How to Wash Quinoa

by Maya Black

    Quinoa tops the list of healthy whole grains and makes a vitamin and protein-packed addition to soups and salads. The seed grain can be boiled in about 20 minutes, but if you have ever cooked quinoa right out of the bag, you might have been put off by its unpalatable bitter taste. That's because quinoa releases a natural coating, called saponin, that keeps it from being eaten by birds and insects while it's growing. To get rid of the bitter taste, wash quinoa before you cook it.

    Items you will need

    • Measuring cup
    • Fine mesh strainer
    • Rubber spatula
    • Pot
    Step 1

    Measure the amount of quinoa you wish to prepare into a fine mesh strainer. Chefs often use such strainers in fine food production, but you can buy one at any kitchen gadget retailer.

    Step 2

    Rinse the quinoa under cold running water. Agitate the strainer to ensure that all the quinoa is rinsed well.

    Step 3

    Turn off the water and shake the excess liquid off the quinoa. Turn over the strainer above a pot and gently tap it to help the quinoa fall out. Remove quinoa remaining in the strainer with a rubber spatula.

    Tip

    • Wash quinoa even if the product label says that it has been prewashed.

    About the Author

    Maya Black, a seasoned writer and editor based in Washington, D.C., has written articles for publications such as USA Today, Global Post, Chron, Opposing Views and The Arizona Republic. Black has edited articles published on websites such as TurboTax USA and TurboTax Canada.

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