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Old 11-09-2009, 06:31 PM   #21
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Wash it!!! Generally rice is not washed when it is produced so when you buy it and bring it home there is still an abundant amount of dirt, dust, chemicals, etc on it. My Japanese grandmother always taught me to rinse the rice until the water is clear before cooking.

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Old 11-09-2009, 08:40 PM   #22
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Is there a specific type, or brand of white rice that is found in the typical Chinese take out place ?? For Indian, I buy Basmati rice, and it is exactly as I get it in an Indian restaurant. But, Im having trouble finding the same type, brand .... of white rice as i can find in the Chinese restaurants. Ive eaten Chinese food all along the east coast of Usa/ Canada, and the rice is similar, so I assume they use something other than the crap I get at the supermarket. And back to the topic of this thread, once I have the right brand/ type, is it typical for them to rinse it before steaming it ?

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:14 PM   #23
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I'd bet if you asked them they would be glad to share that information.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:09 AM   #24
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My mum always told me to wash rice to get the dirt out of it, but I learned also that if you wash it, you get some unnecessary starch out of it and keeps you a little bit trimmer.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:18 PM   #25
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As an older Calrose user... wash it! I remember the talc and other stuff... wash it! I don't ever get so complacent as to trust fruits, vegetables, beans or rice without washing them first, particularly because I spent much of my youth on my grandparent's farm. I've seen under what conditions much of our food comes from... wash it!
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #26
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I learned to wash my rice back when I was in college and dated a girl whose mom was Chinese. She washed it until the water ran clear.

Larry - check out your local Chinese market - I don't know what the brands are that I get at my Asian market (I can't read the labels) but it sure ain't Uncle Ben's!
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:50 PM   #27
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Years ago I did some experimentation with cooking rice and varying the amount of water as I wasn't happy with the outcome just using the instructions on the package. I finally figured out the proportion of water to rice that I liked best after a number of trials.

At a later time I started washing my rice and things changed. Finally, I figured out that washing rice added considerable moisture to the rice and I had to cut back a little on the water I used to cook the rice.

The rice does not actually absorb any water during the short time it is being rinsed; but the grains are so close together that they hold some water between the grains by capillary action. A cup of dry rice weighs about 180 grams; but if you rinse rice in a strainer and then place it in a pot without any special effort to remove water, the rice weighs approximately 210 grams. The difference in weight is the equivalent of 1/8 cup of water.....the amount that your called water must be reduced by to get the texture that you desire.

I know the amount of water held by the rinsed rice does not seem like a lot; but, I can tell you from first-hand experience that it does make a difference!
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:23 AM   #28
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We wash our rice 2x or 3x depending on how the rice looks...there some little pebbles that get stuck and it really needs to be clean before cooking it. It also makes the rice tender and easy to cook when you wash it.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:26 PM   #29
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I've been taught to rinse/wash the rice till its clear, and typically a 1:2 ratio of rice & water. For the past 8+ years, I've been getting Jasmin rice, for the aroma & taste .. but it doesn't seem to separate much. It's kinda like a long grain sticky rice, unless I am cooking it wrong.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:09 PM   #30
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I heard in an article and study they did in Japan and realized that washing the rice started polluting the rivers from the drain runoff and causes algae bloom. I started to not wash my rice as often and still feel like the results are still the same using long grain or sticky rice.

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