Monday, January 21, 2013

Freezer Brown Rice

Freezer Brown Rice - ButterYum

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
Printable Recipe

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.  I hope you enjoy this time saving tip!

Note:  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.


  1. Brillian, just brilliant!!! Why have I never thought of this!?!?!? I love brown rice, but hate the cooking time; what a handy thing to have it all cooked up in the freezer. Thank you for sharing this!!

  2. I NEVER knew you could do this! Oh, thank you! We all love rice here, especially my son who could eat it every he just may have that chance!!!!!

  3. Great idea! I frequently freeze beans, but have never gotten into the habit of making rice for the freezer. It seems easy enough though! And will definitely help meal times be a little faster! Would love to have you share this with what i am eating

  4. What!? I had no idea you could do this! What a fabulous idea - pinning for later!

  5. love that idea
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  6. Keep your tips coming. I think this is brilliant. I usually save brown rice for weekends since it takes so long. This is just great.

  7. What a great idea ...... make a good and creative inspiration.

  8. Awesome idea, I actually buy the bags of frozen rice but this is way smarter!

    1. Huh... I've never seen those.... had no idea.


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