Expert Author Micah Medina
If you’re lucky enough to own a rice cooker, you already know how simple and effective it can be. There’s nothing cooler than tossing a little rice and water in a machine and getting a hot, fluffy bowl of rice a few minutes later. But one of the most common annoyances in cooking rice with or without a machine is the rinsing process. When you’re hungry, it’s annoying to soak rice in a bowl and wait. What makes it even worse is never being totally sure whether you’re supposed to do it in the first place. There are some people who swear by washing their rice, and other people who think it’s pointless! The truth is, neither of these camps are entirely right.

Whether you need to rinse your rise depends greatly on the kind of rice you use. Usually, rice makers mill their rice to remove the husk and bran. What’s left behind is that white stuff most Americans are used to! With brown rice, the husk has been removed, but the bran is still on it. That gives it a nuttier taste, a bit like the differences between white and brown rice. It’s more nutritious, but it can get sticky and collect impurities during shipping. If you’ve got brown rice, soaking it is a must.

When shouldn’t you rinse your rise? Basmati and Jasmine rices shouldn’t get soaked because they’ve got an aromatic flavor — and that flavor is the main reason you’re spending the extra money! It’s also important to note that those rices tend to have a larger grain than the standard varieties. Generally speaking, the larger the grain, the less susceptible to stickiness the rice is. This means that the benefits of rinsing basmati and jasmine rice are reduced even further.

Of course, white rice is the most common rice. Should you rinse it? Well, it depends. The United States government mandates that everyone who makes unmilled white rice has to sprinkle some vitamins on top of it to make it as nutritious as brown rice. If the rice has been “enriched” in this manner, rinsing it will actually remove those valuable nutrients. Check the bag before you make your purchase. If the rice hasn’t been enriched, go ahead and rinse it — you’ll remove talcum power, glucose, and other impurities.

Keep in mind that rice that’s been rinsed tends to be less sticky and has a smoother texture when cooking. Whether you’re using a rice cooker or a pot, ask yourself whether you can afford to afford to lose the stuff that’s on top of it.

By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *