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This is a very useful tip as it’s the first time I learned how to preserve cooked rice that way. Now I feel really sorry for the pigs cos they won’t be eating rice from now on.
I’ve frozen rice this way for years. To reheat I just put enough for a meal in my metal steamer over boiling water for 5-10 minutes (guessing) till it’s hot and scoop it out into bowls. So handy!
I often freeze rice but don’t have a microwave, so let the rice de-frost and then put into boiling g water for a few seconds to heat up. Also sometimes steam over whatever I’m cooking.
To keep the rice from being dry, i always sprinkle water over the rice before I microwave it. It really turns out almost like fresh rice! I microwave for 1 minute, take it out and fluff with a fork. Then microwave for 2 minutes more. Fluff and serve.
Great tip, Karen!
Hmm I’ve been letting the bag defrost in the fridge overnight, I haven’t had any problems so far but do you think that could be a problem? Texture wise it’s fine, I just don’t want to do anything that could accidentally get us sick!
No venting required in the microwave?
Hi, Diana! Nope! The reheating instructions work as written. :)
I recently started freezing brown rice this way and it works great! Love how easy it is to reheat in the microwave. The rice retains its moisture that way. I make a big batch of rice, let it cool to room temp, then portion out into small freezer bags, and freeze flat. So easy.
It works great for my family. My grandkids haven’t mastered cooking rice Yet so they love this.
Would this work with basmati rice?
Hi, Lola! Yup, this works for any rice. Enjoy!
Great info. Can you address how you would this rice to make fried rice? Thaw first or straight to the pan in the frozen state? Thank you!
Hi, Heidi! My inclination would be to thaw the rice before adding it to the pan. If you added the frozen rice, I think it would lower the heat of the pan too much and slow down cooking. The frozen rice also might not absorb the seasonings quite the same. Enjoy!
This looks like a great idea!! How would you re-heat the frozen rice if you didn’t have a microwave?
My grandmother used a metal colander over a pot of boiling water fluffing the rice with forks as it heats. Bonus with this method it doesn’t get dried out!
Hi, Julia! I like Sidney’s idea! I’ve also done it on the stovetop in a small saucepan over low heat. Let it warm for a minute or two, then stir, then repeat until the rice is warmed. If it starts to stick to the pan or if it seems like it’s drying out, sprinkle a few tablespoons of water over the top. Enjoy!