If you have bought extra uncooked rice and want to extend its shelf-life then this ultimate guide on how to freeze and store uncooked rice can help you out.
I have found these methods and tips to work splendidly.
Let’s dive right into it.
- Uncooked Rice
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
- Dry the Rice: Before packing the rice grains to freeze, ensure that all traces of moisture are removed. You could leave it out on a tray to air-dry for best results.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the dry rice grains into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them. When using a Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible and then seal them tightly.
- Label and Freeze: Once you add a label to the container or bag, you are all set to freeze the uncooked rice till you need them next.
How Long Can You Freeze Uncooked Rice?
Most uncooked rice can stay in the freezer for an indefinite amount of time. But there are certain variations.
If you are freezing white rice, jasmine rice, or basmati rice, they can last well in the freezer for 20 to 30 years with little to no change.
But in the case of brown rice, it is best consumed within 12-18 months.
Keep in mind that uncooked rice has a pretty good shelf-life and can last for a couple of years in the pantry.
But freezing is recommended if you are looking to keep the bugs out and want to extend its life for a longer period.
How to Store Uncooked Rice?
You can store uncooked rice in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. If you have the freezer space and a small portion to work with, the air-tight container with a tight lid would work just fine.
But most of us are pressed for freezer space. So, the best of the two options would be Ziploc bags which can be laid down flat on top of each other, making them compact and saving space.
Although you can skip labeling white, jasmine, or basmati rice since they can stay in the freezer indefinitely, be sure to label the brown rice.
They shouldn’t be stored in the pantry for more than 3-6 months and in the freezer for more than a year or so.
How to Defrost Uncooked Rice?
You can defrost uncooked rice by placing it in the fridge to thaw gradually over a couple of hours or overnight.
If you are in a hurry then you could run cold water over the container, while it is still tightly sealed. You could also leave it on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours to thaw it quickly.
Do not microwave or use heat to thaw the rice as it can damage the quality and increase the chances of moisture seeping in and spoiling the rice.
Can You Refreeze Uncooked Rice?
Yes, you can refreeze uncooked rice, as long as there is no trace of moisture left and it is sealed tightly.
But it would be best not to repeatedly freeze and thaw uncooked rice as it can increase the chances of the rice spoiling.
If you would like to avoid refreezing rice grains, you can portion them beforehand into easily manageable portions and pack them separately.
Does Uncooked Rice Freeze Well?
Yes, uncooked rice freezes exceptionally well and is a great way to increase its shelf-life. Most varieties have a long freezer life and can stay in the freezer indefinitely if done right.
But the brown rice does not last relatively as long and must be used up within 12-18 months.
The key to freezing uncooked rice is making sure that there is no moisture left before it is packed. The moisture can increase the chances of bacterial growth and freezer burns, making the rice go bad quickly.
Yes, freezing uncooked rice is the best way to kill bugs and keep them at bay. If you are struggling with bugs when you store them in the pantry, leave them in the freezer for a couple of days.
Once you sift through the rice and get rid of all the dead bugs, you can dry them and freeze them for the long term.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store all the uncooked rice left in your pantry.
If you would like to clear any doubts or share some freezing tips of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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