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Cooking Quinoa

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about 3 years ago

is it necessary to rinse quinoa before cooking it? Why would I need to do that? Is it bad to just cook it without rinsing it?
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  • User_2569
    about 3 years ago
    I know it's definitely recommended but not sure if it's necessary. I've cooked quinoa that was not rinsed before and it seemed fine. A little bitter, but no other adverse effects. I know some brands (like Trader Joe's) don't need to be rinsed.
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    about 3 years ago
    I always rinse Quinoa in warm water then I drain it. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that repels insects and birds and can create a bitter taste. Rinsing with warm water removes the saponin.
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    about 3 years ago
    Most quinoa, it is best to give it a quck rinse. Teff and amerinth, good luck if you try--- you will losehalf of your product.
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