Step-by-step guide on how to freeze cooked brown rice.
I love brown rice, but I hate how long it takes to cook it.
Most meals I prepare are prepped and done in 30 minutes. What can I say? I like quick and easy.
Waiting an hour for brown rice to cook just doesn’t fit in with my cooking style.
That’s why I’ll set aside a day to cook a double batch of brown rice and then freeze it.
This not only saves me time when I need to get dinner on the table, but it saves me money. Have you seen the price of prepackaged frozen brown rice? Ridiculous!
I use Alton Brown’s method to cook the brown rice. It turns out perfect every time. If you’ve never baked your brown rice before, give it a go! I think you’ll be pleased with the results.
Once you’ve cooked your brown rice, it is time to freeze.
How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice
Here are the simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Spread your cooked brown rice out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool.
SECRET HINT: If you add a tablespoon or two of water to the bottom of the pan, it helps keep the rice from sticking.
Step 2: Once your rice is cool, transfer it to a freezer safe container.
Here’s what I do:
I like to use the plastic freezer safe jars.
These ball plastic jars are exactly what I use.
These cups fit 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice in each jar.
That seems to be the perfect amount for most recipes or for serving brown rice as a side dish for our family of four.
They are also great for freezing pasta salad.
Step 3: Reheat your frozen brown rice without thawing!
Talk about a total time saver, am I right?
To reheat rice from frozen, transfer the frozen rice to a glass container and microwave in 1-minute increments until rice is hot.
If you stir after each minute, your rice will cook faster.
Go ahead and add a little butter and salt to your rice as it cooks.
I recommend you NEVER use plastic in the microwave. Always transfer your rice to a glass container before microwaving.
Use this method to freeze cooked brown rice and you can get dinner on the table quickly and easily!