How To Select And Store Quinoa
Quinoa seeds are usually sold in airtight packets or containers. The most common type of quinoa available is white, but black and tri-colored quinoa seeds are also available in some places.
- While purchasing quinoa, look for fine and dry grains. They should look and smell fresh.
- To ensure optimum freshness and shelf life, buy quinoa that is well packed and well-sealed.
- Whether you are purchasing quinoa in bulk or a packaged container, check to ascertain that there is no presence of moisture.
- Store grains in a cool and dry place in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid. A properly sealed container is very important for maintaining the freshness and reducing the possibility of infestation. This way, they will stay fresh for months or for over a year, if stored away from sunlight and heat.
- While purchasing quinoa seeds, do keep in mind that quinoa expands several times its original size. Hence, purchase in small quantities or as per requirement.
- You can also freeze quinoa as a long-term option. Cooked quinoa can be freezed in an airtight container.
- It is actually difficult to say if quinoa seeds are rotten. Since quinoa has a long shelf life, it does not become rancid or smelly with time.
- Cooked quinoa shows a loss of texture and acquires mold as it gets spoiled. Do not allow cooked quinoa to sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
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