Q. My son loves rice pudding, and often asks me to make it for him when the weather is cold. The thing is, it takes a long time to make, and I don’t always feel like making it when he asks. I would love to be able to make a big batch, and then freeze it in individual serving size portions so that all I have to do is pop some out of the freezer when he wants it. I’m worried that the pudding will taste funny after freezing and my son won’t eat it, making it a waste of time. Can you freeze rice pudding?
A. Actually, you’re in luck! Rice pudding freezes really well, with the exception of the raisins. Raisins have a tendency to dry out and get hard in the freezer, so it’s recommended that you cook up your rice pudding without the raisins, and then add them in during the reheating process later.
How to freeze rice pudding?
To freeze rice pudding, first cook your pudding according to your favourite recipe, minus the raisins. Allow the pudding to cool completely, and then give it a good stir to incorporate everything together. Rice pudding must be protected from freezer burn, so be sure to choose proper freezer bags or solid freezer-safe containers to freeze the pudding in.
Scoop the desired amount of pudding into the freezer bag or container. Be sure to leave some extra headroom to allow for expansion during the freezing process. Seal the container and then label and date it. Rice pudding should keep for about 3 months in the freezer before it start to lose taste and texture. Stack the freezer bags or containers in the freezer to save space.
To thaw rice pudding, remove the container from the freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge. Rice pudding can also be thawed in the microwave. It can also be reheated directly from frozen. Do not thaw rice pudding on the counter, as the milk content can begin to grow bacteria. Heat the rice pudding in a saucepan over low heat. You may need to add a small amount of milk to the pudding, as the rice will have soaked up some liquid. Add the raisins at this time if you are including them in your pudding. Enjoy thawed rice pudding within 2 days of thawing. Never reheat previously frozen rice pudding.