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.
Professional rice eater here (over two decades of experience :ablobsunglasses:), I wonder how are those to be stored, @pganssle. There exists smaller rice cookers that can make down to ~300g at a time, which can last a day kept warmed or refrigerated for a few more (assuming your cool compartment is significantly larger than the frozen one).
PP has a melting point close to cooking oil’s smoke point so I thought it’d be impossible for such container to be soften when microwaving water-rich food like rice, but I guess superheating could be possible since we usually overdo the uneven heating to make sure all the rice is reinitialized. When in doubt, you can try putting it in a ceramic bowl (and cover it with a plate).
@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).
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