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removing stones & debris from quinoa

sunsetwestsunsetwest Posts: 221Member Member Posts: 221Member Member
so i was sitting here enjoying my quinoa, kale and tofu dinner when all of a sudden i chomp on a pebble in my quinoa. the hubs heard the crunch from six feet away! i really hope i didn't crack a tooth.

i rinsed the "pre-rinsed seeds" four times and tediously pecked at it for anything abnormal. i do this every time and as thoroughly as i can, but it never fails that i find something gritty or rock-hard.

does anyone have any tips on how to remove stones and other miscellaneous debris from quinoa? i love the stuff, but i don't want to risk losing a tooth over it ...
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  • Mindful_TrentMindful_Trent Posts: 3,954Member Member Posts: 3,954Member Member
    Hmm. I've never had this type of problem and I eat quinoa fairly regularly. Maybe certain brands are better than others? Just a thought...
  • watercolormamawatercolormama Posts: 131Member Member Posts: 131Member Member
    My only suggestion is to buy Bob's Red Mill. I have never had a problem with their quinoa. Good luck..
  • sunsetwestsunsetwest Posts: 221Member Member Posts: 221Member Member
    the brand i have is nature's earthly choice organic. it comes in a zip-top bag. my regular stores carry bob's, so i'll try that out next. i'm almost through this bag.
  • Mindful_TrentMindful_Trent Posts: 3,954Member Member Posts: 3,954Member Member
    Another brand to look for is Ancient Harvest Quinoa, which comes in a box (I think they sell both traditional and red quinoa) - this is what I've always used, and as I mentioned - never had any problems with noticeable debris in the quinoa.
  • sweettthingssweettthings Posts: 157Member Member Posts: 157Member Member
    I tried the Nature's Earthly Choice Quinoa last week and every single person at the dinner table got the same horrible "crunch" you describe. The piece I fished out of my mouth felt and looked like glass, but I suppose it could have been a piece of quartz. This was our first experience with quinoa, I'm glad to hear it may just be a problem with that particular brand. We liked the flavor, but it wasn't good enough to risk our teeth.
  • slgnunezslgnunez Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I would recommend Eden Foods, Alter Eco, Ancient Harvest, Bob's Red Mill (make sure it's the Bolivian quinoa!), or the trader joe's brand. They all use royal quinoa, which is well cleaned.
  • mcarter99mcarter99 Posts: 1,666Member Member Posts: 1,666Member Member
    I get Bob's Red Mill from Costco and have never found any debris.
  • sunsetwestsunsetwest Posts: 221Member Member Posts: 221Member Member
    sorry you had the same experience! it is good to know that it's specific to the brand, though.
    I tried the Nature's Earthly Choice Quinoa last week and every single person at the dinner table got the same horrible "crunch" you describe. The piece I fished out of my mouth felt and looked like glass, but I suppose it could have been a piece of quartz. This was our first experience with quinoa, I'm glad to hear it may just be a problem with that particular brand. We liked the flavor, but it wasn't good enough to risk our teeth.
  • OcarinaOcarina Posts: 1,563Member Member Posts: 1,563Member Member
    Wow! That's scary.

    Only thing I've found so far was from whole quinoa I got from the bulk section at my Co-Op there was a few leaves in it. I'm fine with that though. Rocks though??????????? Yikes! I will avoid that brand in the future.
  • jenbridgesjenbridges Posts: 213Member Member Posts: 213Member Member
    Another brand to look for is Ancient Harvest Quinoa, which comes in a box (I think they sell both traditional and red quinoa) - this is what I've always used, and as I mentioned - never had any problems with noticeable debris in the quinoa.

    This is the brand we eat, and we have never had anything other than quinoa in the package! :smile:
  • amckimamckim Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I am eating the Bob's Red Mill and it happens often enough that I "Googled" and found this thread. Hoping it was just a bad bag, becasue it is miserable to get the rocks when you aren't expecting them. Or any other time.
  • geo_cookgeo_cook Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I've had the crunchy bits in my quinoa using multiple brands. They're small grains of sand that aren't removed before selling. I was frustrated trying to remove these tiny grains but finally realized that my gold pan should work. I put all the dry quinoa in the gold pan, constantly agitated it, and slowly poured it out into a mixing bowl. In the end, I captured about 10-20 grains of sand in the bottom of the gold pan. So it seems to work, because, just like gold grains, the sand is heavier than the quinoa and settles to the bottom. It's almost as gratifying as finding yellow flakes of gold in the bottom of the pan!
  • neniaholmbergryanneniaholmbergryan Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I have recently tried quinoa too with the same results. It was organic, pre-washed too, but I still rinsed it. It definitely feels like sand, my husband said egg shells, but still grosses me out when I eat it. I think I would enjoy it, if it were not for that. Oh, and the brand is Nature's Earthly Choice. Maybe I will try one of the other brands mentioned. I'm getting rid of the rest of this. Thanks for the other suggestions!
  • WDEvyWDEvy Posts: 947Member Member Posts: 947Member Member
    I always rinse quinoa for a full 4 minutes.
  • anniebellxoanniebellxo Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    oh my goodness ! i'm so disappointed to hear we both bought the SAME brand !! i never had a problem with it til now - : ( last two bags i've bought have had gritty bits - thought it was dirt but i found a piece and it was clear and round, a glass bit ? kind of scary actually. best to steer clear of it, i think !
  • rachaelartrachaelart Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I found your post on a quick google search because I was sick of biting down on sand and wanted to know what I was doing wrong! Thanks for posting this because aparently it is the kind I buy!

    I have been using Jansal Valley. I guess I'll buy "bob's" now!
  • risa_25risa_25 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    I have never had an issue with the bags Earthly Choice until now. Many 'glass' pieces!! :(
  • NancySime1NancySime1 Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    YES!!! Rocks and sticks in EARTHLY CHOICE Brand! IT SUX! never buy that brand again
  • smmolidosmmolido Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    Unfortunately, I am currently using Bob's Red Mill and about every fourth bite I get gritty stuff. I washed very well too.
  • goeasy1goeasy1 Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    I have a friend in Colombia who cooked the Quinoa with a pressure pot. This made the debris fall and stick to the bottom of the pot.
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