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Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Strainer, 2.5-Quart Capacity

  • Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Strainer, 2.5-Quart Capacity
  • Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Strainer, 2.5-Quart Capacity
  • Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Strainer, 2.5-Quart Capacity

Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Bowl with Strainer, 2.5-Quart Capacity

NZ$ 130.00 NZ$ 78.00 Save: NZ$ 52.00
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Description
  • Inomata Rice Washing Speed Bowl is specially designed with side and bottom drains to quickly and thoroughly wash rice before cooking
  • A thorough washing can significantly reduce toxins and chemical levels; great for fruits and vegetables, legumes, barley and other larger grains, too
  • Loose starch and tiny particles will rinse through the bottom drains; husks and lightweight debris will float above the rice and exit side drain
  • Simply measure in desired amount of rice; hold under running tap water and vigorously swish fingers through rice; continue until water runs clear
  • Made in Japan from BPA-free, food-grade plastic; top-rack dishwasher safe
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A God send! Perfect tool for rice.Rinsing rice straight from the pot was always insufficient and left a lot of water in the pot and would lose some rice down the drain. This product solves ALL those problems. It is light weight, easily stored ( I store mine in the same stack as my mixing bowls), you can rinse the rice thoroughly and drain it completely. No more wasted rice! It comes from Japan so you know it is durable and made to respect the rice.5then easily pour the water out When you cook rice, you have to rinse your rice, right? There are simply no American colanders suited to the job. With a regular colander, the rice just falls out of the holes in the bottom. Even with a wire mesh colander, the water just runs through. What you want is a colander where the water will pool up around the rice so you can swirl it around and get the rice squeaky clean, then easily pour the water out. Before I got this, I was rinsing my rice in a bowl. I would try to pour the water out, but some of the rice always poured out too. With this washing bowl, the water pools up perfectly around the rice, then easily pours out while keeping all the rice in place. 5GREAT RICE WASHING BOWLI'm very happy that I found this on Amazon. I've always rinsed my sushi rice in the rice cooker pot just like my japanese mother always did but when draining the water out, I would always lose a bit of the rice as I tipped it to the side and I found that annoying. My mom never had that problem but then mom's always do it perfectly. :) Anyways, this washing bowl is perfect and well made. It has draining holes at the bottom and draining slots at the top on one side so when you wash your rice, the water will drain out without the frustration of losing grains of rice. It's perfect. I'm very very happy with this purchase.5Rice flows out of the drainage holes and gets stuckThis review is for the 2 quart version ONLY:PROS:- It has bumps on the bottom so you can scrub the rice. I'm not sure if it makes much of a difference, but it's a nice feature.- Quality plastic material, made in JapanCONS:- The drainage holes are the exact width of basmati rice, so the rice gets stuck in the holes and/or can drain out into the sink.I am going to try the 2.5 quart version because it has tiny drainage holes on the bottom.1I never understood how people washed their rice and other grains until I got this bowl. Now, it's easy!This is a cheap product but it does the job. Until I discovered that there was such a thing as a rice washing bowl, I never understood how the heck a person was supposed to wash rice or other grains. Sure, it was always recommended, and I gave it a try with just a bowl and sifting it with my fingers, as obviously my normal colander wouldn't work. Turns out trying to filter rice in a regular bowl with your fingers doesn't work either! So I just stopped washing rice.Then I discovered this bowl and presto, now I can wash my rice and grains again. So far I've only used it on medium- and long-grained white and brown rice, and quinoa, and it's worked fine. I thought it might be a problem not having a "lip rim" like some other bowls have, that maybe when trying to get the water out all the rice would tumble out as well, but it wasn't an issue. Mostly the water sifts through without having to tilt the bowl at all, but if a little water collects it's easy to tilt it out through the strainer without losing any of the rice.After using it I just use the sprayer on my sink to get any of the grains stuck in the holes out, and it hasn't been a problem.5Not as Effective as Washing in the Rice PotI was taught to wash rice in the rice pot by adding water, moving the grains around, dumping the cloudy water and repeating. It takes a bit of time to make sure that the water is clear before cooking. This is important when using my cheap rice cooker. It's not as important to wash thoroughly when using my Instant Pot. The cheap cooker burns excess starch/rice dust on the bottom of the pan.When I saw this item on Amazon, I thought it was a great idea. However, even spending the same amount of time washing the rice, I can't get it as clean as just using the rice pot. Water flows through this strainer at a good rate - not too fast and not too slow. However, once I dump the rice into the rice pot and add water, it becomes cloudy.Additionally, it's a bit difficult to get the rice from the strainer into the rice pot without some residual water on the strainer going into the rice pot. Some people are sticklers for adding an accurate amount of water to the pot so this could be a drawback.Also, does anyone know if Japanese people commonly use this type of strainer to wash their rice? I've never heard of it until seeing it on Amazon but I haven't really spent much time cooking with Japanese people. Though, I do know that many Japanese, especially older people, show great reverence for rice so I imagine they would know the best ways to prepare rice.2Good idea in theory, not so great in executionThe drainage holes in the 2-Quart plastic bowl are rectangles, instead of circles or squares -- rectangles that happen to be almost the exact same width as a grain of Jasmine rice!It took me forever to force all the trapped grains of rice out of the holes after using it for the first time. I'll be going back to just using a fine wire mesh strainer to rinse my rice. This was a big fail.2Made in Japan, good for medium grain riceI use this bowl solely to wash medium-grain Calrose rice. A few grains get stuck in the long perforations at the lip of the bowl, but are easily removed. If you have a lot of broken grains (poor quality rice or from rubbing the grains together too hard while washing), they will likely get stuck in the round holes at the bottom of the bowl.For those of you concerned about country of origin, the bowl I received, purchased from merchant Kocorono, was stamped "Made in Japan."4I hardly use my old mesh strainer nowWe purchased a rice cooker back in October 2014 and I learned quite a bit while I researched what model fit our needs. For example, I learned we needed one of these washing bowls. My wife always cooked rice in a pot on the stove and I never had any complaints with the quality of her rice. She never rinsed her rice either. We are so thankful we finally purchased the rice cooker and can't believe we waited so long. It really makes a big difference if you wash your rice well before cooking.We use the rice washing bowl far more often for washing things other than rice. I use it to wash all our fruits and vegetables and after my almonds soak in water over night I rinse them in this bowl before I make almond milk. It holds enough water back that you can actually wash things instead of just rinsing them as you would in a mesh colander or one with large holes. Shut the water off and the bowl drains fast and you can always cup your hand in front of the straining slots and tip the bowl a bit to drain faster.This bowl is also much easier to clean than a mesh strainer. I'm not sure if the plastic will survive a drop to the floor from counter height but we don't make a habit of dropping things on the floor. If we ever do and it should break it is cheap enough to replace without breaking the bank.5Excellent for it's intended purpose.There are two versions of the Inomata Japanese Rice washing Bowl with Strainer, and I purchased them both. Below I ll describe them and outline the differences:PURPOSE: These bowls were designed for rinsing rice before cooking, and they do so quite well. Rinsing rice is one of those challenging activities where you can t use a traditional colander because the holes may be too big and the rice will pass through, and a standard bowl is tricky to get all the water out without pouring some rice out along with it. You could use these bowls for rinsing other things as well, like beans, faro, fruits or vegetables. You may or may not have good results with smaller grains like quinoa for example, as quinoa is quite small.Both bowls are made in Japan of Polypropylene and are stamped PP on the underside. They indicate a minimum temperature of -20 C (-4 F) degrees and a max temperature of 120 C or 248 F. Polypropylene, according to Wikipedia, will melt at 171 C, or 340 F. Since water boils at 100 C or 212 F, you should theoretically be able to use this as a strainer for pasta (as many shoppers have asked) but it drains so slowly that you wouldn t want to. I have also heard that Polypropylene can be damaged (cosmetically) by prolonged contact with boiling water, so I did not want to test this out.The small bowl nests inside the large bowl, although not completely perfect. Both bowls have a reinforced hole in the handle (if you can call it that, it s really just a small tab) which you can use for hanging if you have a small hook.Note the measurements for each bowl described in the listing, where the small bowl is listed as 2 qt or 8 cups, and the large bowl is listed as 2.5 quarts or 10 cups. Note that a customary cup for measurement in the United States is 8 fluid ounces, or about 236.6 milliliters. Most rice cookers come with their own measuring cups which are designed to measure out a portion of rice, which is usually less than a standard customary cup in US measurement. My Zojirushi, for example, came with two cups, one for white rice (which actually holds 180ml, or just over 6 fluid ounces, or a generous cup) and one for brown rice (which actually holds 171 ml, or about 5.7 fluid ounces, or slightly less than of a cup).I measured the capacity of each bowl in customary fluid ounces by lining each bowl with plastic wrap and then filling with water. More on that test below.SMALL BOWL (2 qt): This bowl is 8 inches in diameter, 6 inches tall, and the diameter of the base is 6 inches. The small bowl does not have holes in the bottom, only drainage holes on the spout. If this bowl were solid, and filled completely to the top, it would hold 8.5 cups of water. To use it for it s intended purpose, you wouldn t want to fill it that high since you d spill rice out trying to rinse it. You can rinse a maximum of about 8 (customary US cups) cups of rice in this bowl, 5-7 would be more comfortable (7-9 rice cooker measuring cups!). Because this bowl doesn t have holes on the bottom, you could leave about some water standing if you had any reason to soak something in the bowl. For this, you can fill the bowl with 4 cups before it starts spilling out the spout.LARGE BOWL (2.5 qt): This bowl is 8.5 inches in diameter, 6 inches tall, and the diameter of the base is 6 inches. This bowl has small holes in the bottom in addition to the drainage holes on the spout. These holes are about the diameter of a large paperclip, unfolded. The base is raised slightly higher than the small bowl to allow for drainage. If this bowl were solid, and filled completely to the top, it would hold 10.5 cups of water. To use it for it s intended purpose, you wouldn t want to fill it that high since you d spill rice out trying to rinse it. You can rinse a maximum of about 9-10 (customary US) cups of rice in this bowl, 6-8 cups comfortably (10-12 rice cooker measuring cups!). Because this bowl has holes on the bottom, all the water would eventually drain out so you can t soak anything in it. I would like to point out though, that the holes on the bottom are very small, and will drain slowly, so you don t need a constant, heavy stream of water for rinsing. They are so small in fact, that the bowl will retain a shallow pool of water because the weight of about inch of water wouldn t create enough pressure to completely drain through the holes. The holes are about the diameter of a large paperclip, unfolded.I hope this review helps anyone interested in purchasing these bowls. I couldn t make up my mind, and since they were a good price, I bought both, but if I had to do it again and buy only one, I d choose the larger one with holes in the bottom since it s more functional (and holds a little bit more, without taking up much more room).5Simple and efficientI don't know what took me so long, I really should have bought this thing a long time ago! It makes washing the rice (as well as lentils and beans) so much easier, and saves quite a bit of time. My "old" method was the one my mother and grandmother used -- fill a (large) bowl that has rice in it with water, gently move the rice around, let settle, then veeeeery carefully, trying not to spill any rice, pour the dirty water out. Repeat several times until the water runs clear (could be as many as 7-8 times sometimes). As you can see, there wasn't much efficiency about that process (but the rice was well washed at the end, so there is that). This rice washing bowl simplifies that process so much that, again, I can't believe it took me so long to get it. Is it something you absolutely need to have? No, you can certainly do without it, like I have for many years. But it's one of those things you're so happy you have every time you use it.5
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