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Old 01-15-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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Keeping rice warm - how long in a rice cooker?

How long can I keep warm cooked rice in a rice cooker?

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Old 01-15-2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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The rice cooker should kick into a holding mode after cooking. Rice insulates itself rather well so I would imagine with the holding mode, it can hold for at least an hour or two. Depends on how fast it is being served too..
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:14 AM   #3
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If the "holding temp" is between 40 - 140 F - less than an hour is more ideal, but 2 at most.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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If the "holding temp" is between 40 - 140 F - less than an hour is more ideal, but 2 at most.
I'd say 2 is pushing it. You need to be very careful with rice becasue it can harbor bacillus bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:35 PM   #5
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If your rice cooker reverts to a "keep warm" cycle after cooking, it will maintain the rice at a constant serving temperature until you eat it all. Two hours is not unheard of, except at my house. Nothing edible survives 2 hours at my house.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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Busy people always throw rice and water in rice cooker before they leave home so that they can eat it without waiting after they come back. So, keeping cooked rice warm for half a day is not a big problem.
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:25 PM   #7
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Busy people always throw rice and water in rice cooker before they leave home so that they can eat it without waiting after they come back. So, keeping cooked rice warm for half a day is not a big problem.
As long as its kept above 140 degrees, otherwise it can give you food poisoning.
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It needs to be out of the temperature danger zone. If in the zone, it is a ripe breeding round for all sorts of lil nasties.

Food Safety: What is the temperature danger zone?
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #9
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The instructions in my rice cooker say that it will keep it warm and ready to eat for 12 hours and then there is an extended keep warm setting that will keep it warm for something like 20 hours or so. I eat my rice as soon as it is ready, or close to it, so I have never had reason to use that feature.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:50 AM   #10
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All I know is if I leave my rice cooker in warm mode I tend to get brown and crispy rice at the bottom and sides...

My rice cooker is a cheap model though so I think it's just set too high on 'warm'.
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