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Why You Should Stockpile Rice in Your Freezer

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If you keep rice in your freezer, you're not far from a ailment-healing, feeling-wrought-from-the-holidays cure-all—aka nearly instant congee.

Congee is, at its core, a simple Chinese rice porridge that's typically eaten for breakfast, however it's good anytime of day. For superfast congee, user Edna shared that she throws about a cup of cooked, frozen rice in 5 cups of water and/or stock (use whatever ratio you like, adjusting the salt/seasoning as necessary) and boils it on high for 10 to 15 minutes until the rice is nearly falling apart and the whole thing's nice and thick. Using frozen rice cuts down the congee's cook time significantly, as most congees call for slowly simmering everything for 60 to 90 minutes.

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Opt for white rice, either long or short grain, which works best for congee as it breaks down into that silky texture you're looking for. And you can use whatever stock you like, however a good-quality, homemade chicken stock will never be remiss.

As for the toppings, you use what you have on hand (this is supposed to be superfast, after all!). Here are some suggestions:

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Tell us: What ingredient or dish do you keep in your freezer for near-instant comfort?