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My rice is talking to me

bitsubeats May 18, 2007 06:50 AM

how come when I leave my rice out to soak, it makes noise? Is it because I incorporated air somehow when I was rinsing out the rice? Either way, its sitting out right now and it's making little popping sounds


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  1. lunchbox RE: bitsubeats May 18, 2007 09:18 AM

    Two Possible explanations:
    1). Much like the popular popped rice breakfast cereal, the UN-popped grains are not hermetically sealed smooth ovoid shapes; they're full of near invisible ridges and craters that widen as dirt and starch are washed away that trap and release air.

    2). You are a superhero who's power is the ability to talk to starches.

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      bitsubeats RE: lunchbox May 18, 2007 09:42 AM

      I like explanation number 2 the best

      so it makes noise when the dirt and starch are washed away? I thought I just washed away most of the starch or "rice powder" when I rinsed my rice like 10 times. weird

      1. re: bitsubeats
        hannaone RE: bitsubeats May 18, 2007 09:53 AM

        I like #2 also. But -
        The rice absorbs moisture unevenly. As part of the kernel swells the drier part crackles.
        Usually I hear it only on a really quiet day.

    2. Sam Fujisaka RE: bitsubeats May 18, 2007 05:56 PM

      Thanks, bsbs. This is the funniest ever! I must be deaf or insensitive--never experienced the same. As with other replies, I think lunchbox's explanation 2 is the best so far--for you and hannaone. Amounts of water absorbed are really small and limited to the surface and immediate su-surface in normal soaking.

      Tonight when we go to bed, I'm going to leave a glass with some rice in water on the side stand to listen when all is quiet and my ears are super-tuned! I'll share results tomorrow.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
        bitsubeats RE: Sam Fujisaka May 18, 2007 05:58 PM

        I can hear my rice, because my computer is in the kitchen and today I was the only one in the apartment and I didn't have the tv or radio on. Basically all I could here was me typing and the rice making little noises - it was about 10 feet away.

        sleeping to the sound of singing rice, how soothing (:

        1. re: clamscasino
          Sam Fujisaka RE: clamscasino May 19, 2007 09:48 AM

          bitsubeats and others, my rice was stubbornly silent!

          I'm very puzzled by the popping sounds.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
            hannaone RE: Sam Fujisaka May 19, 2007 10:29 AM

            I hear it when soaking short grain white rice, usually Calrose style "new crop", and there is just enough water to be soaked up. And it doesn't always happen.

            1. re: hannaone
              Sam Fujisaka RE: hannaone May 19, 2007 10:57 AM

              Oops, I'll retry with short grain. My three-and-a-half year old also loved listening to the rice soaking in the glass. Now there is soaked long grained rice out on the balcony awaiting the birds.

        2. widehomehi RE: bitsubeats May 18, 2007 06:07 PM

          Snap Krackle Pop Rice Krispies

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            bitsubeats RE: widehomehi May 18, 2007 06:08 PM

            yep, my rice sounded a little bit like a bowl of rice crispies and milk...only not as loud and "crispy" if that makes sense

            I have nothing better to do on a friday night (Im sick) so I will put a cup of rice soaked in water next to me for fun. Im telling you, this is as exciting as it gets

            1. re: bitsubeats
              MMRuth RE: bitsubeats May 18, 2007 06:11 PM

              LOL - as I went into the kitchen to get some water to tuck us in for the night (well, and some ice cream), I almost pulled out some rice and a glass of water. But I have a sick pup and don't want him accidently getting into it on my night stand.

          2. choctastic RE: bitsubeats May 19, 2007 09:24 AM

            I can't believe you guys have me listening to my soaking rice. I didn't hear any crackling. I've never heard any actually, but then my ears are probably not as good as yours.

            1. bitsubeats RE: bitsubeats May 21, 2007 04:11 AM

              don't know if this helps, but I used han guk mi short grain white rice. I put it in a cup the other day with some water and I didn't hear anything either...maybe the rice should be rinsed before soaking.

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                joeyjoeyjoey RE: bitsubeats Jul 14, 2014 07:59 PM

                Hmm, seven year old thread. Should I reply? Well, it is the first search result on Google for rice crackling in water. I have been washing rice and cooking rice for years, but somehow today is the first time I noticed the rice making popping noises in the inner pot before I put it into the cooker. Perhaps because I let it sit a bit longer since I got a phone call right when I was measuring the water? I was using some Korean brand rice. "CJ Foods, Inc" "CALROSE" "CHUN HA IL MI" medium grain rice.

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