Food Safety Tips|Food Storage|Food Spoilage
Safely store & reheat cooked food, avoid food spoilage & food poisoning
Question: How long can we keep cooked quinoa, in the refrigerator or at room temperature? Does it go bad?
Thank you – C.B.
Food Storage Safety Tips:
Hi C.B., Everything goes bad, sooner rather than later!
Cooked grains, including quinoa, are no exception. Every day of storage in the fridge reduces the food value by half and doubles the food spoilage rate – or something along those lines.
Letting any food sit out at room temperature for several hours is an invitation to food poisoning.
Refrigerate leftover quinoa or other grains in a tightly sealed storage container soon after cooking. If you’re in a hurry, and have room, you can just put the pan in the fridge (covered with a lid) for a few hours or until the next meal.
My rule for left over grains is 2 days in the fridge. To store them longer, freeze in tightly packed small storage containers for up to a month.
Thaw by steaming with a little water on low in a covered pot or in a microwave using a glass dish, or set the storage container in hot water, changing every 1/2 hour.
Once the grain reaches room temperature, don’t let it sit around for long.
I’ve read that most cases of “stomach flu” are actually food poisoning, and that in fact there is no such thing as stomach flu.
I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but food poisoning is nothing to fool around with – that’s for sure.
You could be lucky, and go years without a problem, doing what you’ve always done for food storage, but it only takes one time where your luck runs out to land you in the hospital with food poisoning.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian