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TOPIC: removing stones & debris from quinoa

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July 15, 2012 7:57 PM
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 ...
  3420861
July 15, 2012 7:59 PM
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...
  279118
July 15, 2012 7:59 PM
My only suggestion is to buy Bob's Red Mill. I have never had a problem with their quinoa. Good luck..
July 16, 2012 4:50 AM
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.
  3420861
July 16, 2012 6:02 AM
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.
  279118
July 16, 2012 7:04 AM
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.
July 16, 2012 10:03 AM
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.
July 16, 2012 10:16 AM
I get Bob's Red Mill from Costco and have never found any debris.
July 17, 2012 9:28 AM
sorry you had the same experience! it is good to know that it's specific to the brand, though.

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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.
  3420861
July 17, 2012 9:40 AM
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.
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July 17, 2012 9:51 AM
QUOTE:

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
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August 20, 2012 11:32 AM
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.
September 2, 2012 3:29 PM
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!
April 26, 2013 11:38 AM
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!
Edited by neniaholmbergryan On April 26, 2013 11:42 AM
April 26, 2013 11:40 AM
I always rinse quinoa for a full 4 minutes.
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April 27, 2013 4:38 PM
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 !
May 7, 2013 10:52 AM
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!
May 14, 2013 2:08 PM
I have never had an issue with the bags Earthly Choice until now. Many 'glass' pieces!! :(
May 17, 2013 7:59 AM
YES!!! Rocks and sticks in EARTHLY CHOICE Brand! IT SUX! never buy that brand again
May 21, 2013 9:32 AM
Unfortunately, I am currently using Bob's Red Mill and about every fourth bite I get gritty stuff. I washed very well too.
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August 20, 2013 8:25 AM
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.
September 26, 2013 7:02 PM
That's sad to know that it wasn't just this batch I mad. I've tried multiple brands now with the same problem. Thank you for confirming that it is the quinoa. I think I actually chipped a tooth on one of them too :(
September 26, 2013 8:24 PM
I have been eating Ancient Harvest for over a year and have never had one piece of grit in it. Lentils, on the other hand, are a different story...
October 9, 2013 9:10 AM
I am throwing out a big bag of Earthly Choice quinoa--those nasty little gritty stones are intolerable. Don't understand how rinsing could get red of tiny stones either, they are the same color as the grain. Earthly Choice is the only brand I've had this problem with--never again! Too bad, they have a lot of new 'convenience' quinoa products I won't waste money on.
December 7, 2013 8:31 PM
I buy it from the bulk foods section of my grocery store called Sprouts. I get the nasty Sandy crunch no matter how much I wash it. It really grosses me out.

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