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How to freeze rice to pack for school lunch

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Want to save time when packing lunches? You’ll love this tip.

Here at MOMables, the #1 priority is to save YOU time making school lunches.

This MOMables tip is going to save you so much time AND stress.

Next time you make a batch of your favorite rice dish, double up that recipe.

Serve half to your family and freeze individual servings of the rest for future lunches. Let me show yow how easy this is!

Last night I had some leftovers of my family’s favorite rice recipe, MOMables  Cheesy Stop Light Rice.



Place individual servings of rice into ziplock baggies. Try to remove most of the air, and label with the date.

Rice dishes can be frozen up to 30 days. After that, they tend to dry out.

The morning you are ready to pack the rice for lunch, run water over the frozen bag for about 15 seconds.

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This separates the food from the sides of the bag, allowing it to slide out.
Place frozen portion of rice in a microwave save bowl and reheat in the microwave.


MOMable TIP! Add 1-2 TBS of water to the dish before microwaving. This will prevent any dryness.

While waiting for the rice to warm up, prep a thermos for the warm rice (CLICK here to learn how to). Pack cooked rice in warm thermos and WHALA!  A nice warm lunch ready to go!




How to Pack Dairy in a School Lunch

Are you tired of soggy cheese sticks coming back home in your child’s lunch box ?

I was too. Until I began using the tip in this quick 2-minute video!

Did you know that MOMables receives nearly a dozen e-mails per week asking how to keep dairy items cool? 

That’s A LOT of you asking us for help.

The reality is that kids love dairy items. As a mom, I like packing them in a school lunch because they are nutritious, easy to pack, and my kids enjoy eating them.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:

  • How can I prevent cheese from getting soggy?
  • How can I pack yogurt so it stays cool and remains safe to eat?
  • What is the best way to pack smoothies?
  • What’s considered a “complete” lunch?
  • What are your lunch-packing essentials?

I am thrilled to have partnered with the California Milk Board to bring you this fun and helpful video to show you how to pack dairy items in your child’s lunch!  In there, you will see all the questions above answered in 2 minutes! Watch, enjoy, and share with your friends.


The video in this post was created in partnership with the California Milk Advisory Board. The Real California Milk and Cheese seals are shown in the video as well as our MOMables logos. All opinions, statements, and tips are my own

—Laura Fuentes, CEO & Chief MOM