Crock pot rice is one of my favorite ways to save money. I get brown rice or even white rice for FREE with my coupons all the time. However, it takes forever to cook brown rice…. 40 minutes to be exact! I don’t have time for that. 🙂 Do you? Probably not.
However, I’m not going to pay for an over priced box of rice just to save me a few minutes. Instead, I like to cook my rice in BULK in the crock pot. I can cook an entire pound of rice in under 3 hours without ever having to look at the pan. If I can clean or play with the kids while my rice is cooking then I’m much better off. 😉
Then what I do, is divide that crock pot rice into equal containers to freeze. Yes… I actually freeze my rice.
It is really easy to freeze rice. I then can pop my frozen rice in to the microwave for my own cheaper (or free) minute rice. Win- win! Make sure you read my post on how to freeze rice.
Ok – How to cook rice in a slow cooker:
Add olive olive, oil, rice and water to your crockpot. You can do 2-4 cups of rice. 4 cups of rice is an entire 1 lb package so that is what I always do. Make sure you use Olive oil or butter in there to keep the rice from sticking. I actually forgot it this last time and my rice was sticker than normal.
You will want to make sure you have double the water than you do rice. So if you are cooking 2 cups of rice, use 4 cups of water. If you cook 4 cups of rice, you will need 8 cups of water (at least). I always add in a bit more. 😉
You can season it or even use chicken stock if you want. However, I just like to have plain rice, so I can season it with each meal that I am going to make.
Before you know it you will have delicious rice ready to eat or freeze! If you are cooking white rice, it will be done in slightly under 2 hours.
Cooking Brown Rice in a crock pot:
Brown rice takes about 3 hours to cook on high. It is that easy!
Get a Programmable Crockpot if you work all day:
Now you definitely need a crockpot for this recipe. There are some really good ones on sale right now. If you work all day, you may want to invest in a programmable crockpot. They are awesome because you can set them to start later, or to stop and switch to warm once the dinners are ready. Amazon has some on sale right now too.
Now if you want to save yourself even more time (don’t we all?) then I really recommend these Crockpot liners. They make clean up a breeze. Instead of scrubbing and washing the pot, you can just toss the liner. It is practically no clean up.
How much does this cost?
Well, I got mine for free, but even if you don’t use a coupon or get it on sale, this is a HUGE money saver. 1 lb of rice is about $2, versus $3 for a box of rice that has about a 1/2 of the amount of rice inside. You can easily save 50% just by making your rice ahead of time and freezing it. However, if you are using coupons and shopping the sales you will save even more!
- 2 to 4 cups of rice
- 4 to 8 cups of water (you want double the water as rice)
- 2-4 Tablespoons of butter or olive oilt
- Garlic Salt (optional)
- Oil up the inside of your crockpot with the olive oil so your rice doesn't stick.
- Place the rice on the bottom of the crockpot and season with salt and garlic salt.
- Pour Water over the rice. (You want double the water as rice, so if you have 2 cups of rice, you will need 4 cups of water).
- Cook on high for 2 to 2½ hours for white rice or 3 hours for brown rice.
- Fluff with a fork and serve or freeze.
Make sure you check out all my Crock Pot recipes here.