We Indians are super excited about the nutritional value quinoa has to offer. Everyone are all trying possible ways to consume it appetisingly. Most of us still have to get the pronunciation right though. Before that, maybe it is more important to know how this seed can be stored and preserved with its nutritionals values sealed.

Its simple and it lasts.

Uncooked-

This vegan’s new found love when got from the grocery should be stored in an airtight container.That’s pretty much how we store all our pulses, so ain’t that big hassle. Quinoa has longer shelf life because of the vitamin E content that acts as an antioxidant.

Most seeds are typically marked with a “best by” printed date instead of an expiration date. Don’t assume that you should throw them out if you see that it has not been consumed by the date marked on the package. In terms of raw quinoa, each variety (red, white, black) lasts between 2 and 3 years beyond the package’s printed date. But if you put it in the refrigerator when its is raw, it won’t last any longer.

Cooked-

These days of course everyone is on the go. So it is more desirable to cook and store quinoa in bulk during meal prepping.Once it cooks up all nice and fluffy but yet slightly crunchy, let it cool down for about 8-10 minutes. Then transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it. Don’t ever let cooked quinoa sit out for more than 2 hours. For that matter, letting any food sit out at room temperature for several hours is an invitation to food poisoning.

You can also put your cooked quinoa in the freezer for long term preservation like 4-6 months. Just be sure to place it in an airtight container. You can thaw it out by steaming with some water at a low temperature in a covered pot. Or, place your quinoa in a glass dish in the microwave. Alternatively, you can place the container in hot water and change it each half hour. You’ll find that your thawed quinoa still tastes flavorful, has excellent texture and contains high levels of fiber, protein and vitamins.

Okay its stale now-

Never eat quinoa that has become overly dry or accumulated mold. Quinoa with mold, commonly referred to as “stained quinoa”, has gone rotten and it can negatively impact your health if consumed. Just throw it away.

So though this superfood sits easily in the pantry, these tips for long-term storage do come in handy.

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