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Nov 5, 2013 11:30 AM

Short Grain Rice Mush in Rice Cooker

Wondering if someone can help. I don't know if it is me or my rice cooker but I keep getting mushy rice.
I wash several times (about 4-5 times) till water is clear(ish), drain for at least 30min, then soak in water for at least 30min and turn on the cooker.

This is the proper procedure correct?

The amount of water is specified on the rice cooker bowl.
Two things: the only time on the cooker is 50min, this I cannot change, is this too long? and it boilers over, i have to clean sticky water from the vent.

What is wrong???

All advice is greatly appreciated. Thank You

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  1. How much water are you putting in in proportion to the quantity of rice? Regardless what the rice cooker says, it sounds like too much water.

    1. The rice cooker... is almost never at fault. You are putting too much water in. The water markings are only guidelines, different types of rice all require different amounts of water. Even the age of the rice makes a difference.

      Anyway, no idea why you drain for 30 minutes and then soak for another 30 with a 50 minute cook time. Try it without.

      1. Is your cooking method IAW the instructions that came with the cooker? Doesn't sound like it to me.

        1. I don't find much need to drain, dry or soak. For short grain rice, the water amount depends on the age of the rice, but for 2 C of rice, I usually use 2 1/4 C of water, more or less. Does the 50 minutes include steaming time? I'm sure my rice cooker does it much less time. When I make short grain without a rice cooker, it doesn't take 50 minutes. Curious as to what brand of rice cooker.

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          1. re: PAO

            I'm curious what brand of cooker you have too. I believe my cooker takes 39 minutes start/finish. I always use the markings on the cooker and it sometimes is a little too dry (I do vary in the types of rice I cook) but it's never been mushy. I rinse but only soak if I start the rice in the morning to be ready when I come home (my cooker has a timer function). I never bother with draining.

            Have you ever made rice successfully in this cooker? Is it new?

            1. re: Sushiqueen36

              Its a small PC rice cooker.
              I always felt that the time seemed wrong but there is no way to change it.

              I think it is about 6-8 months old. I do think that it has made good rice a couple of times. I will most definitely try a batch without the drain and soak.

              PAO - I don't really know what you mean by steaming time.

              1. re: KyJy88

                I think what PAO means by steaming time is the period after the boiling and active cooking. If you look at Cherylptw's linked instructions below for stove-top cooking, you remove the pot from the heat source and let it sit for 10-20 minutes; that's the steaming time. Rice cookers do that automatically so your 50 minutes must include that period.

                I agree with those who are suggesting you're using too much water. The rinse and soak won't affect mushiness.

          2. A combination of two reasons: one, I think you are washing/soaking it too long. You only need to rinse it a few minutes. See this link and the directions for reference :

            Second, you are definitely cooking it too long...20 minutes is all it takes to cook rice that is not soaked; it's already soft from soaking then you've cooked it for 50 minutes...

            Not sure how much water to rice ratio you used but that could be a third reason

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            1. re: Cherylptw

              You're contradicting your link completely.... you might re-read it (ie: "soak... for 15 minutes to 3 hours").

              When using a rice cooker, the "cook time" is start to finish (start button to serve time). If you notice in the instructions you linked, you bring the rice to a boil (4 minutes), boil 15 min or so then steam for 10-20 minutes. That adds up to at least 30 minutes... 40 with the longer steam. Soaking is irrelevant to the length of time it takes to cook the rice.

              1. re: Sushiqueen36

                I'm not contradicting anything; all the washing & soaking makes rice extremely soft to start then you cook it for almost an hour, it can't help but be mushy. Maybe YOU need to re-read my post.

                1. re: Cherylptw

                  Actually, soaking short grain (Japanese style) rice doesn't make rice soft at all - unless you soak it in boiling water. Maybe you're thinking of long grain rice? I don't know that I've ever soaked long grain but routinely soak short grain for as much as 4 hours in my cooker before cooking. No mush at all.

                  Maybe I misunderstood you. The link you posted suggests to soak for 15 minutes and up to 3 hours before cooking for 40 minutes. You state "20 minutes is all it takes to cook rice that is not soaked". So that implies that you don't agree with the post that you linked.

                  I don't mean to be argumentative; I'm just confused by your point.