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and keep the lid for another 10 minutes before tossing it with a fork.
  6. If you have left-overs, put it in an air tight glass container and store the rice in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it again.


Let us know if this information helped you understand the best way to store cooked rice.