A Cheer for ... Frozen Organic Brown Rice
Frozen Organic Brown Rice:
Trader Joe's has a great pre-cooked brown rice available frozen in individual 2-serving bags. You would never guess that rice this good came out of a plastic bag heated in your microwave. The kernels are distinct, flavorful, tender... and ready in 3 minutes! My Trader Joe's is often out of stock on this item, but when it comes, you can see people buying several boxes at a time, stocking up. It's that good.
Look for it in the frozen section. Each box has 3 pouches which contain 2 cups each (6 cups total per box). You can heat the bags in the microwave, or even toss the contents in directly with veggies in a saute pan.
More about brown rice:
Brown rice is unmilled rice, so it retains the outer bran covering. It is chewier and nuttier than white rice and also has more natural nutrients. It also takes longer to cook than white rice...typically 40-50 minutes on the stove top and 5-10 minutes to sit. Often, by the time I think "hey, some brown rice would be great with this," I really don't want to wait an hour for it. That's where the frozen rice comes in! And it also helps me avoid the occasional boil-over mess I get on the stove top when cooking rice the traditional method (usually I'm doing too many things at once and I'm famous for boil-overs!)
Doing it yourself:
Just an aside...pre-cooked frozen rice is nothing new. You can do it yourself, but it's a lot more work than buying the box at TJ's. Just cook a big batch of brown rice, portion it while it's still warm, and put it in freezer bags. Lay the bag flat on the counter, taking out the extra air and making sure the rice is less than 1 inch thick. It freezes and stacks nicely.
The flavor and texture is very similar to what you would get from rice cooked on a stove top: nutty, chewy, tender but not mushy. I love that they don't salt the rice here—so just season it as desired.