I have been making my own Spanish rice from scratch for quite some time. I love how we have it in the freezer, and then we just pop it in the microwave for dinner. In just a few minutes, we have homemade rice ready to go.
I finally thought…. why can’t I do the same thing with regular rice? So, I did. Minute rice can be quite pricey without a sale and a coupon. Regular old rice is cheap… very cheap, meaning this is a very frugal tip.
I made my own “minute rice”, and it was a success. Basically you need to buy a bag of rice, any rice will do. Follow the instructions on the bag. I boiled our rice in homemade chicken stock and water, but you don’t have to. It takes about 20 minutes to cook the rice. Once the rice is cooked, season it to your liking. I always season our rice with garlic salt (yum).
Once the rice is done, allow it to cool completely. Then separate into individual freezer bags (according to what your family would eat). Then label and place in the freezer.
When you are ready to eat your rice at a future dinner, just pull directly from freezer (no need to thaw). Dump the rice into a microwave safe container. Place a small amount of water in the dish -approximately a 1/4 cup. Microwave until hot -about 4 to 5 minutes.
Then Enjoy! It is really that simple!
Do you have a great freezer tip? I would love to hear about it. AND it just might be featured on Eating on a Dime!