Originally Posted by Andy M.
There is no harm in freezing the rice wrapped in plastic. Some plastic wraps (I don't know if Saran Wrap is one) recommend you don't heat food in the microwave with plastic wrap in direct contact with the food.
Yep, Andy M. Saran Wrap
is different - it doesn't contain BPA (bisphenol A), adipates (DEHA) or phthalates (DEHP). And, Harold McGee did a study of plastic wraps and noted several advantages of Saran over other plastic wraps in The Curious Cook
Originally Posted by GotGarlic
Also, just FYI, hard rice does not equal stale rice. Rice hardens when it's chilled, but when it's reheated, it softens up again. So it can be kept in the fridge for several days.
You bet! Good fried rice needs day old rice. The process of cooling and refrigerating cooked rice overnight allows the starch to crystallize (a process called retro-gradation). This allows the rice to remain firm during the stir-fry process instead of turning into the gluey mush you get trying to use fresh cooked rice. Reheating by any method will soften it up.
As for storage of cooked rice - per the USA Rice Federation
"Cooked rice, when not eaten immediately, should be cooled quickly. To store, place in shallow container, cover tightly, and refrigerate or freeze. Cooked rice may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen up to 6 months."