We have this small jar of quinoa sitting in the pantry and I am trying to figure out what to do with it. The last time I tried to cook quinoa, the dish came out rather bitter and unpalatable. And yes, I did rinse it. I suppose I might not have rinsed enough. Many quinoas are pre-rinsed before packaging (such as Trader Joe’s varities), but it’s a good idea to rinse most quinoa varities. By exploring cooking forums, the best way I have found to rinse the tiny quinoa grain is to soak overnight, during which time the grain will triple in size. Drain well with a sieve and rinse under running water swirling with hand. For more last minute plans, you can try a French Press or a tall narrow glass or container, from which you carefully pour off the water. A piece of paper towel over the top of the glass helps drain off any additional water.
I love this idea at 101 Cookbooks, for using quinoa for breakfast. Made with cinnamon, berries and agave necatar, the mix sounds delicious. I’m going to try this tomorrow!