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May 18, 2007 06:50 AM

My rice is talking to me

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. 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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    1. re: lunchbox

      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

        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.

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      1. 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

          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. bitsubeats and others, my rice was stubbornly silent!

            I'm very puzzled by the popping sounds.

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              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

                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. Snap Krackle Pop Rice Krispies

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            1. re: widehomehi

              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

                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.

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