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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Important, December 23, 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer (Kitchen)
This is an excellent rice cooker but I would like to point out something very important. The directions say specifically that you must wash the rice in a strainer until the water that runs through them comes out clear. This is very important. If you are having problems with the rice bubbling up over the top of the rice cooker and getting on the counter, you probably aren't washing the rice or aren't washing it well enough. Also if you are having problems with a crust on the bottom of the rice, you probably aren't washing the rice or aren't washing it well enough. Start washing your rice and you probably won't see those two problems again. Also the rice comes out much fluffier and less gummy if you wash it.
The reason for this is that, when you get uncooked rice, there is a large amount of excess starch that is stuck to the outside of the rice that gets stuck there when the rice is processes.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2007 6:37:04 AM PDT
S. Albertini says:
Yes, you must absolutely wash your rice unless it is specifically marked "doesn't need washing." "Converted" and instant rices are not washed (they are also not made for the rice cooker).

Don't be wasteful of water and time. Two changes of water are enough in all but extreme cases. Rice is usually sold pretty clean. All you need to do is rinse it to remove any free starch and dust. Here's how.

Put the rice in the cook pot and cover it with clean water. Get your hand in there and rub the rice in the water gently but thoroughly, then pour the water out, holding a fine strainer under it to catch stray rice grains. Add fresh water and do it again. The water will look opaque or almost opaque the first time, and slightly cloudy the second time. That's good enough. Add your cooking water (and/or other ingredients, according to your recipes) and cook.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 7:41:19 AM PST
C. Farleigh says:
What about enriched rice? You'll be washing your nutrients down the drain.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2016 8:55:06 PM PDT
atticus says:
The overflow problem can be cured by keeping the veg insert in place with or without anything in it, It traps the starch bubbling before it gets to the lid.
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