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I have a recipe for Mexican horchata, which is a kind of smoothie made with rice. However, it doesn't specify how long I can store it for, and as rice can be dangerous if stored incorrectly I don't want to risk it. Any ideas how long I can keep it for?

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Maybe worth putting the word "rice" in the title to disambiguate which type of horchata you're asking about. –  Peter Taylor May 3 '12 at 9:15
    
I imagine the sugar in horchata will have a faster impact on it going bad than the rice. Most sweet beverages will begin to turn after only a day or two--depending on temperature, etc. –  Flimzy May 4 '12 at 3:39
    
I'm also curious about your "smoothie" claim... I've never had horchata that had a consistency any thicker than thin milk. Is this a different variety of horchata you're making? –  Flimzy May 4 '12 at 3:40
    
Sugar is a preservative, so if anything it will help the horchata keep longer. As for the smoothie, it was more a reference to the fact that you blitz milk, rice and various ingredients together rather than a claim of consistency. –  ElendilTheTall May 4 '12 at 6:21
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At least one recipe specifies “horchata will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days,” another “up to four days,” others more vaguely “a few days” or “several days.” Note that it also depends on whether the recipe you're using adds milk or not, if it “is made without milk it will keep in the frig for various days.” Probably the best piece of advice is this one:

Horchata will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days; use common sense.

From: http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/03/homemade-horchata.html

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