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Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice

I am having epic rice-cooker failure here.

I measure out the amount of rice suggested by the little cup thingy. I rinse it with a bowl and a strainer until the water is clear while rinsing. Then I put the rice in and fill it to the appropriate line in my Rice Cooker with fresh water. After cooking for a little while, it immediately begins to boil over and nasty bubbles start popping out of the little hole in the top, dumping yucky, sticky water all over the place.

The Rice, when all is said and done, is alright but it's a hell of a mess! What am I doing wrong?

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The answers here (cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/8618/…) may be of help to you. For example, do you wash your rice before cooking? –  justkt Dec 7 '10 at 19:51
I do. I rinse it with a bowl and strainer until the water is clear. –  Drew Dec 7 '10 at 19:57
@Sam Holder - I actually think the substance of this question is somewhat different, as the asker is already trying the proposed solution of the question you linked as a duplicate. I have voted to reopen. –  justkt Dec 7 '10 at 21:24
@juskt, I reopened. I still feel that the question is a duplicate of that one though, its just that other answers than the accepted one might be correct in this case. We can leave it open and see if it gets any new answers which specifically answer this then merge it with the other maybe... –  Sam Holder Dec 7 '10 at 22:35
I think that since rinsing is done, that this is a different question which requires a different answer. –  kzh Dec 10 '10 at 19:15

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I've heard that adding a little olive oil (any kind) can help with bubbling over.

Otherwise if you don't get any answers, consider that your rice cooker might be broken. If you get that far, try to borrow someone else's and repeat your method.

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Put a little bit of butter in before cooking. The fat on the top will prevent the bubbles from surviving for too long and therefore not allow it to boil over. The olive oil should work as well, but I don't know if that has the required amount of fat needed.

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maybe just try reducing the water by a little amount at a time, each time you make it, until it works out right? seems odd to me that even though you are rinsing & measuring your rice, and adding the recommended water, that this would be happening. my rice cooker is foolproof when i follow the directions like that!

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This happens to me, too...in fact that is exactly why I am here, because I was googling for a solution! I will try a more through rinsing of the rice and the butter thing next time. BUT I think the real answer is the quality of the rice itself. When I used a higher quality rice (when I first got my rice cooker) I didn't have this problem, of late I have not bought the better rice and I have a mess on my hands. So maybe the more aggressive rinsing will help.

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