The four different methods for making traditional rice water for beauty, beverage, or home remedy purposes.
METHOD 1: Thoroughly rinse the uncooked rice and then soak in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the water and use. This rice water method is recommended for external use only.
METHOD 2: Rinse the rice thoroughly and then boil for about 15 minutes. Use twice the amount of cooking water as usual. Drain the excess cooking water, cool to room temperature and dilute until it is slightly cloudy. Use this method when a home remedy for gastroenteritis is needed immediately.
METHOD 3: Rinse rice thoroughly and soak 8 hours or overnight in a pot with 6 parts water to one part rice. Drain, rinse again, and then simmer the rice in 8 parts water to one part rice until the rice is very, very soft or even dissolves. Any remaining rice is then blended into the cooking water. This method is ideal for making rice water as a beverage.
METHOD 4: Culture the rice water post cooking via method 3 above into fermented rice milk. See links to recipes below.