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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