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Reheating frozen pilau
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:53 AM »
Hi

Question for those who make pilau in batches and then freeze -

Do you ( can you ) microwave straight from frozen or does it need to be defrosted first?

If from frozen - how long in microwave 750 +

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012, 12:07 PM »
Yes, microwave straight from frozen for 3 mins in my 800W microwave, this based on a "standard" 550ml takeaway sized plastic tray.
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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2012, 03:01 PM »
Do make sure your rice is piping hot when you reheat it in order to kill off all bacillus cereus !

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2012, 03:42 PM »
Do make sure your rice is piping hot when you reheat it in order to kill off all bacillus cereus !
Ever piping hot won't destroy the emetic toxins, though, if they are present, whence the recommendation to chill and freeze the rice a.s.a.p., before the toxins can develop [1].

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 09:09 PM »
Good link that Phil, thanks. Quite clearly written although I'm not sure what to make of the reference to keeping rice in the fridge at below 4 deg C. I thought 8 deg C was a normal fridge temperature?
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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2012, 10:40 PM »
I think 0-5 is recommended fridge temps, at least according to my fridge thermometer.

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2012, 10:44 PM »
I think 0-5 is recommended fridge temps, at least according to my fridge thermometer.

5oC is generally recommended, but I keep mine at 4oc and find it greatly prolongs the life of some items.  Zero C is definitely too low !
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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 09:38 AM »
Nice link, Phil.

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2012, 10:33 AM »
Phil, why is 0C too low?

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Re: Reheating frozen pilau
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012, 10:41 AM »
Phil, why is 0C too low?
Well, just because it is a 'fridge and not a freezer, really.  If you take a liquid out the 'fridge, you expect to be able to pour it straight away, not have to wait for it to defrost.  Even running mine at 4oC, there are colder regions (e.g., right against the back, where the cooler pipes run) that can part-freeze liquids stored there; at zero C they would freeze for sure. 

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