Japanese people like eating tasty rice. Some people buy brown rice. Then, when they cook it, they can bring the rice to the machine and polish it to their favorite rice such as well-polished brown or white rice. Actually, my mother sometimes do that to make fresh and healthy rice for our family.
2 Types of Rice Polishing Machines
- Brown Rice Only
- Unhulled Rice and Brown Rice
(This machine is rare.)
Some people get unhulled (chaffy) rice from rice stores or rice farmers.
But the machines which can polish unfulled rice are rare.
This blog will introduce the brown rice only machines.
In Japan, we can easily find rice-polishing machines here and there in the suburbs.
These coin operated rice polishing machines look like a small booth or vending machine.
These machines don't sell rice, only offer polishing service. You should bring your rice to these places.
- Insert the polishing service fee.
This machine accepts only 100 yen coin. There is no bill exchanger.
No Rinsing Required
Normal White Rice
|10kg, 22lb||200 yen||100 yen|
|20kg, 44lb||300 yen||200 yen|
|30kg, 66lb||400 yen||300 yen|
- Put in brown rice here 玄米投入口.
- You can choose your favorite degree of polishing.
|無洗米||No Rinsing Required Rice|
|上白||Well Polished White Rice|
|標準||Stranded White Rice|
- Polished rice will come from here 白米取出口.
Set your bag under the rice exit.
You can also get rice bran powder after polishing. However some machines don't offer this service.
The rice bran has many uses such as for cooking, as a fertilizer, and washing your face like a soap, and so on.