This site gives a great introduction to cooking quinoa. Combined with other sites, I knew I needed to make sure my quinoa was pre-rinsed to remove the saponin which is on the outside of quinoa and gives it a bitter taste.
I decided to make the Quinoa Pizza Bites for our first try.
I tried rinsing it in a bowl and using my hand to drain it. That created a mess.
All of our strainers, including my sifter, had too large of holes to rinse the quinoa so I added a paper towel to be able to rinse thoroughly. For this first recipe, I would be cooking the quinoa so I didn't have to let it dry.
Cheesy Quinoa Bites I put on my To Try list.
On Monday, I went to make my pizza dough for dinner and needed to grind some wheat. I had the thought I'll grind up some quinoa into flour to add to it. I rinsed it out and set it out to dry. The drying took too long for the pizza dough but they're dry now. After a second experience with rinsing, I decided to contact Customer Support at Shelf Reliance to verify that our quinoa is NOT pre-rinsed. They are really wonderful and responded quickly! Can you guess their answer?
Our Quinoa is fully processed to remove the bitter saponin coating that naturally encases the seed. This process involves both mechanical abrasion and a thorough washing with a rapid dry and heat stabilization process creating a ready to use product for the customer. Therefore, no rinse is required.Hip Hip Hooray! Of course, I got the answer AFTER I had made my pizza dough. But now I'm ready for next time. I won't be pre-rinsing my quinoa anymore making my next THRIVE Quinoa experience a much better one!
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