I was told that I'm supposed to keep washing the brown rice with water, empty the pot out, and repeat until the water doesn't become foggy anymore to get rid of the arsenic. For each cycle, I pat, squeeze, and swirl the rice around for roughly 1 minute. I've done this 12 cycles now and the water still remains foggy. Should I keep going or is that enough?

  • I do 3 rinses, and the 3rd rinse is always clear. Do you swirl the grains around by hand or with a spoon during each rinse? It sound like something is wrong with your technique. Commented Feb 4, 2018 at 0:58
  • I use my hands @WayfaringStranger
    – Pvo
    Commented Feb 4, 2018 at 2:44
  • Often the reason for washing the excess starch out of white long-grain rice is to achieve perfectly separated grains at the end of cooking. This isn't so much of a problem with brown rice. I would wash it enough to make sure it's clean: no more. Commented Apr 14, 2018 at 15:14

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The cloudiness you see in your rinse water is starch, not arsenic.

The amount of arsenic still present after rinsing off the starch and cooking the rice is safe according to the FDA. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arsenic-in-rice_us_589cc1ffe4b09bd304c0b04c

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