How to freeze quinoa

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How to freeze quinoa
Freeze leftover cooked quinoa to eat up to a month later. (Fudio/iStock/Getty Images)

Quinoa is a gluten-free grain known for its nutty flavour and versatility. It is a highly nutritious grain containing high levels of calcium, potassium, iron and protein. You can use quinoa to make cereal, soups, casseroles and salads, among many other dishes. Before freezing quinoa, you'll need to cook it by simmering it in water or stock for about 15 minutes. Freeze the quinoa properly to ensure the best quality and flavour.

Things you need

  • Cooked quinoa
  • Freezer
  • Plastic storage container with airtight lid
  • Plastic freezer bag with tight seal
  • Freezer tape

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  1. 1

    Allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature before packing it for storage.

  2. 2

    Transfer the cooled quinoa to a freezer-safe plastic storage container. Leave a 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) space at the top of the container to allow for expansion.

  3. 3

    Press a plastic lid onto the storage container to create an airtight seal. Place the quinoa in a plastic freezer bag featuring a tight seal as another option.

  4. 4

    Store the quinoa in a freezer set at -18 degrees C (0F) for up to one month.

Tips and warnings

  • An easy way to keep track of how much quinoa you cooked and when you originally froze it is to write the number of servings or amount of quinoa and the storage date on a piece of freezer tape. Press the handy label on the storage container or bag before you freeze your quinoa.

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