trader joe's frozen brown rice

Trader Joe’s has several kinds of pre-cooked rice available frozen in individual 2-serving bags, my favorite being the Organic Frozen Brown Rice. You would never guess that rice this good came out of a microwave. The kernels are distinct, flavorful, tender… and ready in 3 minutes!

I was shopping at Trader Joe’s for *years* before I finally tried the frozen brown rice. How could it be any good? It wasn’t until I was walking into Trader Joe’s one day and I saw a woman in the parking lot pushing a cart to her car filled with boxes of Frozen Organic Brown Rice. That’s all she had in her cart – maybe 20 boxes of brown rice!  Being an introvert, I rarely walk up and start chatting with strangers, but I had to know. She told me that Trader Joe’s was often out of stock on this very popular item and that she loved it so much she would stock up whenever she saw it. She couldn’t bear to be without it. Well, that day I bought my first box.

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. 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.

Hey, what’s 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 and trying to do too many other things at the same time.