I’ve featured a couple of posts that have used quinoa, the ancient power food that is making a resurgence in the 21 century.
Easy Rinse Method for Quinoa
Before cooking the quinoa though, it needs to be rinsed well with cold water. 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!
And when you rinse it, use a fine-mesh strainer. You don’t want those tiny seeds to disappear down the drain!
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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 your quinoa before using 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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