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Quiz Show - TCS (temperature controlled for safety) or Shelf Stable? Horchata

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

The term 'TCS' is often used to refer to food that either requires temperature or time control for food safety and 7 day date marking. So let the games begin and test your knowledge.


Horchata, is a delicious grain-based drink where the rice is soaked, blended and then strained. Typically some other tasty ingredients are added like cinnamon and sugar. Shelf stable or TCS food?

Answer: Yes, horchata is a TCS food. When the rice is soaked in water and during the blending process, an environment conducive for the growth of Bacillus cereus is created.  The same would apply when rice flour is used instead of rice kernels. 



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