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
Step 1: Spread your cooked brown rice out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool.
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. I get them here because I can use a 20% off coupon and they are super cheap.
If you buy the smaller size jars, you can pack 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice in each jar. That seems to be the perfect amount for most recipes or for serving our family of 4 brown rice as a side dish.
Step 3: You do not need to thaw the rice before reheating. To reheat rice from frozen, transfer the frozen rice to a glass container and microwave in 1-minute increments until rice is hot.
What I want you to know: I freeze my rice in plastic. They are BPA free, but they are plastic all the same.
Here’s the deal. I’ve had glass jar disasters in my freezer. So I use these plastic freezer safe jars. They are reusable and dishwasher safe – plastic bags are not.
I recommend you NEVER use plastic in the microwave. Always transfer your rice to a glass container before microwaving.
Hopefully using this method to freeze cooked brown rice will help you get dinner on the table quickly and easily!