quinoa FAIL. Help?
February 12, 2010 6:41 PM Subscribe
I just threw out a whole batch of quinoa, and I'm not that bad a cook. Best tips and advice on mastering this staple?
posted by lonefrontranger to Food & Drink (34 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a rookie to quinoa and figured it would work similarly to rice, so I tried using my rice cooker with a batch today. I just dumped the resulting goopy, gelatinous soapy-tasting, horrid smelling mess into the compost. This is the first EPIC FAIL I've had at cooking anything in, well, a very long time.
I read about the saponin content, so before I cooked it, I rinsed the raw seed quite thoroughly through a sieve this morning. As an aside, I don't like the water waste, so maybe some tips on facilitating this process, too.
Please share your best quinoa tips, tricks and recipes. Couple of modifiers:
- no raw tomatoes (cooked or sundried is okay)
- no meat, poultry or seafood ingredients (eggs and dairy are fine)
- mint and/or mushrooms are likely not going to go over well (I can try)