Source: My grandmother Rose Mary Cheramie shared this tip with me.
By Southernbelleklb from Jefferson, LA
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
What effect does freezing have on rice?
By Miss Brodie
Uncooked rice freezes nicely, cooks the same on thawing as it would if never frozen.
If it is cooked and frozen as a separate dish, it may be a little watery when you thaw it but the reheating process will absorb the moisture.
If it is cooked and frozen as part of a dish (casserole, etc), it might add a little watery-ness but the reheating process will absorb the moisture and not be a problem.
That's been my experience over the years, anyway:) Hope this helps.
Can you freeze cooked rice?
By Diane N
I've been doing it for years. I've frozen rice in meals, and on its own. If freezing rice on its own, I use heavy duty zip bags.
The important thing to remember about reheating frozen rice is to let it defrost first, then reheat it slowly at a lower heat-always with a cover.
I use a covered microwave safe casserole dish to reheat rice that's been frozen but I've also done it in a conventional oven too. The secret is using 25% power (or 'low') in the microwave, and no more than 180C/350F in the oven.
Hope this helps.
I credit my genius mother in law with this idea for making meals over rice a breeze: She cooks up several bags of white and brown rices at the beginning of the month. After cooling the rice, she spoons it into small and gallon sized zip-loc baggies until they are about 3/4 full.
She then seals the bags by zipping them almost totally shut, inserting a drinking straw into the small opening, and sucking the air out of them just before zipping them all the way. She then flattens the rice bags (they go to about an inch thick) and stacks them neatly in her freezer with waxed paper in between them to be removed, thawed and reheated as needed.
What a great way to have a steady supply of cooked rice on hand for fast-fix meals. The frozen rice can also be quickly reheated by steaming it in a covered skillet with a spoonful of water added, or microwaved in the same manner.The layers are thin enough that they can be easily broken apart to fit in any pan. I hope this will be of use to someone!
By Cathy S from Delaware