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Do I need to rinse rice?

Some rice -- short-grain white rice in particular -- almost always needs to be rinsed of the powdery starch that builds up around it during transport. Brown rice, since it still has its hull, doesn't create as much buildup in the bag or box.

All rice probably gets a little dirty between the farm and the store shelf. A good rule of thumb is to rinse new brands and varieties the first few times you use them. If the water's crystal clear, they may not need rinsing the next time.

To rinse rice, add it directly to the saucepan or a bowl, fill it with cold water, and swish the rice around with your fingers. Check the clarity of the water, pour it out (keeping the rice in the pan with your hand), and repeat until the water is clear.

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