5 Facts About Quinoa Nutrition and Cooking Quinoa
How to Rinse Quinoa
Do you need to rinse quinoa or not? Conventional wisdom has it that you need to rinse quinoa before cooking. Why? Quinoa seeds are coated with saponin, a bitter substance that protects the seeds from predators. However, most quinoa sold in the U.S. is pre-rinsed so there’s no need to do this. If you want to be cautious, go ahead and give it a rinse: put the quinoa in a bowl, cover it with water, swish it around and then drain it in a fine-mesh sieve.
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