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Is it necessary to rinse white rice before cooking?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 05, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I started eating some white rice (ala PHD) and while conventional wisdom recommends rinsing the rice, I wanted to ask PH about this.

It's my understanding that the need for rinsing originated due to talc usage in rice processing but AFAIK, talc isn't used anymore.

Damian

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on June 06, 2012
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Mambo, I've never timed it, but it seems to take a very long time. Of course, I'm measuring this time while I'm busy trying to get a meal on the table in about 30 minutes, and I need the rice to cook for 20. It just might take 10-15 minutes - I put it in a mesh strainer, and put that in a bowl, and let the water run. Lift it out occasionally to dump the water, shake it around, etc.

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on June 06, 2012
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Yeah it would be interesting. I'd like them to include why the government felt it was a good idea to force supplementation in certain foods.

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:57 AM

As for the long grain (including Bismatti), I rinse at least three times. Most long-grains are enriched and sometimes it won't say it's enriched but you can tell by looking at the nutrition info table showing niacin, Vit A, iron, and folate. You don't want folate neither in your rice nor in your multivitamin.

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on June 06, 2012
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Kent, how long do you rinse your sushi rice?

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at 11:03 PM

Wouldn't that make a good exposé video: the process of how they add vitamins to things like rice and flour?

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on June 05, 2012
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I do the same thing. I just follow what the bag says.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Yes, Paul Jaminet suggests that another benefit of rinsing is to reduce the niacin and folic acid that's part of the enrichment as well.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Rinsing the rice beforehand removes any excess starch. This prevents the rice from clumping together after cooking.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I beleivce you might also rinse it if you want to get rid of some of the enrichement that white rice has added by law if in the US. Read that somewhere.

Iron is one of the things they add so if you are interested in lowering iron intake - rinse white rise.

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on June 06, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Yeah it would be interesting. I'd like them to include why the government felt it was a good idea to force supplementation in certain foods.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Yes, Paul Jaminet suggests that another benefit of rinsing is to reduce the niacin and folic acid that's part of the enrichment as well.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2012
at 11:03 PM

Wouldn't that make a good exposé video: the process of how they add vitamins to things like rice and flour?

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on June 05, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I think it also depends on the kind of rice. When I make short-grain sushi rice, I soak it AND rinse it until the water runs clear. Long grain rice, I don't bother. Generally the packaging will suggest how the rice should be treated prior to cooking.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 05, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I do the same thing. I just follow what the bag says.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 06, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Kent, how long do you rinse your sushi rice?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on June 06, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Mambo, I've never timed it, but it seems to take a very long time. Of course, I'm measuring this time while I'm busy trying to get a meal on the table in about 30 minutes, and I need the rice to cook for 20. It just might take 10-15 minutes - I put it in a mesh strainer, and put that in a bowl, and let the water run. Lift it out occasionally to dump the water, shake it around, etc.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 06, 2012
at 01:57 AM

As for the long grain (including Bismatti), I rinse at least three times. Most long-grains are enriched and sometimes it won't say it's enriched but you can tell by looking at the nutrition info table showing niacin, Vit A, iron, and folate. You don't want folate neither in your rice nor in your multivitamin.

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