Rinse quinoa by placing it in a mesh strainer under running water or in a bowl of water. This takes only a few minutes. You need running water, quinoa, a bowl and a mesh strainer.Continue Reading
Make sure to use a strainer with holes that are smaller than the quinoa seeds to prevent the grains from getting washed away. If you do not have a strainer, place the quinoa in a bowl.
Position the mesh strainer below a faucet of running water.
Rinse the quinoa under running water for three minutes. If you are using a bowl, fill it with water.
Use your fingers or a utensil to agitate the quinoa seeds while they are in the mesh strainer or bowl. This removes the bitter outer covering of the quinoa seed and improves the taste. Although this bitter coating is usually washed off before the quinoa is boxed and sold, rinse it again to be sure.
If you are using a bowl of water, repeat the process several times before cooking the quinoa to ensure the coating is removed.