Learn how to preserve cooked quinoa and enjoy its delicious flavor and texture even after you have prepared it!
Cooked quinoa is an excellent addition to salads, side dishes or main dishes. If you have extra quinoa after cooking and want to store it properly for later consumption, here are some useful tips.
Cook the quinoa properly
It is important that quinoa is cooked very well, without water or moisture in order to keep better in the fridge.
Cool it properly
After cooking, allow it to cool completely before storing. Also, it is recommended to spread it on a tray or plate so it cools faster. Avoid leaving it at room temperature for too long, as this can increase the risk of bacterial contamination.
Use airtight containers
Preserve cooked quinoa using an airtight container or storage bag with a ziploc seal.
Make sure the container is clean and dry before using it. Airtight sealing will help prevent air and moisture from entering, which can affect the freshness and quality of quinoa. Therefore, try to fill the container to the maximum to reduce the amount of oxygen.
Storage in the refrigerator
Cooked quinoa stays best in the refrigerator. Place the container with quinoa in the main or less cold part of the fridge.
Label and date
It is advisable to label the containers with the storage date to keep track of the elapsed time. Cooked quinoa usually stays fresh in the fridge for about 4 days. Consuming it within this period will ensure its best taste and quality.
Just remember that…
When heating cooked quinoa, it is essential to do so properly to avoid the risk of contamination. Be sure to heat it thoroughly before consuming it and do not refrigerate it again if it has already been heated.