How to freeze cooked rice

Written by katie leigh
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Rice, particularly brown rice, is a heart-healthy addition to any meal. However, because it takes nearly an hour to cook rice, it can be a tough menu item to include on a regular basis. Freezing individual portions of cooked rice is a good way to ensure this side dish is always on hand and microwave-ready. This rice comes out fluffy, fresh and delicious.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Brown or white rice
  • Pot with a lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Microwave-safe zip-top freezer bags

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  1. 1

    Measure as much rice as desired into a pot and cook according to the instructions on the package. Consult the packaging to determine how much water to add. Remove the rice from the heat about 5 minutes before it is finished cooking. The rice will finish cooking when it is reheated in the microwave.

  2. 2

    Let the rice cool uncovered for 30 minutes, or until it is nearly room temperature.

  3. 3

    Measure the rice into 1-cup batches. Pour each cup of rice into a separate zip-top bag.

  4. 4

    Lay the bags down flat on a table or countertop. Press gently on the bags to smooth and flatten the rice and release as much air as possible. Seal the bags.

  5. 5

    Place the bags of rice on their sides in the freezer.

  6. 6

    Reheat the frozen rice by opening the zip-top bag about a quarter of an inch to let steam escape. Put the bag in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes. The bag will puff up. Let the bag sit for 1 minute, then pour the rice into a dish and serve.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use quick-cooking microwaveable rice for this recipe. It will become gummy when reheated.

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