Can You Freeze Rice Pudding? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Rice Pudding? 

Yes, you can freeze rice pudding, and if done right, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. The key is to keep them stored in air-tight freezer-safe containers or Ziploc bags. The contents of the rice pudding recipe can affect how long and how well it stays in the freezer. 

Here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store rice pudding. 

These methods and tips have worked like a charm for me.

Here is how you do it. 

How to Freeze Rice Pudding?

How to Freeze Rice Pudding?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Whether it is leftovers or a batch you made for later, this simple method of freezing rice pudding is your best bet.

Materials

  • Rice Pudding

Tools

  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc bag

Instructions

    1. Prep and Cool: Make your favorite rice pudding recipe without the raisins and let it cool down to room temperature.

    2. Portion the Pudding: Divide the rice pudding into portions you can easily manage in one sitting before you pack them in.

    3. Pack and Seal: Transfer the portioned rice pudding into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them. Leave a little room in the container before sealing to make room for the pudding to expand.

      When using a Ziploc bag, try and remove as much excess air out as possible.

    4. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the container or bag with the best-before date, and you are all set to freeze the rice pudding.

How Long Can You Freeze Rice Pudding? 

You can freeze rice pudding for up to 3 months with little to no change in its texture or quality. The key to freezing them for long is to make sure that they are kept in air-tight containers. 

Freshly made rice pudding fares better in the freezer than leftovers. If the leftovers had been left out for long, they could have bacterial build-up and hence might not last for long. 

If you would like to keep the rice pudding in the freezer for a long try to use limited spices and if possible, avoid milk. It is best to mix these in once you have defrosted the pudding. 

How to Store Frozen Rice Pudding? 

You can store frozen rice pudding in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

As long as they are air-tight and can protect the pudding from freezer burns, you’re good to go. You could double bag when using Ziploc bags to prevent freezer burns. 

If you are short on freezer space, the Ziploc bags are your best bet. You can freeze them on a baking sheet to lay them into flat bricks and then stack them compactly on top of each other. 

How to Defrost Rice Pudding? 

You can defrost rice pudding by leaving it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to let them thaw gradually.

This method is best to avoid drastic changes in texture and bacterial growth. Once it is defrosted, you can leave it in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

It is strongly advised not to thaw it on the countertop. The contents of the rice pudding can easily spoil. So, take it out the night before or at least a few hours beforehand. 

When it thaws, the rice pudding can have a slight change in texture. But it is completely safe to eat, and all you have to do is give it a good stir. 

Can You Refreeze Rice Pudding? 

No, it is strongly advised not to refreeze rice pudding. The contents of the pudding, like the rice and the milk, can change in texture and quality when it thaws.

This will only worsen upon repeated freezing and thawing. 

If you would like to avoid having to refreeze the rice pudding, the best solution is to portion them beforehand into smaller quantities that you can easily manage in one sitting. 

Does Rice Pudding Freeze Well? 

Yes, rice pudding freezes well and can last well in the freezer for 3 months or so. But the freezer-life of the rice pudding can depend on the ingredients and recipe used. 

Rice pudding made with milk and cream can change in texture once it thaws. Though it is safe to eat, it might not be as appealing as a freshly made one.

So, you can skip the milk in your recipe or use alternative products to make the pudding last longer in the freezer. 

Spices don’t do well in the freezer either, as they can get bitter over time. You can skip the spices when cooking and add them after the pudding is defrosted. 

FAQs

Can you freeze rice pudding with raisins?

Though you can freeze rice puddings with raisins, it would be best not to. The raisins can get hard and rubbery once frozen and this can ruin the comforting taste of the rice pudding. So, it would be best to skip the raisins and add them when you defrost the pudding. 

Can you freeze rice pudding made with coconut milk? 

Yes, you can freeze rice pudding made with coconut milk or other milk alternatives. You can follow the same steps as mentioned above. There can be slight changes in texture once it thaws, but that can be fixed by giving the pudding a good stir. 

Can you freeze store-bought rice pudding? 

Yes, you can freeze store-bought rice pudding. But instead of freezing it in its container, it would be best to transfer it into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. Make sure to leave some room at the top because the pudding can expand when it freezes. 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you freeze and store all the extra rice pudding you had. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and methods of your own, it would be great to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with all your friends and loved ones. 

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About Pooja Jain

Pooja is a foodie who likes experimenting with different cuisines every day. Cooking for Pooja is not just about following recipes, but also adding something of herself into it making each dish unique as well as delicious!

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