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NOCGIRL Posts: 107
3/13/19 5:39 P

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I buy the Seeds of Change Quinoa/Brown rice at Costco. Just put in the microwave. I only eat 1/2c at a time. I put the rest in the fridge.

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3/11/19 8:47 P

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I rinse my quinoa using a "screen" strainer with a screen fine enough to not let the quinoa through (Oxy has a good one). I just run water over it for about 5 minutes.

If you are after good flavor, rinsing removes quinoa's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Most articles, when talking about rinsing, are referring to improving the flavor, not removing pesticides (but also a good idea if you are not buying organic).

If the bitter flavor isn't apparent, it may be because the quinoa is pre-rinsed and then dried.

Also the saponins have health benefits ... google "saponins" for more information.

Given all of that - it's probably personal preference.

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3/9/19 1:50 A

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I don't rinse, but buy organic on sale only.

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3/9/19 12:37 A



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I must confess I am also one who doesn't rinse them - just straight into the pot.

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I confess I don't rinse them, just put them in an empty pot, heat and toast them mildly then pour water on them. Turns out just fine.

I'm glad your husband likes quinoa!

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3/8/19 2:15 P

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Thanks, all! I knew there were some common sense ideas out there that eluded me. Coach Jen, I may look into purchasing a strainer like you suggested because my meat and potatoes husband like my quinoa!

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3/8/19 11:12 A

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For small grains like that I put them in bowl of cold water, enough to cover by a couple inches, and swish with my hand. Then drain off as much water as possible. Repeat as necessary (as long as you have cloudy water or "floaties").



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3/8/19 9:26 A

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in a pinch, you can line a strainer that's too big with a clean towel/cheesecloth/nut milk bag/paper towel. pre-dampen and then use it to wash and strain!

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3/8/19 9:13 A

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I have a strainer that looks like this:

www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/oxo
-good-grips-reg-8-inch-double-rod-stra
iner/1011586104?poc=3274408


That's really the kind you need in order to drain small grains like quinoa. You can find them much cheaper than this one, so it might be worth it if you plan to cook grains like this more often.

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3/8/19 8:33 A

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What have you successfully used to rinse your quinoa? I cooked quinoa for the first time the other day and it states to rinse prior to cooking. So, I dutifully rinsed it in the smallest holed mesh strainer I have. Well, I poured it in and it just went right on through. I am hoping to find something I already have and not purchase something new.
Thank you for your insight!

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