How To Select And Store Quinoa

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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