Is Freezing Rice And Pasta Okay?

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Is freezing rice and pasta okay? Yes, rice and pasta are easy to make and freeze. I have some of my favorite relatives coming to stay with me in a week that I haven’t seen in a few years. I have planned out the meals so I don’t have to spend the time in the kitchen cooking meals while they are here visiting. I don’t like to go to the grocery store when I have company coming because, for one thing, I dislike grocery shopping. I also love the challenge to fix meals for guests with food I have in my house today. Yep, it’s called food storage.

One of the meals we’ll enjoy will be spaghetti with a salad, including fresh veggies from the garden. I have frozen meatballs in the freezer and some fresh tomatoes and tomato paste I can use to make a homemade spaghetti sauce. The day before I have the spaghetti dinner I will bring a bag of the frozen pasta from the freezer to the refrigerator to let it defrost.

Cooking Pasta:

So, today I got out my huge soup pot and filled it with water to boil some spaghetti. I like to break the spaghetti in half just because it’s an old habit I have. I have done this since my kids were little. I always add a little salt and some oil to keep the spaghetti from sticking to each other. I stir it almost constantly, but I am easily distracted by other things so I don’t always remember to stir it. After bringing the water to a boil, I added the pasta and cooked it about 12 minutes.

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Draining The Cooked Pasta:

After cooking I drained the pasta with the cool faucet water running over the cooked pasta. I did add a few ice cubes (you can’t see them because they melted fairly quickly). I wanted the pasta to quit cooking and be ready to bag in gallon freezer bags.

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Freezing Pasta:

I didn’t measure the spaghetti but eyeballed it to fit three bags. Now with these bags ready in the freezer, I can make the planned spaghetti dinner, but also in a week or so I can make a spaghetti salad with veggies from the garden. Add some olive oil and Balsamic vinegar and dinner is ready!

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Cooking Rice:

Today I cooked four cups of my favorite rice called Jazmine rice in a rice cooker. I rinsed the rice first and then put it in a rice cooker with 6 cups of cold water. I didn’t add any salt or seasonings in the rice cooker. I turned it on and let it do its thing by cooking. Then, I let it cool down and then placed 2 cups of the cooked rice in quart size freezer bags. Now I have a few bags of rice ready for any meal in the freezer.

Like I said above, I cooked the Jazmine rice that’s sticky and absolutely my favorite rice in the world! Here is what it looks like:

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Freezing Rice:

I put two cups of cooked rice in each quart freezer bag. Give or take two cups, you know how that is, the rice sticks to the cup and you have to use a spatula to scoop it out. I squeeze the air out of the bags and seal. I have six bags ready to go into the freezer. I love freezing rice! When you want rice, pull a bag out of the freezer the day before. You will be so glad you have some frozen rice ahead of time. I promise.

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This is one of the recipes I will fix with the frozen rice (I put a frozen bag of rice in the refrigerator the day before I cook the meal). This is my daughter, Heidi’s recipe that I love to make. This will be one of the dinners I fix for my family that is coming to stay with us.

Rice And Chicken With Water Chestnuts:

Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces (or 2 cans of chicken drained-12.5 ounces) (or equal amount of reconstituted freeze-dried chicken)
  • 3 Cups cooked rice
  • ½ chopped fresh onion (or 3 tablespoons freeze-dried onions-do not reconstitute)
  • 1 cup fresh celery chopped in bite size pieces
  • 1 can water chestnuts drained, sliced or chopped (approximately 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup almonds, slivered or sliced (Add to the top of casserole the last 5-10 minutes-continue baking)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl except the almonds. Stir the mixture until blended well. Place in a 9 inch by13 inch greased pan and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Add the almonds to the top of the casserole during the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

PRINTABLE recipe: Recipe by Food Storage Moms

I hope this helps you save time in the kitchen so you have more time with the family. Here’s to using your food storage every day of the week. Let’s stay out of the grocery stores and save money at the same time.

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8 thoughts on “Is Freezing Rice And Pasta Okay?

  • July 7, 2015 at 10:21 am
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    I like the idea of freezing both…my question is how can I defrost them? I won’t always have time to put them in the fridge for a day before I need them…so… can I microwave? put the bag under hot water? Do I need to rehydrate at all? what’s your best suggestion?
    thanks.

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    • July 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      Hi Kate, you can put the frozen rice in soups as is from the freezer. I also defrost it in the microwave. I would add water if it looks like your rice has dried out. I use really sticky rice so I don’t usually have to add water. The spaghetti, I have run it under hot water to hurry the defrosting or I just stir it into the sauce. The frozen spaghetti is great even for spaghetti salad. I would defrost it a few days before is using it cold in a salad. I have friends that put the spaghetti in boiling water and serve it immediately. I freeze it so I don’t have to boil the water again. I need to simplify my life. 🙂 Linda

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      • July 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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        THANK YOU so much. I made a full batch of basmati rice in my rice maker, froze it in small freezer bags and later defrosted some in the microwave….it was PERFECT. This is going to be a great time saver! I love to cook quantity ahead of time, so I don’t have to cook often in the summer, but I never thought it would turn out well to freeze rice…who knew? (well, I guess you did – thanks for sharing.).

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        • July 12, 2015 at 8:53 am
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          Hi Kath, isn’t it funny but if we can make a mess one day in the kitchen and just grab a bag from the freezer, woohoo! Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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  • July 7, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    I like the same kind of rice you do, it smells wonderful and tastes great. I like freezing rice as well. I don’t usually freeze cooked pasta though as my husband seems to not care for it. He says he can feel a change in the texture. I did read on a diabetic site though that cooking pasta, then warming it up a second time in a microwave actually changes the amount of digestable carbs in it the second time. So it is suppose to be a lower carb alternative for diabetics if you warm up normally cooked pasta a second time in the microwave. They didn’t say anything one way or another about rice, so I don’t know if warming up a second time in the microwave already cooked rice would change carb calories absorbed or not, probably would I think.

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    • July 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm
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      Hi Lauralee, that’s interesting that it would change the digestible carbs. I have never heard that but then I am not diabetic either. I don’t like the bowtie pasta in salads after freezing but I still freeze it anyway. I have to simplify my life. 🙂 Linda

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  • October 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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    I love that we can get a lot done in a day by cooking and freezing. One thing I have learned from my daughter that works in an italian rest. they cook a head their spaghetti and measure out for serving perportaions and wrap in clear wrap and freeze and then they toss in frig to defrost and serve with the sauce or whatever they are serving , it is very good and the taste doesn’t change a bit. The sauce is hot and so therefore there is no boiling the pasta again . Just a thought.

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    • October 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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      HI Debbie, I freeze my spaghetti all the time. I hadn’t thought of adding the thawed pasta to the hot spaghetti sauce after thawing it, that would be perfect! Linda

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