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Do you wash your rice?
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    Thread created on 18:32:21 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    While swimming through the forums, the controversial topic about cleaning chicken popped up…

    which prompted me to have a discussion with my roommates about washing chicken.

    It seems we are all on the same page - now it has come to my attention that some of my roommates

    don’t clean the rice before cooking it … there are now new rules in place about cooking in the home. LOL.

    I grew up using an electric rice cooker to make my rice, what do you use?

    • Do you wash your rice before cooking?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I rinse after it’s cooked¿
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    Posted on 21:43:51 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    I don't wash rice. I usually use microwave rice packs, they are like 35p each and some already have flavours. When I boil rice I don't wash it though and tend to use 2to1 water-to-rice volume.
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    Posted on 22:53:24 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    masheen [2625139]

    I don't wash rice. I usually use microwave rice packs, they are like 35p each and some already have flavours. When I boil rice I don't wash it though and tend to use 2to1 water-to-rice volume.
    I’m not sure if the production for the brand of rice you purchase is similar to the brands I buy. 
    My parents always told me the process of rice was very dirty and that’s why it was “imperative
    we wash our rice before cooking”. I’ve never cooked rice on the stove either though; we’ve always
    done it in a rice cooker (water to rice ratio is 1:1 in a rice cooker) - giving us access to fresh rice
    anytime of the day. There was a time I used those microwave pouch ones that you heat up, but I
    always thought the taste of them was weird.. but I also never bought the flavored ones. I crave
    jasmine rice daily, so it didn’t occur to me to just flavor the microwave pouch ones.
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    Posted on 22:59:31 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    masheen [2625139]

    I don't wash rice. I usually use microwave rice packs, they are like 35p each and some already have flavours. When I boil rice I don't wash it though and tend to use 2to1 water-to-rice volume.

    shyleenus [2772040]

    I’m not sure if the production for the brand of rice you purchase is similar to the brands I buy.
    My parents always told me the process of rice was very dirty and that’s why it was “imperative
    we wash our rice before cooking”. I’ve never cooked rice on the stove either though; we’ve always
    done it in a rice cooker (water to rice ratio is 1:1 in a rice cooker) - giving us access to fresh rice
    anytime of the day. There was a time I used those microwave pouch ones that you heat up, but I
    always thought the taste of them was weird.. but I also never bought the flavored ones. I crave
    jasmine rice daily, so it didn’t occur to me to just flavor the microwave pouch ones.
    I think I was told to do this as well but I just don't tbh...

    I mostly use Mexican/Egg Fried Rice pouches. But recently started on Basmati rice pouches which are okay as well.
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    Posted on 23:15:21 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    If the good lord intended my rice to be washed, it would come out of the ground already washed. Also I eat potting soil directly from my garden
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    Posted on 23:36:22 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Who has time to wash rice? You are sticking it in boiling water, it is all good...

    How did you go from chicken to rice? Eating raw rice will not f**k you up...

    I will never lie to you. What I say is how I feel...

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    Posted on 23:40:55 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    I cook a lot of indian--so my main reference is typically long basmati, but I almost always soak for 15 minutes then give a quick rinse.
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    Posted on 23:46:37 - 27/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    the reason to wash it is, apart from the dirt which i think is an obsolete reason if you buy packaged rice from supermarket brands, is the inorganic arsenic contained in it.
    washing it before cooking it isn't that effective as far as i know. cooking it in a lot of water and than throwing away all the water is what should decrease any possible level of arsenic within safe limits.
    do you need to do it? it depends where your rice is from and you can easy google it as i did and find out. the one i buy is usually from India/Pakistan and it seems that rice don't have dangerous level of arsenic that can require washing it.

    all of this is the limited knowledge i've gained recently about the argument, i didn't even know that this was a problem a month or so ago. so, do your own research if you are worried.
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    Posted on 00:09:10 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    I don't wash it no, but it's not that the rice is dirty, it's more to wash off excess starch. I do wash sushi rice as that's part of the process
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    Posted on 00:17:16 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Washing rice is unnecessary.

    The only time it's feasible is if your using the starch water for things such as Korean natural farming, fermentation projects, or feeding plants (which are all interrelated tbh).

    As a former chef, we never washed rice. If it isn't well dried after washing, it can introduce much more water than intended due to how much water can be held between the grains, which then changes the consistency of the end product.

    Any supposed benefits that rinsing the rice would achieve, would also be achieved during the cooking process, so your adding extra time/steps, and possibly messing with the texture/water content of the end product, when the simple act of boiling would kill off anything funky.

    I keep jasmine, basmati, long grain white, long grain brown, and short grain arborio rice in my home, have cooked with each many times, and can say definitively that none BENEFIT from washing beforehand.
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    Posted on 01:38:31 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    I wash my rice, it only takes 20 seconds. I use the measuring line on my rice cooker so that the additional water from the rinsing process doesn't result in water downed rice.

    I don't eat pouch rice. I'm not sure how it is in other countries, but in the states the sodium content on those is alarming.
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    Posted on 03:00:53 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Wash it til the water is clear or close. Usually 3 or 4 times.
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    Posted on 03:46:32 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Wash it til the water is clear or close. Usually 3 or 4 times.
    This is what I’ve always done; I usually keep the rice water instead of draining to wash my hair! I just keep it in a couple of big spray bottles in the bathroom 
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    Posted on 03:50:21 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Who has time to wash rice? You are sticking it in boiling water, it is all good...

    How did you go from chicken to rice? Eating raw rice will not f**k you up...
    Some of my roommates are Asian and some are not - if that can give you a better picture on how it came up LOL 
    my asian roommates and I were mortified to find out that the others didn’t clean the rice before cooking, but it also
    answered a some of our questions, being “why does the rice taste like this”. Now it could be in our heads but jasmine
    rice just does not taste right if not rinsed properly in our opinion.
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    Posted on 03:54:17 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    No need to rinse rice haiyaaa~
    There's nothing dirty, maybe some dust only,
    just dump in a rice cooker, fuiyoh~

    PS: I'm Taiwanese, cook rice more than hundred times already :P
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    Posted on 03:54:47 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Blunt [2076337]

    Washing rice is unnecessary.

    The only time it's feasible is if your using the starch water for things such as Korean natural farming, fermentation projects, or feeding plants (which are all interrelated tbh).

    As a former chef, we never washed rice. If it isn't well dried after washing, it can introduce much more water than intended due to how much water can be held between the grains, which then changes the consistency of the end product.

    Any supposed benefits that rinsing the rice would achieve, would also be achieved during the cooking process, so your adding extra time/steps, and possibly messing with the texture/water content of the end product, when the simple act of boiling would kill off anything funky.

    I keep jasmine, basmati, long grain white, long grain brown, and short grain arborio rice in my home, have cooked with each many times, and can say definitively that none BENEFIT from washing beforehand.
    This is puzzling to me because I’ve been making jasmine rice all my life and never noticed a difference in how the rice turns out if not “well dried after washing”. 
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    Posted on 03:58:50 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    No need to rinse rice haiyaaa~
    There's nothing dirty, maybe some dust only,
    just dump in a rice cooker, fuiyoh~

    PS: I'm Taiwanese, cook rice more than hundred times already :P
    Rice status: ANNIHILATED
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    Posted on 03:58:59 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    NaT_9_3_0 [2699023]



    No need to rinse rice haiyaaa~
    There's nothing dirty, maybe some dust only,
    just dump in a rice cooker, fuiyoh~

    PS: I'm Taiwanese, cook rice more than hundred times already :P
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    Posted on 04:01:11 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    Think this another way:

    Who wash spaghetti before cooking it?
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    Posted on 04:03:41 - 28/04/22 (2 years ago)
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    anarchiA [2632824]

    the reason to wash it is, apart from the dirt which i think is an obsolete reason if you buy packaged rice from supermarket brands, is the inorganic arsenic contained in it.
    washing it before cooking it isn't that effective as far as i know. cooking it in a lot of water and than throwing away all the water is what should decrease any possible level of arsenic within safe limits.
    do you need to do it? it depends where your rice is from and you can easy google it as i did and find out. the one i buy is usually from India/Pakistan and it seems that rice don't have dangerous level of arsenic that can require washing it.

    all of this is the limited knowledge i've gained recently about the argument, i didn't even know that this was a problem a month or so ago. so, do your own research if you are worried.
    I clean my rice because of the taste but I didn’t know what exactly made rice so “dirty”. I didn’t exactly question my parents logic haha just went with it. All my rice is from Thailand though so I’m definitely even more curious now. 
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