Last week I wrote a post on how to cook brown rice that actually tastes good, without a rice cooker. Brown rice is a great side dish, but not only does it take a while to cook, but if you are cooking for a family of two like me, more times than not you will have at least a little bit leftover. When I started cooking brown rice regularly, we seemed to have leftovers no matter how small of a batch I cooked.
For the longest time, whatever we had leftover would end up being tossed in the trash later on. This was either because we forgot that it was in the fridge or we just weren’t in the mood to have rice again before it went bad. We were throwing out perfectly good brown rice way too often. One day, after getting really annoyed, with basically throwing money in the garbage, I decided to try freezing our leftover rice. I thought that the worse that could happen was that it would not work and I would have to toss the batch in the garbage. Nothing gained, but nothing really lost either.
To my surprise, it worked like a charm! When the brown rice, that I had frozen, was reheated there was not a difference in taste or texture. Ah… game changer for sure! These days we cook brown rice in large batches, eat what we want that day, and freeze the rest. This allows us to have brown rice whenever we want and we don’t end up wasting it. The best part is that we don’t have to wait 30-40 minutes each time either.
Just in case you are in the same boat that we were in, or you’ve decided that making brown rice is just not worth it, because of how long it takes to cook, I wanted to share with you my method of freezing brown rice. You’ll no longer have either of those concerns. Freezing brown rice is super easy. Let me show you how!
How To Freeze Cooked Brown Rice
Make sure that you let your rice cool first. You can either let the brown rice, that you’ve cooked the day of, sit on the counter for an hour or so, or pull cold rice straight from the fridge to freeze.
Divide your rice up into individual servings and place each serving in a sandwich bag.
Quick Tip: I recommend storing rice in small servings so it’s easy to grab what you need and leave the rest in the freezer. We usually freeze ours in 1/2 cup servings.
Flatten the rice in the sandwich bag, squeeze out all of the air, and zip the bag. Repeat the process until you have used up all of your leftover rice.
Put each individual portion together in a gallon-sized bag, squeeze out all the air, and place the bag in the freezer.
Instructions For Reheating Brown Rice:
Put the rice in a microwave-safe bowl.
Note: You can either let the rice defrost on the countertop or warm it straight from frozen.
Cover with a damp paper towel.
Microwave your rice until it’s hot. This time will vary depending on whether you have let the rice defrost or not.
And that’s it! It’s just that easy to freeze cooked brown rice. Let me know if you have any questions.