There are few treats that can evoke memories of childhood like a good bowl of rice pudding. It is the very definition of comfort food. We can all remember cherished moments enjoying a bowl after dinner, or on a Saturday afternoon during a weekend with our grandparents. It’s those memories that can motivate us as adults to try and re-create those memories with our children, or to just take a walk down memory for ourselves. Sometimes in our excitement to do just that, we might make a bit too much. And we start thinking these questions. Can you freeze rice pudding? How long does rice pudding last in the fridge?
The answer is yes. You can freeze rice pudding. We are often reluctant to freeze food. The thinking is that fresh is always better and that freezing food will somehow mean that you have wasted it. Here’s the thing: What’s wasting it is to not freeze it. So, if you can’t find room in your stomach for that last bowl of rice pudding, find some room in the freezer to avoid wastage.
The first thing that you’ll want to do is make sure that you are safely freezing the rice pudding. If it’s been sitting out for a while, re-heat it and then allow it to cool for a few minutes until you can handle it safely. This will kill any bacteria that may have grown while the food was sitting out. So long as you move quickly to freeze it after re-heating it, you should be safe.
After assuring that the rice pudding is safe, you need to put it in a freezer bag. If you plan to serve it as part of a meal, a large bag would be best. But if the plan is to use it in lunches, or as individual snacks, several smaller bags will be more appropriate.
Lastly, double check to make sure that the bag is properly sealed and then write the current date on the bag for tracking how long they have been placed in the refrigerator.
If properly sealed, a bag of rice pudding should last up to three months in the freezer.
The short answer is no. However, it is important to defrost and prepare the rice pudding in such a way that the experience of eating it will feel the same as it did when you originally prepared it.
If you are not in urgent need to consume the rice pudding, the best thing is to simply place the frozen bag into a small bowl and allow it to defrost in your refrigerator overnight. The rice pudding should remain in the refrigerator until such time when you are ready to re-heat it.
If you have less time, you can place it in a small bowl and use the defrost setting on your microwave to speed up the process. find a microwave-safe bowl and place the frozen pudding in it. However, do note that microwave will cause the pudding to dry out. To avoid this, add some milk and stir it until you are satisfied with the consistency.
It’s best not to. The concern is the milk in the rice pudding. The act of defrosting it can run the risk of having it spoil, so it’s not advisable to refreeze rice pudding. Thus, it is a good idea to freeze rice pudding in appropriate portions in small bags to avoid wastage.
The safest way to re-heat rice pudding is to wait until it is fully defrosted and then cover it a serving bowl before putting it in the microwave.
If you only have a stove top, you should place it in a sauce pan and re-heat on low heat while stirring constantly to ensure that the milk does not spoil or burn.
Yes, that’s right. Frozen rice pudding is a great treat in the summer. Just put some whipped cream on it if you like a creamy texture. Enjoy!