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Old 07-01-2007, 11:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i was just reading about how youre supposed to thouroughly wash quinoa before eating it or it can make you sick....i didnt know this, and now i feel really bad!! my ds seems fine....but i hope i didnt harm him? anyone know more about this?

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I never wash mine...
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I never wash mine...
ok that makes me feel a little better!

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I have never, ever washed my quinoa and I cook it all the time. What is the reasoning behind this?

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The quinoa grain is naturally coated with a sustance called saponin. It is very bitter and "soapy" tasting.

Quinoa is usually washed to remove most of the saponin before it is sold in America. However, some quinoa is washed more than others. I've had quinoa that really didn't need rinsing, and I've had quinoa that had a horrible bitter taste when I forgot to rinse.
I almost always rinse mine no matter what, as I can really taste the difference even in quinoa that has been pre-rinsed relatively well before being sold.

If you made the quinoa for your son and it did not taste "off" or bitter than it is just fine.
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Most quinoa available in the US has been washed. Some bulk might not have been. I never wash mine and I cook with it all the time. I also grind it for flour.
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