for some reason, i feel stupid asking this question... why do we... or why are we taught to rinse rice? i made some rice the other day and i never rinse my rice and when it was done cooking, it was like mush. i was either thinking that it was over cooked, to much liquid, or maybe it was becasue i didnt rinse my rice. we were taught in school that we rinse our rice to remove excess starch... i wounder if that excess starch played a roll in my rice turning to mush. what so ya all think?