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#51 76 others

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:35 AM

I thought you had to wash rice. The water is all cloudy. It makes it gluggy if you don't wash it.

#52 MontyMumma

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:01 PM

I heard that this is big in America. But health advice I have read suggests that washing the chicken only risks introducing/spreading new bacteria so it's a big no-no.

#53 MontyMumma

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:04 PM

View Post76 others, on 07 December 2018 - 11:35 AM, said:

I thought you had to wash rice. The water is all cloudy. It makes it gluggy if you don't wash it.

You don't have to wash rice, perfect rice cooking technique 1 part rice to two parts water, boil for ten minutes and turn off the heat and let it "steam" for 20 minutes.
But you have to watch the ten minute mark precisely, if the heat is too high it will boil the pot dry.
Basically you want all of the water to be almost completely gone but not so much that the rice begins to fry.

Second tip I was given as well is if you're making fried rice, always make the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. It will stop it from going gluggy in the cooking process.

#54 76 others

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:51 PM

View PostMontyMumma, on 07 December 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:



You don't have to wash rice, perfect rice cooking technique 1 part rice to two parts water, boil for ten minutes and turn off the heat and let it "steam" for 20 minutes.
But you have to watch the ten minute mark precisely, if the heat is too high it will boil the pot dry.
Basically you want all of the water to be almost completely gone but not so much that the rice begins to fry.

Second tip I was given as well is if you're making fried rice, always make the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. It will stop it from going gluggy in the cooking process.

I concur. Much better with day old rice fir fried rice

#55 Mollycoddle

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:58 PM

View PostMontyMumma, on 07 December 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:

You don't have to wash rice, perfect rice cooking technique 1 part rice to two parts water, boil for ten minutes and turn off the heat and let it "steam" for 20 minutes.
But you have to watch the ten minute mark precisely, if the heat is too high it will boil the pot dry.
Basically you want all of the water to be almost completely gone but not so much that the rice begins to fry.

Second tip I was given as well is if you're making fried rice, always make the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. It will stop it from going gluggy in the cooking process.

Yes, agree with this.  I don't get all the angst about cooking rice, I've never understood the need for a special cooker just for that purpose.  It's not that hard, you just need to not overcook it so it goes soggy!

When I do big meals for people at work I cook as described then put the pot on a board on the bench to sit, and serve straight from there.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 07 December 2018 - 01:59 PM.


#56 kirstenfleur

Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:59 PM

View PostMontyMumma, on 07 December 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:

You don't have to wash rice, perfect rice cooking technique 1 part rice to two parts water, boil for ten minutes and turn off the heat and let it "steam" for 20 minutes.
But you have to watch the ten minute mark precisely, if the heat is too high it will boil the pot dry.
Basically you want all of the water to be almost completely gone but not so much that the rice begins to fry.

Second tip I was given as well is if you're making fried rice, always make the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. It will stop it from going gluggy in the cooking process.

Well, I've learned something today! Thank you!

#57 Lunafreya

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:14 PM

The thing is...washing chicken can be largely redundant if you are cooking it for the correct time and to the correct temperature. Most contaminants are cooked out, right?

So you’re spraying your kitchen with microbes for nothing.

#58 Babetty

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:38 PM

DH is Chinese so the washing rice comes from him. While rice isn't hard to cook, I do love our electric rice cooker!

And agree with cooking the rice the day before for fried rice!

#59 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:39 PM

Ummm no, never.
How odd

#60 Crazyone26989

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:39 PM

View PostFizgig, on 07 December 2018 - 11:05 AM, said:



I was going to say this! DH’s family (Indian) wash all meat before cooking, and rice.

I don’t regularly wash chicken but if there is a large amount of juice that the chicken breast is sitting in I will try to rinse the juice away before cutting but I don’t really like the chicken getting wet.

I’m also haphazard at rinsing fruit, thoughI generally do most veggies.

Washing rice before cooking is to get rid of the excess starch. It doesn't have anything to do with hygiene. I'm lazy and don't but my DH does and his rice does taste better!

#61 Crazyone26989

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:41 PM

View PostBabetty, on 07 December 2018 - 03:38 PM, said:

DH is Chinese so the washing rice comes from him. While rice isn't hard to cook, I do love our electric rice cooker!

And agree with cooking the rice the day before for fried rice!

Agree with the rice cooker. It's not because cooking rice is hard, it's just even easier with a rice cooker and you can keep it warm for a little bit!

#62 seayork2002

Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:43 PM

I can't cook basically but DH has never washed rice and it turns out 100% each time - I have no flippin idea how he does it and no desire to ask, I am very happy to leave him to cook

I also knew about the day before cooking of rice for fried rice but we never think to have fried rice - I feel like it now,

Its weird I have lots of theory of cooking in my head but can't put it into practice.

Oh another I have in my head is cooked rice can't stored for a long time (not sure the time frame though) as it has something that can make us sick?

Edited by seayork2002, 07 December 2018 - 03:44 PM.


#63 marple

Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:00 PM

No. What? Why??
Americans are weird. Donna Hay should know better.
( Though I think she means rinsing the inside of the whole chicken to make sure there are no leftover giblets) not just hosing down your chicken breast.

#64 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:44 PM

Some brands of rice have more starch residue than others. I find woolies basmati needs washing before putting in the rice cooker otherwise it bubbles over. Other brands aren’t as bad. I don’t wash it for hygiene reasons. It’s to stop it bubbling and potentially going gluggy

Edited by ~LemonMyrtle~, 07 December 2018 - 04:44 PM.


#65 Jenflea

Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:27 PM

I only started rinsing my uncooked rice after I read about it on here.
And I use a microwave rice cooker, I never can get it right on the stove!

I don't often wash fruits or veggies to be honest, not dead yet!

I peel or cook most veggies, but really, how effective is a rinse under the tap at removing germs anyway?

#66 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:35 PM

Ew, no.

#67 la di dah

Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:55 PM

Source of contention. My mother doesn't wash chicken. My aunt washes it and uses soap(!) not just a water rinse. Though she does rinse very well after.

#68 Jenflea

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:20 PM

But cooking will kill the bacteria!

In fact, if any bacteria survives a 200c oven for an hour, it deserves to kill me! It's stronger than I am.

#69 WaitForMe

Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:57 PM

I wash veggies to remove dirt, not germs. Broccoli in particular because it never looks dirty yet I've had many a gritty broccoli.

Given when we wash our hands, its to remove the germs rather than kill them, I've always wondered how important the soap is when theres no visible dirt. Although we have oils in our skin, needing soap just like dirt. So maybe a good rinse of veggies at least does remove germs as it doesn't require soap?

I don't know. Ever since my first pregnancy I've been a bit suspicious of the point of washing veg.

#70 WaitForMe

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:00 PM

I don't wash chicken but I do wash the containers it comes in for recycling.

So I still risk spreading bacteria all over my kitchen. I don't tend to prepare food near the sink though, so I'm not overly concerned.

#71 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:04 PM

View PostMontyMumma, on 07 December 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:

Second tip I was given as well is if you're making fried rice, always make the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. It will stop it from going gluggy in the cooking process.
I still fry my rice (sesame oil and butter) and then gradually pour in small quantities of stock until each is absorbed, then more stock until the rice is cooked. I have no idea why. I blame high school home science. Though I do like the nutty taste that the frying gives it.

Washing the chicken? I can just imagine a whole chicken, and giving it a good scrub around the parson's nose and under the wing-pits.

#72 Lou-bags

Posted 07 December 2018 - 10:57 PM

View PostWaitForMe, on 07 December 2018 - 10:00 PM, said:


So I still risk spreading bacteria all over my kitchen.

It’s a bit different though. You don’t rinse a contaminated dish or container under cold water without soap and then shake it off or let to drip a bit before moving it onto a plate/cutting board/ into some paper towel. You put it into hot soapy water.


And to PP questioning using soap vs just plain water on hands- washing with soap is far more effective than water alone (which is still much better than nothing). Especially if used properly, not just a cursory rub of the hands and rinse.

#73 Fizgig

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:44 PM

View PostCrazyone26989, on 07 December 2018 - 03:39 PM, said:



Washing rice before cooking is to get rid of the excess starch. It doesn't have anything to do with hygiene. I'm lazy and don't but my DH does and his rice does taste better!

For DH’s family they wash it to clean it, not to get rid of starch.

#74 BECZ

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:44 PM

View PostSkeptiHandsOnMum, on 07 December 2018 - 10:04 PM, said:


I still fry my rice (sesame oil and butter) and then gradually pour in small quantities of stock until each is absorbed, then more stock until the rice is cooked. I have no idea why. I blame high school home science. Though I do like the nutty taste that the frying gives it.

My mum cooks her rice for fried rice like this.

#75 BECZ

Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:54 PM

I think it depends on how you cook the rice if you need to wash/rinse it first.  
If you use the absorption method, it's better to rinse, but if you boil it on the stove until cooked and then drain off the excess water, it's not necessary.  Australian grown rice is prewashed, but DF still rinses off the excess starch before cooking.  
I think washing is also a habit for many due to the way it was dried.  Traditionally it was quite normal and possibly still is in some countries to dry it on the side of the road for and example, so pre-washing was recommended.

Pre-rinsing the rice is a bit of an ongoing argument/joke between DF and I.




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