I’ve never really understood those individual bowls of rice they sell at the store: the kind precooked in plastic bowls and selling for a dollar and up per serving.
If you have a microwave to heat rice, you probably have a refrigerator/freezer to store it in too, so why not freeze your extra rice for later? It’s perfect to take to the office, or for those occasions where you just need a little and don’t want to make a full pot.
As part of this effort to both save money and reduce packaging waste, I purchased a variety of silicone trays. For rice, I like this particular size. This tray is also great for soup or broth freezing. I also really like this tray, but it’s only sporadically available on Amazon.
Store your rice in the freezer until ready to use, then microwave for a minute or so and your frozen rice is ready to eat. Instead of spending a dollar or more, you’ve spent 25 cents. You’ve also saved our planet through reduced one-time use packaging.
Side note: I have a coworker that takes the frozen rice concept one step further, wraps her spam musubi in plastic wrap and freezes those. They make nice quick snacks for a later date.