Rice is a staple ingredient in most cupboards, but there are often questions around whether it’s safe to re-heat or freeze it. The answer is yes to both! If you’ve overestimated how much rice you need for a meal, or simply want to have portions of rice at the ready for a quick mid-week dinner, here’s our guide to safely freezing rice.
It’s important to completely cool any rice you want to freeze straight after you’ve cooked it. This is called refreshing – simply cool it under cold water before dividing into portioned containers or freezer bags. Make sure to freeze as soon after cooking as possible.
You can keep the cooked rice in the freezer for up to one month. Defrost your rice in the fridge the day before you want to use it, allowing it to thaw slowly without any warmth getting to it. Alternatively, you can cook straight from frozen.
When re-heating in a saucepan or in the microwave, always make sure the rice is piping hot throughout before tucking in. Make sure you don’t re-heat the same rice more than once – this can cause bacteria to grow.
Top tip: when measuring out how much rice to cook, we find that one large mug of rice serves around 4 people.