Food safety tips for enjoying Chinese Glutinous Rice Dumplings or Zongzi (粽子).

How long can I keep rice dumplings?

Fresh rice dumplings can be kept in the refrigerator for two to three days before consumption.

Can rice dumplings be stored in the freezer?

Yes, rice dumplings can be frozen and they should be consumed within one month.

Should frozen rice dumplings be defrosted before steaming?

Yes, they should be defrosted fully before steaming to prevent having diarrhea from insufficient heating.

How long do you need to steam rice dumplings before consumption?

According to Su Hsiu-yueh, a nutritionist from Taipei Medical University Hospital, small rice dumplings should be steamed for at least 20 minutes and bigger ones for 40 minutes to ensure they are heated sufficiently. Consuming insufficiently heated rice dumplings can cause diarrhea.