Everyone cooks rice.

The process is too simple, so even those who don’t really spend a lot of time in the kitchen can do this job easily. But there are some people who want to do everything perfectly – including cooking rice. One question that is commonly asked is whether or not rinsing or washing rice is necessary.

To Wash or Not to Wash?

Some people who are lazy have probably never even tried washing their rice. They believe that the heat when they cook their rice is enough to kill all the germs. In some places, this is common, but there are also places where this laziness is frowned upon. If there’s dirt, twigs, or any other impurities in your rice, then it is mandatory to wash it. But if it doesn’t, should you just leave it alone?

To wash or not to wash, that is the question / PicHelp
To wash or not to wash, that is the question / PicHelp

One of the biggest differences in washed and unwashed rice is the texture. After putting your rice in a pot, you will need to wash it and drain the water three times or until the water becomes clear. Let it boil and cook it just how you normally would. After these steps, here are the things you can expect:

  • Rice grains are separated or they separate easily.
  • The rice that underwent the washing treatment is fluffier.
  • Rice grains are also al dente, firm to the bite but just right.

On the other hand, if you don’t wash your rice, here are the results:

  • The grains result in big clumps that are really sticky.
  • The texture is also quite gluey.

With the difference in texture, washed rice is generally more preferred. Additionally, unwashed rice, while boiling, has more bubbles than washed rice. Rice is starchy, but unwashed rice has more starch. When cooking it, the starch will meld the grains together and will turn them into a few lumps.

When Rinsing is Really Necessary

There was a time when the white rice manufactured was processed with a mineral known as talc. This gave the product a whiter and much cleaner appearance. So, rinsing was definitely mandatory. But the white rice grown in the US today is no longer processed this way. However, it is important to know that most imported rice grains still have talc or other compounds, such as rice powder and powdered glucose. While these extras are safe to eat, you can get rid of them by simply washing your rice. Some recipes though call for sticky texture of rice, so if you know your rice does not have add-ons, you can leave it unwashed.