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The quinoa possesses a natural protective coating, called the saponin, that has a bitter taste. Some brands do their best to ensure that effective methods are used to prewash the quinoa. However, the level of this bitter taste differs from one harvest to the other, and so we highly recommend to always rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking it.
Unlike the quinoa, KANIWA GoGoQuinoa has no saponin. The GoGo Quinoa kaniwa is also pre-washed so you can use it without rinsing. If you would like to wash it, make sure you have a sifter with very small holes because the kaniwa grains are very tiny.
You can cook 1 cup of quinoa in 1.5 cups of water by bringing to a boil, reducing heat. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes.