This is probably a long shot, but does anyone have a good recommendation for a small microwavable, reusable container (preferably plastic or otherwise hard to break)?
I often cook up rice and break it up into ~100g portions, which I freeze and re-heat later. Right now they take up way too much freezer space because I put them in Hillshire Farms containers.
I have a bunch of 4.5” x 4.5” x 2” rubbermade containers that are about the right size, but if I microwave those they usually develop pits or cloudiness.
I’d love something small and shallow like that, but made of gladware or something.
@cnx Well I mean whatever Hillshire Farms containers are made of (Gladware I guess?) work just fine, they’re just the wrong size.
I would probably be interested in new ways to preserve the rice better, but honestly I’m not too picky about my rice. A lot of it gets eaten by my children, who do not have especially sophisticated palettes. “I can go pull something out of the freezer and have food in front of the kids in 5 minutes” is a major driver of my reasoning.
In my experience, freezing the rice as soon as it’s cooked tends to retain the maximum moisture (though it’s possible that texture suffers — I haven’t noticed that so much, but I also use a microwave rice cooker, so from what I gather I’m already a rice philistine).
Ah yea @pganssle, I got the context now. 100 ml containers are pretty small and all I’ve seen are meant for condiment so they might not be the best at heat resistance. Stabbing a block of retrograded rice in half is no fun either, so I suggest getting the smaller containers and microwaving the rice in a ceramic bowl/plate (bonus point if your children’s plates are microwave-safe). When it’s still moist all it takes to clean should just be rinsing under water.
(I eat rice almost every meal and would prefer freshly cooked one, not that reheated ones are worse, they are just different. But because we eat it regularly in large quantity we can set it up in advance; it’s still 5 minutes, just many hours before the meal.)
@cnx I think when the rice is frozen it’s likely to be stuck to the sides of the container, so taking it out of the container it’s in is not ideal.
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