Rice Rinsing Bowl with Side and Bottom Drainers
Most people in Asia wouldn’t dream of cooking rice without washing it first. Why? Because many types of rice may be coated with powdered talc, glucose or rice powder or, in the case of enriched rice, coated with additives that replace the nutrition lost when the grain is milled. In developing countries, small insect pests such as weevils may also be an issue when the grain is stored in bulk and rinsing will help to remove these.
No, it’s safe to eat without rinsing, but washing off the powder will improve the flavor and give you fluffier, less sticky rice. Depending upon the coating used, the grains may be quite gluey and sticky if you don’t wash it before cooking. I first learned this during my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
You can simply measure out the amount you wish to cook, place into the rice cooker and swish it around, drain off the water, rinse and repeat – usually 5 to 6 times. However, using a rice rinsing bowl makes the process easier. The Japanese have been doing this for generations and have the process down to a science, why not get one of these rinsing bowls and rinse yours the same way? Of course you really don’t need a specialized rice washing device but they are incredibly handy. These rice rinsing bowls are also great for washing fruit and vegetables as well as other grains such as millet.
The Rice Washing Bowl is available on Amazon for about $5. It’s definitely a time saver, particularly if you’re doing this several times a week as I do.
You should always wash rice before cooking it. The result is perfect rice every time (if you use a rice cooker). However, it’s hard to find a good container to wash the small grains in. Colanders are not suitable since the holes in most colanders are too large and the tiny rice grains will escape with the water.
The bowl has draining holes at the bottom and on the sides. There are also draining holes incorporated into the little drain spout. This gives this rinsing bowl a lot of flexibility for not only washing your rice but cleaning fruits and vegetables too. You can even use it as a colander for spaghetti or anything else.