Want to prepare some rice for meals ahead of time so that you don’t have to spend 20 minutes cooking it for supper? Here’s a simple way to make rice in advance and how to warm it back up when you are ready for it!
Cook Ahead Freezer Rice
I like to have some rice in the freezer for future meals that I won’t have to make the day of. 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!
How to Freeze Rice
To start, all you need to do is cook your rice as normal. Either on the stove top or in a rice cooker. I cook mine on the stove in a small dutch oven with a lid. I put it on low on one of the medium burners and I do not lift the lid until after 15 minutes when I give it a little stir. After 20 minutes the rice is usually done (depending on what kind you make, I usually make a long grain white rice, brown rice will take longer).
After removing the rice from the stovetop, pour a little bit of olive oil in with the rice and fluff it around. You can use any kind of oil that your family prefers. This will just help it to not stick together in the freezer.
Place the amount of rice that you need for a meal into a freezer bag, either a quart or a gallon size bag. Be sure and label it with what’s in the bag and the date that you are putting it in the freezer.
Spread the rice out in the bag so that you can freeze it flat. Stack the bags into your freezer until you need them.
Reheating Frozen Rice
There is a simple way to reheat frozen rice that will make it taste almost like it was freshly cooked. Here’s how!
Place the rice in a saucepan on the stovetop with a little bit of water covering the bottom of the pan. Warm it up on low heat, stirring often. Once it’s heated through, it shouldn’t be dry.
Need some yummy meals to make with your rice? Here are some that we enjoy:
What meals do you make rice with? Have you ever tried freezing rice?
This post about Cook Ahead Freezer Rice was originally published on Little House Living in January 2011. It has been updated as of May 2019.