Do you rinse rice?

In this brief article, we will provide you with the answer to the question: “Do you rinse rice?”, talk about how to prepare great rice, and discuss how to store cooked rice.

Do you rinse rice?

It depends on the type of rice. It is not necessary to wash polished (white) rice. Because the grain’s husk has been removed, it is no longer protected.  Its nutrients, including B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, may be lost when washed or soaked. 

Another reason to avoid washing is that it might cause the rice to stick together after cooking owing to the hydration of the starch. 

White rice is polished, and the end product is a white powder. That is, it is not dirt or pollutants, but food particles. In fact, when polished, the grain is cleaned, making cleaning the rice before cooking even more unnecessary. 

Furthermore, uncooked rice does not provide an environment suitable for the establishment and multiplication of germs. Not to mention that the heat of heating will kill any hazardous germs present in the grain. 

Even microbes are not totally eradicated when water is applied to food. In other words, we get the mistaken impression that by washing the rice, we are ‘cleaning’ it. 

Washing rice does not reduce its calorie content. Although certain nutrients may be lost during washing, rice does not lose starch since it is a component of the grain’s structure, just as it is in potatoes or wheat. Starch is a simple carbohydrate that provides energy (calories) to our bodies.

Washing rice is not always “wrong”, however. As it still has its protective husk, brown rice is less likely to lose vitamins and minerals when washed. 

Parboiled rice — widely used for making risottos — will also not lose its nutritional value if it goes into the colander. In the parboiling process, the grain is immersed in water heated to about 50 °C. This “seals” the food and makes it retain its nutrients.

As there are different types of rice, many of which already undergo a cleaning process, the recommendation is to read the package instructions before preparing the food. There it will describe the need for washing or not.

How to prepare rice?

The preparation of loose rice is not a mystery: just follow the proportions and times for it to work out. Sautéed with onion and bay leaf, it is tasty and fragrant.

For preparing this great rice, you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice (tea)
  • 2 quarts water (tea)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • One bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation method:

The onion should be peeled and coarsely chopped. Bring a little more than 2 cups (tea) of water to a low boil in a pot.

Preheat a medium saucepan on low heat. Drizzle with oil and add the onion when it’s heated. Season with salt and sauté for 2 minutes, or until wilted. Mix in the bay leaf well.

Stir in the rice for approximately 1 minute to cover all of the grains with the oil – this helps the rice fluff up after cooking. 

Measure 2 cups (tea) boiling water, plus water for the rice Season with salt, mix thoroughly, and turn the heat up to medium, not stirring anymore.

Reduce the heat and partially cover the pan after the water reaches the same level as the rice. Allow it to simmer until the rice absorbs all of the water — to test if the water has dried, poke the rice with a fork and carefully take some grains from the bottom of the pan; if it is still wet, cook it for a little longer.

Turn off the heat and cover the pan for 5 minutes before serving to allow the beans to finish cooking in their own steam. Then, using a fork, fluff the beans and transfer them to a bowl.

How should cooked rice be stored in the refrigerator?

Once cooked, rice may be stored in the fridge for 4 to 6 days. After cooking, place it in an airtight container and chill it for up to two hours. Tip: Wait until it is ready to cook before opening the packet. Food keeps fresher for longer if your fridge is well-organized. 

To thaw, place the rice in the fridge, so leave it overnight to thaw completely. Then remove the lid, remove the aluminum foil or plastic wrap and sprinkle a few drops of water over the rice.

Click here to learn about how to store large amounts of rice.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we provided you with the answer to the question: “Do you rinse rice?”, talked about how to prepare great rice, and discussed how to store cooked rice.

References

“Check-up VivaBem.” Accessed February 22, 2022. https://www.uol.com.br/vivabem/noticias/redacao/2018/05/23/lavar-o-arroz-antes-de-cozinhar-faz-com-que-ele-perca-nutrientes.htm.

“Como conservar o Arroz Cozido Na Geladeira?” Accessed February 22, 2022. https://vocepergunta.com/library/artigo/read/68263-como-conservar-o-arroz-cozido-na-geladeira.

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.