Did you know you can freeze cooked rice? Yep, you can. Brown rice is so healthy, but it take about 45 minute to cook once the liquid comes to a boil so I love having a precooked supply on hand. Makes it so easy to pull a quick meal together on a busy weeknight.
Freezer Brown Rice
makes 14 cups
- 2 pounds (4 cups) brown rice, uncooked and rinsed
- 10 cups water or flavorful chicken stock (try my homemade chicken stock)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 teaspoons salt (omit if using flavorful chicken stock)
- In a 6-quart stock pot, bring water or stock to a boil and add butter and salt; stir to melt butter and dissolve salt.
- Add brown rice and stir once; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Cool for an hour or so before dividing up into family-friendly portions in freezer safe containers - here I put 2 cups of cooked brown rice in zip-top bags.
- To use, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in a skillet or the microwave with a pat of butter or drizzle of oil. Add to soups or stews, use in stir fry dishes, or whatever you feel like.
- You can do the same with white rice, only you'll want to reduce the cooking time from 45 minutes to approximately 18-20 minutes.