There are certain labor-intensive recipe phrases that can make the most diligent cook roll her eyes. "Do I really have to do that?" we wonder. Every week, we will track down the answer to that question. Why? Because as much as we love cooking, we're kind of lazy. Leave your Do I Really Have To Do That? questions in the comments and they shall be answered, saving us all a lot of needless trouble.
You're already a quinoa expert, thanks to its Jennifer Lawrence-like ascent to "it" grain. You know, for instance, that the part we eat is actually a seed, that it's pronounced KEEN-wah (not kee-NOH-ah), and that it's been a high-protein mainstay in South America since long before Machu Picchu. You might even have more advanced-level knowledge, like a preference for the red variety (word). But do you know why we're supposed to rinse it and, more importantly, if we really have to?
Quinoa has a natural bitter coating of saponins, which dissolve when quinoa is rinsed. Some people are moreRead More »from Rinsing Quinoa: Do I Really Have to Do That?