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Jul 5, 2010 12:38 PM

Does Brown Rice Freeze Well?

Our family eats rice several times a week. Instead of cooking a fresh batch every time, could I make a large bath and freeze the leftovers? Any particulars to consider? Thanks.

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  1. If you cook it correctly the first time, it will be ok when reheated after freezing. What I'm getting at is the last time I made brown rice, I used to much water and cooked it too long and it got mushy. What I do is to spread the leftover rice on a 1/2 sheet pan and refrigerate it so that it dries out a little then I bag it and freeze it. That way the grains are separate in the freezer. I usually then thaw it out in the refrigerator and reheat it in a skillet with a little (very little) water to steam it. I do the same with wild rice, barley and wheat berries. Last night I made barley risotto but even with leftovers, I won't freeze it, we'll eat it this week.

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    1. re: John E.

      Thanks, John. That is very informative.

      1. re: John E.

        Simpler answer is yes, you can freeze cooked rice, regardless of type. IMO, it's best to use it later mixed into a casserole or with sauce, as it may exude water when thawed, and be a little chewy, so it's not at its best if you use it as a plain accompaniment. Micing it with sauce or other ingredients provides some moisture for it to absorb.

      2. Rice generally freezes beautifully.

        1. I often make brown basmati rice by the pot. What is not eaten when freshly made can be put in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This leftover rice can be reheated and consumed within the next week to ten days without spoiling or 'aftertaste'. So refrigerating brown rice is an alternative, unless you really want to freeze.

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          1. re: comestibles

            You certainly can freeze. The best wayI know of is to reheat with steam.