Can you freeze brown rice?

In the following guide we will discuss the question, “can you freeze brown rice?” We will discuss the proper ways to store brown rice. We will get to know the nutritional value and health benefits of eating brown rice. We will also discuss the health concerns of eating frozen brown rice.

Can you freeze brown rice?

Yes, you can freeze brown rice. You can freeze cooked brown rice but raw brown rice can not be frozen. It is very easy for people who are busy and they are not able to make meals from scratch every day. Freezing the cooked rice will somehow alter the taste and texture of brown rice.

Although raw brown rice has a longer shelf life, it can be stored in the pantry for many months without getting spoiled. 

What is the nutritional value of brown rice?

Brown rice is the type of whole rice that is not polished, only its outer husk is removed. They have a brown colour due to the presence of a bran layer on them. Brown rice is more nutritious compared to white rice because they are not polished and polishing causes the loss of many minerals and dietary fibres from the rice.

The bran oil which is present in the bran layer of rice is also lost during the polishing. 1000 g of brown rice contains the following nutrients.

Nutrients Value 
Energy 370 kcal
Carbohydrates 77 g
Protein 7.8 g
Fats 2.9 g
Fibres 3,5 g
Calcium 23 mg
Magnesium 143 mg
Phosphorus 333 mg
Potassium 223 mg
Selenium 23 mcg 
Sodium 7 mg
Zinc 2 mg
Niacin 5 mg
Pantothenic acid1.4 mg
Folate 20 mcg 

What are the proper ways to store brown rice?

  • To store the brown rice in the freezer you need to cook them first. Just keep in mind do not overcook them.
  • After cooking the rice, let them cool properly.
  • Once they cool down, make portions of them by measuring them with the help of cups.
  • Add each portion in a separate zip lock bag and store them in the freezer.
  • Do not store them in plastic boxes because they will stick to each other and they will break eventually while re-heating them.
  • Also avoid storing them in larger batches because it will be difficult for you to separate a portion when you want to reheat them.
  • Always reheat your rice in the microwave as heating them in the pan will change their texture and taste.
  • Always remove the air from the ziplock bag otherwise your rice will get freezer burn and this will make crystals with your rice.

Frozen-cooked brown rice is perfect to eat for 2 to 3 months, but if your temperature has not been maintained properly then there is a chance that it will go bad. The foams and lumpy texture of the rice indicate that your rice has gone bad.

What are the health benefits of eating brown rice?

Brown rice is rich in many vitamins and minerals although they mainly provide carbohydrates. 

The difference between brown rice and white rice

Brown rice 

  • Non-polished, whole grain.
  • Has more cooking time
  • High in fibre
  • Contains bran oil
  • Higher amounts of almost all vitamins and minerals.
  • Contains more amount of folate (20 mcg)

White rice 

  • Polished
  • Less cooking time
  • Low in fibre
  • Do not contain bran layer
  • Lower amounts of all vitamins and minerals 
  • Contains 8 mcg of folate which is lower than brown rice
  • Brown rice is rich in magnesium and potassium along with dietary fibre. Both of these nutrients help in the maintenance of blood sugar levels. Research proves that whole grain cereals help in lowering blood glucose levels.
  • The glycemic index of brown rice is almost half the GI of white rice. This makes brown rice a perfect choice for people with diabetes.
  • Eating brown rice reduces the risk of a heart attack because it contains fibres and other minerals like potassium. Brown rice also decreases blood cholesterol and LDL levels.
  • Antioxidants are present in the bran of brown rice. They help to fight the free radicals and act as anti-inflammatory agents in the human body.

What are the health risks of eating frozen brown rice?

Eating frozen brown rice increases the risk of food poisoning if they are not properly heated. Bacillus cereus is a bacteria that is present in contaminated rice and it can cause food poisoning.

This bacteria grows at a temperature between 4 to 60 degrees centigrade and has the ability to make spores. You should not keep your rice at room temperature for a longer time.

Conclusion 

In the above  guide we discussed the question, “can you freeze brown rice?” We discussed the proper ways to store brown rice. We got to know the nutritional value and health benefits of eating brown rice. We also discussed the health concerns of eating frozen brown rice.

References 

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freeze-cooked-brown-rice-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-177595
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7341349/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.