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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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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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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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").
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!