What Does a Rice Mill Do?

If you've ever wondered what a rice mill does and how it contributes to the production of the finest rice grains, you've come to the right place.

A rice mill is a specialized facility that processes harvested rice paddy, removing impurities, husks, and bran layers to produce polished rice grains. It plays a crucial role in transforming raw rice into the familiar white rice we enjoy on our tables.

The Essence of a Rice Mill

A rice mill is a specialized facility designed for the processing and refining of rice grains harvested from fields. Its primary function is to transform raw, harvested rice paddy into the polished rice grains that make their way to your table. The journey of rice through a mill involves several crucial stages:

Cleaning and Dehusking

The process begins with cleaning the harvested rice paddy to remove dirt, dust, and other impurities. Once cleaned, the outer husk of the rice grain is removed through a process called dehusking. This results in brown rice, which still retains its bran layer and germ.


To produce the familiar white rice that many of us are accustomed to, the brown rice undergoes further processing. In the whitening stage, a rice mill removes the bran layer from the rice, leaving behind the inner, starchy kernel. This process is what gives white rice its pristine appearance.


After whitening, the rice undergoes polishing to remove any remaining bran residue and achieve a smooth, glossy appearance. This step also enhances the rice's cooking properties and shelf life.

Grading and Sorting

Once the rice is polished, it is graded and sorted based on size, quality, and appearance. This ensures that each batch of rice meets specific quality standards and customer preferences.


The final stage involves packaging the rice into various formats, such as bags, containers, or bulk shipments, ready for distribution to consumers, retailers, and other businesses.

The Importance of Quality Control

Throughout the milling process, quality control measures are implemented to ensure that the rice meets stringent standards for taste, texture, and appearance. Quality control checks are carried out at various stages, from cleaning to packaging, to guarantee that only the finest rice makes its way to your kitchen.

The Arkansas River Rice Difference

At Arkansas River Rice, we take great pride in our rice milling process. Our commitment to quality, sustainability, and tradition sets us apart. We meticulously mill our rice to produce consistent, high-quality products that capture the essence of Arkansas' fertile rice fields.

Arkansas River Rice's dedication to quality and sustainability shines through our rice milling process. We hope this glimpse into the inner workings of a rice mill has deepened your appreciation for the care and precision that go into delivering the finest rice to your table. For all your rice needs, trust Arkansas River Rice – where quality and tradition meet.

Experience the Arkansas River Rice difference today!