Kitchen Hack: homemade brown rice in under 5 minutes

I fell in love with store bought frozen brown rice about a year ago. It’s so darn convenient – 3 minutes and you’ve got perfect brown rice. None of this bring to a boil then simmer for 40 minutes business. What’s not to love? The pricetag, that’s what. You pay quite the premium (nearly double) for someone to prep and freeze the rice for you. And while many of us, myself included, are willing to outsource that part of the process for convenience sake, there is another option – make and freeze it yourself.

Sure, you still have to mess with the whole bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes, but that’s not so bad if you’re doing it just once a month or so. When cooking brown rice (and quinoa for that matter), I go big. Like 6 cups of dry rice big. Then I divide the cooked rice into bags and keep them on hand in the freezer for easy dinner additions. To defrost the rice, I microwave the bag of rice for about 3 minutes. Voila!

Tips for freezing your own brown rice:

  • Choose your storage containers wisely. You don’t want that precious rice getting freezer burn. I like to use quart size freezer bags.
  • Freeze the rice in quantities that suit you and/or your family’s eating habits. I fill each bag with approximately 2 cups of rice, which is plenty for one dinner.
  • To defrost the rice, stick it in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes, making sure to vent the opening about an inch or so.

Have a kitchen hack worth sharing? I’m still waiting for someone to tell me a foolproof way to pick a killer watermelon, for instance.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Kellie Berry
    07/21/2015 at 8:33 am

    Love it

  • Reply
    Allie Brown
    07/21/2015 at 2:38 pm

    Um this is genius! Thanks for the tip!
    – Allie

  • Reply
    natjtan
    07/23/2015 at 3:13 am

    I use a rice cooker to cook my quinoa and rice in! 10 -15 minutes done!

  • Reply
    Ashlee
    08/03/2015 at 8:02 pm

    Doing this tonight. Hope my quart-size bags are up for the task!

  • Reply
    Rachel Del Grosso
    08/20/2015 at 2:29 pm

    This is amazing, but one question: how long will they keep in the freezer?

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      08/20/2015 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Rachel! Hmm. That’s a good question. I always go through mine within a month or so, so I don’t know the answer. I would guess a 3 months?

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