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Dessert

Can You Freeze Rice Pudding?

Rice pudding is a satisfying and healthy dish made using milk and white rice. Enjoyed as a dessert or as a side dish, rice pudding is the perfect snack for kids and kids at heart alike! But how long will rice pudding keep? Can you freeze rice pudding?

Milk and rice are quite sensitive to temperature changes so flavor and texture changes are likely when you freeze the pudding. Still, rice pudding keeps surprisingly well in the freezer so no need to worry if you made a large batch. However, if you’d like to maximize the shelf life of the pudding prior to freezing, we’ll be sharing a couple of storage tips later in this post!

Easy Homemade Rice Pudding

Using the freshest ingredients is key to prolonging the shelf life of rice pudding. Here is a simple rice pudding recipe to get you started.

You will need:

1-quart whole milk
1 cup short-grain or long-grain white rice
6 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more as needed
A pinch salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Chopped nuts, dried or fresh fruits, nutmeg or cinnamon and other toppings

Instruction

Heat a medium saucepan then pour the milk, rice, and sugar. Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat then season with salt. Stir the mixture well until the sugar has dissolved completely.

After bringing the mixture to a boil, lower the heat to a bare simmer. Leave the saucepan uncovered as you simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the white rice is nice and tender.

Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the vanilla or almond extract then add more sugar or salt when needed. Place a ladleful or two in a bowl, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

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How to Freeze Rice Pudding?

Now to prep the rice pudding for freezing, wait until the dish has cooled completely to room temperature. Once the rice pudding has cooled completely, pour the dish into a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid. Leave about two inches of space so the pudding has room to expand while it freezes. Cover the container with cling wrap before sealing with the airtight lid. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

If you are pressed for time, you can accelerate the cooling process by giving the sealed container an ice bath. Just pour the still-warm rice pudding into a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid then cover with cling wrap. Close the airtight lid then submerge the container in ice water. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes before storing in the freezer. Never re-freeze the thawed rice pudding.

Freezing Tips

Milk Substitutes

Traditionally, rice pudding is made using whole milk. Since whole milk has a short shelf life, freezing the dish for long-term may affect its flavor and texture. To minimize the flavor or texture changes, consider using other milk substitutes such as evaporated milk, coconut milk, or sweetened condensed milk. These milk substitutes may alter the cooking times of the dish so make the necessary adjustments in the recipe.

Type of White Rice

The texture of the rice pudding will also depend on the type of white rice you used for the dish. Short grain white rice yields a more watery consistency while long grain rice makes for a denser, slightly drier pudding.

Exclude the Toppings

If you have leftover rice pudding, do not add the toppings as you prep the dish for freezing because these ingredients will turn bad much more quickly than the rice pudding. Just freeze the toppings in a different container and when you’re ready to serve, sprinkle the thawed toppings over the defrosted rice pudding.

Exclude the Milk

Since milk goes bad quickly, it is possible to prepare the pudding without it to extend its shelf life. Just prepare the rice pudding as you normally would but replace the milk with plain water. Prep the cooled rice pudding for freezing. Once you are ready to serve, reheat the rice pudding on the stove, gradually stirring in the milk until smooth and thick.

Divide into Serving Portions

Want to make thawing frozen rice pudding less of a hassle? Try dividing the leftover rice pudding into serving portions so you don’t have to defrost an entire tub of the dish. Remember, you cannot re-freeze the thawed rice pudding!

Prepare several packets of resealable plastic bags. Pour the cooled rice pudding into each of the resealable plastic bags, making sure to leave a couple of inches of space to let the pudding expand as it freezes. Seal then write the storage date. Store flat in the freezer.

Whenever you are craving for a soothing bowl of rice pudding, take a couple of bags of frozen rice pudding then thaw before reheating!

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Shelf Life, Thawing and Reheating Suggestions

Frozen homemade rice pudding will keep in the freezer for at least 3 months. However, we don’t recommend waiting this long before consuming your supply. You have to finish the rice pudding as soon as possible for optimal flavor and texture.

To thaw the rice pudding, just transfer the frozen dish to the fridge. Leave the frozen rice pudding to thaw overnight. Once the rice pudding has thawed completely, it’s ready for reheating unless you enjoy the pudding cold. Never defrost the rice pudding at room temperature. The pudding will go bad much more quickly if thawed this way.

To reheat the pudding, just simmer the dish over low heat in a saucepan. Pour the dish into a bowl, add a handful of toppings and enjoy! You can also reheat the rice pudding in the microwave. Just make sure to place a cup of water before reheating the pudding so it won’t dry up.

Summary

Who knew freezing rice pudding is this easy? Keep our freezing tips in mind if you want to extend the shelf life of the pudding and minimize texture or flavor changes!

Grains

Can You Freeze Uncooked Rice?

For most people, rice is life and a meal isn’t complete without it. In the US, long grain white rice and brown rice are the two most popular types of rice consumed by millions of Americans.

Rice is abundant in most regions and thankfully, this grain is so easy to store cooked or uncooked! You can freeze uncooked rice in its own packaging or packed in a freezer-safe container.

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Because uncooked rice is freezer-friendly, the texture won’t be altered once the thawed rice has been cooked. When kept in the freezer, uncooked rice will keep for up to 18 months. However, the USA Rice Federation recommends consuming frozen rice within six months for best results.

How to Freeze Uncooked Rice?

The best way to freeze uncooked rice is to pack each serving in a box or a rigid plastic container. You want to make sure the uncooked rice is free from moisture before packing.

To begin, pour the rice into a freezer-safe container and seal tightly. If the fresh rice is still in its original box, you can chuck the rice straight into the freezer in its original packaging.

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After packing the rice, get a marker and label the packaging with the date. Place the container flatly in the freezer so it’ll thaw much quickly.

How to Defrost Frozen Uncooked Rice?

The best way to defrost frozen uncooked rice is to transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge and letting the grain thaw for several hours. You can also put the container under running water to defrost but make sure the lid is airtight and secure.

Finally, you can also leave the rice to thaw at room temperature, just place the container on the table and leave it to defrost for a few hours.

Summary

Rice is easy to store and even easier to cook. Now that you know how to store fresh rice properly, you can keep a large batch of this grain and enjoy it for future dishes!

Grains

Can You Freeze Cooked Rice?

Can you freeze cooked rice? Rice is a very important staple food for very many people. We all know that cooking it takes time. That’s especially true when it comes to brown rice. Cooking it might take even an hour. Is there a possibility to cook rice in larger quantities and then freeze it for later use? Fortunately for busy (or lazy) people, there is. You can freeze cooked rice and I’ll discuss how you can do it to get the best possible results.

Freezing cooked rice

The procedure of freezing cooked rice is pretty simple. First, you need to cook the rice and cool it a little (so it’s not super hot). Now it’s time to wrap the cooked rice. Please remember to do this while rice is still warm. That ensures that all necessary moisture stays inside the bag. So divide all your cooked rice into several portions. The portion size doesn’t matter if you follow these guidelines, because you’ll be able to get as much rice as you need at a time. Now transfer the rice into a freezer bag and form a flat layer with it. Release as much air as you can while flattening rice in the bag. Now you can leave your cooked rice to cool down entirely. If you’re not sure whether rice is perfectly safe in its freezer bag, you can double-bag it.

Cooked rice

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You might wonder: why you needed to form a flat layer with rice? I think it’s pretty difficult to predict how much rice you’ll need while preparing your meal. If you’ve frozen rice accordingly to the guidelines, you can smack it on the counter and some of it will break off. This way you can get as much rice as you need at a time.

Thawing frozen cooked rice

You’ve frozen cooked rice because you wanted to save some time and to be able to have if ready within a few minutes. So you likely want to defrost quickly. The easiest way to thaw rice is to use a microwave. If you’ve wrapped the rice while it was still warm, it has enough moisture to thaw it without any extra water. If not, place a cup of water in the microwave while thawing.

Extra information about cooking and thawing rice

First, after cooking rice and wrapping it into a freezer bag (whichever works best for you) you should cool the rice down quickly. Then you should put it for some time into the fridge and to the freezer then. When it comes to reheating rice, you should do this only once. If you’ve reheated some rice and you haven’t eaten all, discard the rest of it. If you’ll decide to reheat it once again, you might suffer from food poisoning after eating it. One more thing about reheating rice – do it thoroughly.

Summary
As you can see, you can freeze cooked rice and many people do it with satisfactory results. There are, however, some important issues that you should consider when freezing and defrosting rice.