If you’ve ever wondered how to rinse quinoa, you’re going to love our Easy Rinse Method for Quinoa!
I’ve featured a couple of posts that have used quinoa, the ancient power food that is making a resurgence in the 21 century. I try to use more of it in our menu planning and one of my favorites quinoa recipes is Costco’s Quinoa Salad. (That’s on my list of must-make copycat recipes!)
Easy Rinse Method for Quinoa
As you may or may not know, quinoa needs to be rinsed with cold water before cooking it. This simple process will help get rid of the bitter tasting compound (saponin) that coats the tiny seeds; if you don’t do it, it’s going to taste wrong and you’ll never want to use this ancient power food again in your diet. We don’t want that!
Because the quinoa seeds are so tiny, you don’t want them to disappear down your kitchen sink drain when you rise them. Here’s where things get fun: Use a fine-mesh strainer.
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If you don’t have a fine-mesh strainer in your kitchen (like me) , use a coffee filter. It does a great job of holding the quinoa while that nasty bitter-tasting stuff goes down the drain and leaves the good tasting seed for you to enjoy!
Be sure and use a clean, dry filter. Fortunately the quinoa doesn’t leave a residue, unlike those pesky coffee grounds.
Do You Rinse Quinoa Before Cooking It?
If so, let us know your methods and we will be happy to pass them on to our readers. We always love learning new ideas and techniques for useful kitchen hacks.
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