How to Freeze Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is a flavorful dish made with brown or white rice, vegetables, seasonings and chicken or vegetable stock. Perfect as a side dish or to eat alone, rice pilaf is a simple dish that adds cultural flair to a main course. Freeze rice pilaf to use as a side for dinner during the week or to eat for lunch. Pair rice pilaf with steamed vegetables and meat, chicken or fish for a pleasing meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic food container

  • Cooking spoon

  • Storage bags

Step 1

Cook the rice pilaf and allow it to cool for 15 minutes. For faster results, place the pan of rice pilaf over a bowl of ice to cool. Placing hot rice pilaf in the freezer after cooking makes the rice mushy.

Step 2

Place the rice pilaf in an airtight 1-liter food container or 1-gallon storage freezer bag using a cooking spoon. Seal the container or bag properly to prevent freezer burn.

Step 3

Set the container with rice pilaf inside the freezer after the pilaf has cooled. Store pilaf in the freezer no more than one week to maintain a fresh flavor.

Step 4

Remove the rice pilaf from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight if you plan to use it in a meal the next day.

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