Rice: To rinse or not to rinse, that is the question
However, and although the custom is deeply rooted in many Portuguese homes, should we really rinse rice? Or not?
And the answer is... no! Two key explanations for that. Firstly, the whole process of transformation of rice is quality controlled and certified, in full compliance with hygiene and safety food standards. Moreover, the whole process takes place naturally and without any human, manual contact, which will ensure a totally clean end-product. Secondly, you should not rinse rice before cooking because many varieties will lose their essential nutrients during the rinsing. The losses are significant when we think of proteins and potassium, as well as vitamins B1, B2 and B3.
So, next time you cook rice, forget about your grandma's methods and do not rinse. You will benefit - and your Family, too.