I'm prepping for a dinner party. And I put uncooked long grain brown rice + oil + water in a pot, as usual. But I'm not cooking it right this minute. The rice is sitting in the pot with the water. Can I leave it as is for an hour or two before cooking? Or will that sog the grains and affect the result?

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    Dry rice put in water will become wet. Do you mean uncooked rice?
    – Huangism
    Jan 19, 2015 at 20:52

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That's fine. A lot of people actually do that on purpose, it's referred to as "soaking". It will shave a bit off the cooking time and won't negatively affect the rice at all. Give it a stir before you start cooking. You can drain and rinse it too if you want, that will give you very separate, distinct grains. Use about 1/4 less water for cooking if you do it that way, because the rice will have soaked up some water.

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    @LorenPechtel I'm sure that would be fine in the vast, vast majority of cases, but I'm not sure it would be without risk. See Aaronut's comment here: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/41142/…. The issue is Bacillus Cerus The OP asked about 1-2 hours, which is totally fine. Beyond that,I believe there might be a unlikely, but serious, risk.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jan 18, 2015 at 15:24
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    @LorenPechtel Ah good. Yes, no problem in the fridge. :)
    – Jolenealaska
    Jan 18, 2015 at 19:38
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    If you soak brown rice at room temperature it changes the nutritional profile in a good way. theironyou.com/2013/09/… Jan 19, 2015 at 2:01
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    @Jolenealaska But you still cook the rice after soaking. Shouldn't cooking the rice after soaking kill anything? As far as I can see, the more dangerous emetic form of the bacteria-produced enterotoxin is produced after the rice has been cooked.
    – Moriarty
    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:27
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    @Moriarty Again, I <shrug> and say "probably??" There is a question here that I ducked and offered a different solution: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/41142/… Someone who really knows their stuff could do a very good thing by answering the 'food safety' aspect of that question. I know it is done, and it is done a lot. So is saving cooked rice at room temperature from meal to meal; and we know that isn't safe.
    – Jolenealaska
    Jan 20, 2015 at 23:50

Absolutely. The brown rice, & the old rice "aged" as it is also called, cook better after they have been soaked for some time ranging between 30-60 minutes. The parboiled rice is a little different, as it MUST BE soaked for AT LEAST 1 HOUR before it can be cooked. And it can take a soaking of up to several hours without ruining the results. Parboiled rice is the rice of choice for several rice dishes, especially ones in which the rice needs to be light, fluffy, each grain remaining whole and separate. And it is ideally suited to those of us who are cooking challenged (you understand what I am saying). But they will not have the same fragrance that a Basmati, a Jasmine, or even regular raw rice will have.


As Jolenealaska said, lots of cooks do it on purpose. I learned the Chinese method of cooking foolproof rice by soaking it for an hour or longer in an inch of water. Then pour off the soaking water and cover the rice again with 1 inch of water. Uncovered, bring the rice to a boil and cook until only large bubbles appear. At that point, turn the fire down to the lowest setting, cover and cook until the rice is done. There is no reason to stir. You can use this method to cook any amount of rice in any size pot. You don't even have to measure it.


Leaving uncooked Rice while sitting on water,Yes they are really True! that's fine! Because I have been experiencing this moment it was in rice cooker were I'm using. Its accidentally i forgot to on it.The rice was soaked with in Five hours, but its super okay, you need to do is add at least half cup of water then stir it then cooked.Honestly there's something different taste when you compare between unsoaked rice and soaked rice.

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