Veetee Blog UK: Can You Freeze Cooked Rice?

15 February 2016 Veetee Blog UK: Can You Freeze Cooked Rice?

Q: Can You Freeze Cooked Rice?

A: Yes, you can safely freeze any leftover cooked rice so that you can eat it at another time. But there are some things you should watch out for (read on)...

Q: Can it be Unsafe to Eat if it isn’t Frozen?

A: Rice does contain a spore forming bacteria that can be dangerous in uncooked rice. Once the rice has been cooked the bacteria is killed but the spores remain. The rice then becomes unsafe if left for long periods as the bacteria can start to grow again. This is why freezing is the best solution, even if you intend to eat the rice the next day.

Q: When Should I Freeze Cooked Rice?

A: It is best to freeze the rice as soon as possible after cooking. Pack the rice into a microwavable container as soon as it is cooked. When the rice has cooled, seal the container and place into the freezer.

Q: How Long Will it Keep?

A: You can keep rice in the freezer for up to one month and it will still retain its moisture and taste. You shouldn’t leave rice in the freezer for longer than this.

Q: How Should I Reheat it?

A: It is fine to reheat your rice in the microwave but you should always check that it is piping hot before eating. You can defrost the rice in a fridge before heating or cook straight from frozen. Don’t reheat rice more than once as this can allow time for the bacteria to grow.

Q: Is it Okay to Freeze Rice with Vegetables?

A: Yes that isn’t a problem. If you cook rice with other ingredients such as vegetables, chicken or other meat, then you can also freeze that with the rice to make a more wholesome meal. 

It is easy to overestimate how much rice you will actually need for a meal. So the next time you cook too much rice, why not freeze it and save it for a meal another time. If there’s only enough for one portion, then why not save it and have it for lunch to make a change. It will save you buying more food in the week and can provide a healthy option for lunch.
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