Cook Ahead Freezer Rice

by Merissa on January 20, 2011

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I wanted to have some rice in the freezer for future meals that I won't have to make the day of so this morning I packaged up 3 bags of cooked rice. Rice freezes well and since it usually takes about 15 - 20 minutes to cook, having it already cooked and in the freezer ready to go can be a nice little time saver!

All you have to do is cook your rice like normal. Either on the stove top or in a rice cooker. I happen to have a handy little rice cooker so I made mine in that. After I removed it from the microwave I poured a little bit of olive oil in with the rice and fluffed it around. You can use any kind of oil.

Then package the rice into freezer bags. Make sure you put enough into each bag as you would use in a meal so you only have to grab out one bag. I labeled the bag with "Rice" but with no date so I can reuse the bag for more rice after I use this up. Spread the rice out in the bag so it will freeze flat and be easier to stack.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deanna July 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Great idea Merissa!

I’ve given you a blog award on my blog,


2 Merissa July 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Awww, thanks Deanna!


3 Amy Ramake July 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

What are the re-heat instructions?


4 Merissa July 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

You can either just warm them up in the microwave after it thaws or you can thaw and add to other meals (casseroles, stir fries, ect)


5 Heather July 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I love doing this with brown rice since it takes so long to cook. It works like a charm!


6 Nicki Woodard July 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

If these are heavy duty freezer bags, would it work put the frozen bag in boiling water to reheat?


7 Merissa July 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Possibly! I haven’t tried it yet so if you do, let us know how it goes!


8 Danielle Oakes September 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Hi, How long will the rice last in the freezer? I use a steamer to cook my rice. But sometimes I’m pressed for time and would love to freeze it ahead of time. Thank you!


9 Grammy Tammi October 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I made extra rice tonight just so I could freeze it! Thanks for the tip!


10 Alexandra S. January 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Foodsaver makes some steam bags, I was wondering if I put the rice in the steam bags and sealed them would it come out like the frozen bags of rice you can buy? Can I freeze things in it, like seasonings and veggies? I really do need to use my foodsaver more.


11 Merissa January 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I haven’t really used vacuum sealers much but I’m assuming that’s what it would be like!


12 Amber April 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

What about freezer cooking casseroles that contain rice…do you cook the entire time and then freeze? Or cook half way and then cook longer when reheating? I would love some info on this!


13 Merissa April 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Cook the casserole for the entire time or cook the rice? I would cook the rice before adding it to a freezer casserole.


14 Kelly Stevens June 13, 2017 at 11:49 am

I cook big batches of rice in my electric pressure cooker and bag them up in my vacuum sealer. This is such a big time saver and the rice comes out perfect!


15 Molly June 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

So simple, yet so awesome. Thanks, Merissa. Definitely going to be doing this now.


16 Migdalia June 14, 2017 at 9:27 am

I purchased the annual gardening and Preserving Journal. I am now trying to find the free recipe ebook that was offered. Can you send the link to me again, please.?


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