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Freezing?

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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Have any of you frozen cooked rice or pasta?  How was the texture/taste when re-heated?

I make a lot of freezer meals to take to work for lunch, but there are times that I grab something out of the freezer, only to put it back, because I have no cooked rice or pasta.  Which is fine with some of the dishes - some are fine on their own without the added carb - but some just need it.  Part of the reason I freeze meals is so that I don't have to plan out my lunches (just "grab and go"), but having to cook rice or pasta the night before, just for lunch, requires that planning that I'm so trying to avoid!!!

Any input, good or bad? 

by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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jjamom
by Silver Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

I freeze cooked pasta (lasagna, manicotti, etc) and it comes out fine.  The texture seems no different to me.  Sorry, no experience with rice.

Kimberly954
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

I do both! With rice, cook, and flash freeze flat on a cookie sheet then just put it in a ziplock baggie. Works fine. We do this for my freezer meal swap. Now, I freeze pasta all the time but its always in a sauce, never just plain pasta. I am not sure how plain would do.

KittyGram
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

 

Quoting Kimberly954:

I do both! With rice, cook, and flash freeze flat on a cookie sheet then just put it in a ziplock baggie. Works fine. We do this for my freezer meal swap. Now, I freeze pasta all the time but its always in a sauce, never just plain pasta. I am not sure how plain would do.

 Sounds great!  Thank you - I will try the flash freezing.  And duh!!!  I never thought to just freeze the pasta with the sauce! 

jjamom
by Silver Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM
Yes, I always freeze pasta already in the sauce. I have also frozen meals that I have made with pasta and roasted veggies and the only sauce was the EVOO I roasted the veggies in. It turned out fine also.


Quoting KittyGram:

 


Quoting Kimberly954:


I do both! With rice, cook, and flash freeze flat on a cookie sheet then just put it in a ziplock baggie. Works fine. We do this for my freezer meal swap. Now, I freeze pasta all the time but its always in a sauce, never just plain pasta. I am not sure how plain would do.


 Sounds great!  Thank you - I will try the flash freezing.  And duh!!!  I never thought to just freeze the pasta with the sauce! 


goddess99
by Michelle on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I've never froze either one. Sorry. Bump

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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 I have not tried freezing rice or pasta...hope it will work out for you.

I found this info at tasteofhome.com

 http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Tips/Freezer-Tips/Freezing-Leftover-Rice

Freezing Leftover Rice

When preparing rice, make extra. Packaged in freezer containers or heavy-duty resealable plastic bags, cooked rice will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat, add 2 tablespoons of liquid for each cup of rice; microwave or cook in a saucepan until heated through.

 

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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 Also found these tips for freezing pasta
http://www.thekitchn.com/5-tips-for-freezing-pasta-179160

Cooking pasta isn't rocket science, nor does it take a great deal of time. But sometimes even 5-10 minutes can seem like too much when you're on a tight schedule. So hopefully you have some frozen pasta on hand for a hearty meal. Here are a few tips to consider when freezing pasta:

Frozen pasta reheats quickly, and will ensure you have something warm and hearty in your belly before a pot of water would have ever boiled. Want to make some in your own kitchen? Here are a few tips!

1. Al Dente Is Your Friend: Cook your pasta ahead of time to al dente. When reheated, pasta that's cooked to a slightly softer texture turns out mushy. Firmer is better, although just make sure it's still edible before freezing. The microwave process will soften it, but not cook it through.

2. Flat, Flat, Flat! When it's time to reheat your pasta, make sure you lay it out flat in your container. Doesn't matter if the container is round or square, but as long at the pasta lies flat, the microwave will be able to get all the pieces at the same time. No ice in the middle and no overcooked edges!

3. Mound vs. Individual: You can either freeze your pasta in small zip top bags or freezable containers or you can try a baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with parchment, toss your noodles lightly with olive oil, and spread them out into a single layer. Store them in the freezer this way until they are frozen, then transfer to a large zip top bag. They can then be tossed into stir fry or skillet meals without any microwaving needed. Long noodles can be piled in small nests for easy freezing and storage.

4. Freeze Sauce To Go With: Freeze homemade sauce in small ice cube shapes to go along with your frozen pasta. It will melt quickly and not explode all over your microwave either. Double score!

5. Lunch On The Go? Frozen pasta is a great meal to take along to work. Just pop the container out of the freezer and into your lunch bag. By the time the noon hour rolls around, the pasta should be mostly thawed. Freeze sauces or bring a small pouch of add ins, like crumbled bacon or peas.

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