Oh, rice, how we love thee. You nourished us during our broke college days, asking for nothing more than a pat of butter and a pinch of salt in return. Now, you’re a regular staple on the dinner table—be it as a humble but harmonious accompaniment to every protein we serve, or as the main event when we’re in the mood for paella or arroz con pollo. Yep, it’s pretty easy to wax poetic about rice…when we don’t screw up our vision by turning it into a dense and sticky mess, that is. Interestingly enough, neglecting to wash rice (not overcooking it) can be the culprit in these sad instances. We spoke to Chef Anja Wolf, CEO and creative director at I Love Cookware!, to get the full scoop on how to wash rice the right way—and why it matters.