Can I freeze Quinoa: The quick answer is that yes, it is possible. But there are a few things you need to know about adequately freezing cooked quinoa.
In this post, we’re going back to the beginning, and I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about freezing quinoa from scratch. I’m also answering all of your questions about the product’s shelf life, properly defrosting it, and how to incorporate it into dishes.
Can Cooked Quinoa be Frozen?
The quick answer is yes, but there are a few things you need to know about this properly. This post is a continuation of the how-to quinoa basics collection. I’ve already written extensively about Seasoning Quinoa, Rinsing Quinoa, and Cooking Quinoa Perfectly. Check those out as well if you need a refresher.
Why Should Quinoa Be Freeze-Dried?
- Time savings: The primary reason to freeze quinoa is for time savings. Quinoa freezes well and defrosts quickly, making it ideal for incorporating into salads and soups or simply serving as a side dish with any of your supper recipes.
- Consume Healthfully: Preparing cooked quinoa makes healthy eating easy. Quinoa is a complete protein, including all nine essential amino acids human bodies cannot make. It’s easy to add cooked quinoa to salads, soups, and skillet foods to increase daily protein intake. As a gluten-free pseudo-grain, it can also be consumed by celiacs.
How To Freeze Quinoa?
Here’s the gist.
See the recipe card for the full breakdown.
- Cook quinoa as package directs. Remember, it triples in size, so get a huge pot!
- Allow cooling. I usually put it in a covered bowl in the fridge to let the steam out.
- Portion and freeze. I like to freeze in 2 cup portions, but your favorite recipe calls for 3, 1, or 10. go for it!
- Label the freezer bags with the contents, quantity, and date. For ten months or until the freezer burned.
How To Defrost Frozen Quinoa?
The best thing about frozen quinoa is that it doesn’t need to be thawed overnight in the fridge. Remove it from the freezer and thaw on the counter for 45-60 minutes before using it.
Cooked quinoa can be eaten cold or warmed in the microwave or stovetop. If you’re reheating it on the stove, add a spoonful of oil and occasionally stir, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. If it’s too dry, add a few tablespoons of water when cooking.
Frozen quinoa is also great in soups and skillet recipes. It may add a few minutes to the cooking time, but it is considerably faster than making it from scratch.
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