Do You Wash Your Rice Before Cooking?

Personally, I've never washed my rice before cooking, but I've seen other people insist that this step is essential. So, I'd like to ask you, dear readers: do you wash your rice before cooking? If so, why? Is there a noticeable difference in the taste and texture of the rice?

To be honest, I don't wash my rice because I am lazy. I figure that the heat in the rice cooker will kill any germs. I've seen conflicting reports on this topic. Rice-washing advocates say that washing your rice keeps it from becoming gummy or sticky, and removes any dirt or impurities. Opposers of rice-washing say that it removes important nutrients and wastes water.

What do you think?

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