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Well so much for that

March 31st, 2010 at 06:10 pm

I got ambitious, and wanted to make a healthy dish. I bought Quinoa thinking it will be delicious (I had never tasted it before), and made a lot of it, with all different veggies (organic) and ingredients. It's awful! And I have a huge pot of it sitting on my fridge, which will be tossed out. Yuck. There goes money down the drain. I think I learned a lesson here : only make a bulk of something that you absolutely LOVE.

5 Responses to “Well so much for that”

  1. baselle Says:

    Sometimes quinoa has a coat that makes it taste like soap. Soaking the seeds before you cook them helps a bit. Don't give up, but definitely check out opportunities to try before you buy. If you got the quinoa (or anything else you don't know the taste of) at a specialty grocery store with a prepared salad deli, check the deli out to see if there's a quinoa salad that you can taste...and ask them for tips on how to cook.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Like Baselle said, quinoa that you get, especially from bulk food stores such as Whole Foods, usually hasn't been washed of the sapin (protective covering). Before cooking it, it is a good idea to rinse and scrub it with water. That will remove the sapin.

    Or ... buy a bag of Red Mill's Quionoa which comes pre-washed.

    The other thing is, quinoa by itself can be rather bland. So it probably is a good idea to experiment with different seasonings/flavorings. (I personally like it bland, but not everyone does.)

  3. Jerry Says:

    I really like quinoa, but it has to done just right or it does lead to an unpleasant flavor! There are lots of grains that are tasty if cooked right, but that suggestion about trying it at the deli makes really good sense to me. Then you have some insurance that you like the dish before you buy a lot of it!

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    We love quinoa at our house. As suggested, we rinse the quinoa first, then cook it in chicken stock.

  5. Aubergine Says:

    Thanks for all your nice comments. I did wash it twice. Maybe I just don't like the taste. Thanks for lovely suggestions on sampling first. What a good idea!

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