Frozen Brown Rice

Maybe I've never really looked, but I haven't seen frozen brown rice outside of Trader Joe's. When I first saw the box, I dismissed it... but after getting tired of waiting forever for brown rice to cook, I gave it a try. I was skeptical when I opened the box. The rice looked strange, and the instructions called for cooking it in the microwave without any additional water. Regardless, I followed the instructions and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes as suggested. I was pleasantly surprised! I couldn't ask for much better brown rice if I cooked it myself. The taste, texture, and moisture were spot-on. I'd like to use this in various recipes where it calls for the rice to be sauteed before boiling, or slowly cooked with other ingredients... but I'm not sure how it'd turn out. Anyone have experience with it?
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07/18/2007
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byLibbyLou222

July 20, 2007

i love the stuff! I bring it to work with me and eat 1/2 of it with whatever i am eating for lunch..usually the other 1/2 gets eaten up by some hungry girl at work! It goes great with stir frys too!
bylolo akamai wahine

July 21, 2007

I agree that it looked disappointing, but one nutty tast later...yum!

It was so easy! I will NEVER.....well, hardly ever, boil my own brown rice again.
bycarolinajen

July 23, 2007

With 4 kids, this is such a great thing! It comes out perfect every time so I don't even bother making my own anymore. It goes great with any stir fry. The frozen jasmine rice is awesome if you want a white rice.
byMay

July 25, 2007

The rice doesn't have much flavor, so I sprinkle a bit of sea salt over it. One bag is two servings. Keep leftovers in the bag, fold over and stick in the fridge. To reheat, just pop the folded bag in the microwave for 1 minute and you've got fresh rice again. Don't overheat! Sure I could cook brown rice from scratch, but I don't bother.
byluvgoldens99

August 2, 2007

I use it for stirfrys. Last night I added it to my modified stuffed green pepper recipe. So I cooked it then put in recipe and baked for 45mns--perfect!
byyiyi41

August 7, 2007

I just measured out about 1/2c of this rice and 1/2c of spinach and put it in the microwave for 3min. The result was this awesome green and tender spinach rice! You've gotta try it! Add some Parmesan cheese afterwards and you've got yourself a spinach risotto!
byPickledeedee

August 23, 2007

These are great "standbys" to have in freezer. I usually take them out of the box and tuck them into the freezer door pockets to maximize space. My husband is a diabetic and has turned his nose up at brown rice in past but is perfectly happy to sub T.J.'s for any meal.
byjovanna

November 14, 2007

Seriously, we totally stock this. Not that rice is hard to make in the rice cooker. It's that this is FAST, cheap (enough) healthy and delicious in controlable portions. We have even made additionally bags halfway through dinner.

Also -- it's organic!
bybee_queen

November 16, 2007

I never make rice from scratch anymore. This texture is PERFECT, the taste is great and it takes 3 minutes. Done!
byCanyon711

December 14, 2007

I love both the Jasmine and the Brown but really miss the Spanish Rice they had that was in the same type box and frozen. It was just great but was discontinued. Would love to see it come back. I also use the Boil in Bag brown rice when out of this and it is good also but the amount of time needed to prepare this is perfect for me.
byelekra

March 11, 2008

I haven't seen this at my Trader Joe's in San Diego for some time now. Hope it's not discontinued! This rice is easy and tasty, though I do agree it needs salt or other seasoning since I love savory rice. To answer the reviewer's question, it can definitely be used in a saute without having to be microwaves or otherwise thawed first, in my experience. But I love to just microwave it for a couple of minutes and serve it as an awesome side with butter and Barbecue Grill and Broil (TJ's spice blend).
byearlysun

March 13, 2008

This brown rice beats all brown rice that I have attempted to make! The texture is just perfect, and it only takes 3 minutes!
bybailey211

April 16, 2008

My TJs has also had supply shortages of the frozen brown rice. What I've been told is that the manufacturer was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and are trying to get back to pre-hurricane levels of production but aren't there yet. They send what they can when they can. So as a result, basically the rice gets snatched up as soon as they get a batch in, as everyone is beginning to hoard it now. Hopefully they will get back to normal soon but for now, expect shortages to be pretty common.
bycecmar351

June 24, 2008

I love my TJ's frozen brown rice. Cooks quickly in either the microwave or stovetop, and has almost a nutty flavor to it. Will never settle for another brown rice. This stuff is the bomb.
bytcedre

August 9, 2008

Who has time to make brown rice on the stove? This is great with a grilled chicken breast and some veggies in a pinch. In a few minutes, it heats up and tastes fab!

My TJ is always out of it, but when it comes in...I stock up a few boxes in the freezer.
bywhaledancer

February 12, 2009

This is seriously good rice; nutty, with just a whisper of sweetness. NOT what you'd expect from a frozen food. Tastes as good as homemade, without taking 45 minutes to cook. It's such a convenience that I'm spoiled.

It's also good in recipes that call for converted or quick-cook rice (which in my opinion tastes abominable).
byTrader Giosetta

February 21, 2009

I always have a box of this in my freezer. It always comes out *delicious* and only takes 3 minutes in the microwave. The organic part makes it even more appealing. Occasionally they run out of it and I'm sad, so I always grab a box whenever I'm at TJ's.
bynutmeg2425

January 18, 2010

awesome. we use it all the time.
byDonnaMarieX

February 9, 2011

You can't beat this quick and easy frozen rice. It's WAY better than those ready cooked brown rices in the pantry section which come out so dry you have to add water. This comes out perfect and moist. I throw it in my steamer with my veggies. It's unflavored plain rice so you can spice it up or add anything you like to make it come alive. Wish they had frozen brown basmati rice.
One bag is two servings. Three bags per box.

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