throw it in here. fill it to the proper line with water from your britta filter and press the button. comes out perfect every time.
I get Earthly Delights brand organic bolivian quinoa from costco in 4lb bags. wash it under the sink until the water runs clear. maybe you have some odd brand, maybe it's just getting a little burnt with your current cooking methods.
washing is the same way as rice. but if you're unfamiliar
the cooker is a zojirushi induction heating model. it's great but not worth it unless grain is a big part of your diet. IMHO a great grain like quinoa should be.
any rice cooker is good to have but if it has a glass top it's probably crap. at least make sure it's a nonstick bowl/pan.
I tried making it again yesterday morning, this time for my husband who is generally pretty tolerant of these sorts of things. I rinsed in a bowl, repeatedly, and found some small grains of sand in the bottom. I picked out as many as I could, but I could still hear my husband crunching when he got pieces (and he wasn't too happy about it either )
So it's not quinoa, it's sand in the quinoa
Incidentally I had red quinoa at my MIL's last night, and no crunchy bits. She told me the brand she gets, and so I'm going to try that.
That was my thought, when I first started buying quinoa in bulk. I've since tried 2-3 different brands of packaged quinoa, all with the same result (well varying degrees of grittiness, but all gritty to some extent).
So I just dug through the cupboard and found a jar of white quinoa that my SIL gave to me (she was in the city for a couple of weeks and gave us all her leftover food when she left). It's just in a glass jar for storage, so I have no idea what brand it is. I kind of forgot about it until a little while ago, I don't think I ever tried it (I'm scared of quinoa, I really am ). Since MIL said that the kind she uses was recommended by SIL, I thought I'd give it a try. I cooked it up and made it into a chickpea salad type thing. I had a couple of spoonfuls and everything seemed ok. But when I was scraping it out of the pot I saw a dark grain in the bottom, squished it and it crunched all up like a grain of dirt I just hope that's the only one, but I doubt it
I just hate going through the effort of rinsing it, cooking it, making it into something nice by putting other ingredients in and not being able to eat it when I get grossed out by the crunching
How big are the grains of grit? If it's smaller than the quinoa, have you tried washing it in a colander? I have never had grit in my quinoa.. or any other grain for that matter, but I do feel for you, I am very particular about weird things, especially textures in my food, gag reflex kicks in.
I've tried washing it in a colander with a mesh about the same size of the quinoa grains, in fact a few of the smaller ones will pass through. For some reason the grit stays behind. Maybe I need to work on sifting it a little bit at a time, dry, rather than putting it all in at once and starting to rinse right away.
The good news is that the quinoa I made today didn't have any crunchy bits, and I ate about half of it (I cooked a cup). Yay
It's this stuff, Ancient Harvest Quinoa. It's over $5 for a 12 oz box at Whole Foods That's about 2 cups, uncooked, or abut 2 batches as I make it.
I'm actually really considering buying the box of 12 on Amazon, that puts it around $4 a box
I just found this forum when I was googling this subject! I want to chime in that I have this exact problem, which prompted my google. I love Quinoa but always seem to have at least a teeny bit of this horrible grit which certainly does cut way into our enjoyment! I'm not good about washing it first and will review the link to that procedure, but I wanted to be counted as another person who experiences this problem!
Glad I'm not bonkers! The only solution I have found is the one mentioned earlier in the thread, that specific brand. Needless to say, I don't eat quinoa very often :/
Maybe try rinsing it next time? Sorry about the gi issues
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I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see that there are other people who are experiencing the gritty Quinoa! I have made batch after batch trying to figure out how I could cook it so wrong so many times. Everyone I talk to thinks I am crazy. I love Quinoa when there is NO "sand" if that is what it is. I have had to gag so much down, because I wanted the health benefits. I don't know how old this thread is, but if there is a GOOD Brand without the grits (or even very little) I would be so grateful to find it. My husband is not sold on the whole Quinoa idea after this gritty mess.
Some interesting quinoa recipes here, can be veganized if they aren't.. http://verygoodrecipes.com/salad/quinoa/2012/09/pomegranate-and-quinoa-salad.html?m=1
The following pics are from half a bag of "pre-washed" quinoa made by a popular brand and sold a supermarket. The crunch you describe is sand an grit that was not removed by cleaning process. Quinoa can varry in size to the point where many colandars will not screen it properly because the holes are too big/small to trap/release debris or quinoa.
Process to capture pictures and or clean quinoa was achieved by swirling water and quinoa in large bowl with my hand and capturing quinoa which is lighter than sand in a mesh sieve or metal strainer. This is my first experience with quinoa laden with this much sand/grit, but it is enought to turn me off to popular brand and make me want to wash all product in the future.
I have the same problem as well. Can't stand it as it feels like I am breaking a tooth! I just bought a huge batch of already cooked and prepackaged from Costco - so easy - open the bowl and heat.... but now I am going to take it back - I can't afford to lose a tooth! I do love it - I cook it with Thai curry sauce and organic veggies... but I have not been able to chew properly for fear! So sad..... I will try to rinse the cooked Quinoa and see if that helps... hate this!!! Thanks for the thread! I will try other brands and soak and soak....