How Long Does Quinoa Last? Raw & Uncooked Storage Tips

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Have you ever wondered how long quinoa lasts? This superfood has become increasingly popular in recent years, but does it go bad? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the shelf life of quinoa.

Does quinoa go bad?

What is quinoa and where does it come from?

Quinoa is a superfood that is native to South America. It is a very nutritious seed that is high in protein and fiber. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and can be used in sweet or savory dishes and makes a great alternative to rice or pasta.

Is quinoa a grain?

While quinoa is technically classified as a grain, it’s actually the seed of an ancient plant that grows in South America and North Africa. It’s packed with protein, fiber, vitamins (B & E), minerals like manganese or magnesium while being high in omega 3 fatty acids and essential amino acids.

What are the health benefits of quinoa?

There are many health benefits associated with quinoa. This grain is a good source of plant-based protein and is also high in fiber. Quinoa is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. Quinoa is a delicious, nutrient-dense alternative to other grains and legumes. It’s high in protein but low on carbohydrates so it won’t make you feel hungry later in the day like many processed foods do! Quinoa is also gluten-free, making it a great alternative for those who suffer from gluten intolerance.

What are the different types of quinoa?

There are three main types of quinoa: white, red, and black. White quinoa is the most common type and has a light, fluffy texture. Red quinoa has a slightly earthier flavor and a chewier texture. Black quinoa is the least common type and has a slightly sweeter flavor.

Red, black and white quinoa seeds
Red, black and white quinoa seeds

Tips for buying and using quinoa

When buying quinoa, look for products that are certified organic and free from GMOs.

Does quinoa go bad?

Yes, quinoa can go bad. If quinoa is stored improperly, it can develop mold or mildew. Cooked quinoa will last for 3-4 days in the fridge, while uncooked, raw quinoa can last for 2-3 years if stored properly. Be sure to follow the best by date on the container. You will more than likely find a “best by” date rather than an “expiration date” on the packaging. This is because the expiry date is based on the production date. Since there is no way to tell how long they’ve been sitting on store shelves, it’s a good idea to use the best by date.

What are the signs that quinoa has gone bad?

The best way to tell if your quinoa is safe for cooking, besides smelling it and making sure that there aren’t any unpleasant smells coming from the package itself (which would indicate spoilage), take a look at how long its been sitting around. If you notice signs of mold or insect damage then don’t hesitate to discard your quinoa.

How do you store dry quinoa to make it last the longest?

Dry quinoa should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. When stored properly, uncooked quinoa can last for 2-3 years. These are the type of air-tight jars we like to use.

White quinoa seeds
White Quinoa Stored in Air Tight Container

How do you store leftover quinoa in the fridge?

Cooked quinoa will last for 3-4 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. Before chilling be sure to allow the quinoa to cool down. Discard any cooked quinoa that has been left at room temperature for more than two hours due to bacteria that may develop.

Can you freeze quinoa?

Yes, you can store quinoa in the freezer. Cooked or uncooked quinoa can be frozen for long-term storage. Be sure to store in an air-tight freezer safe container or freezer bag.

How long does quinoa last in the freezer?

Cooked quinoa will last for 6 months in the freezer, while uncooked quinoa can last for a year or two. Quinoa can technically keep longer in the freezer but will start to lose its quality and texture if kept frozen past our recommendations.

How do I reheat frozen cooked quinoa?

If time permits, allow cooked quinoa to defrost in the fridge overnight. If in a hurry, transfer to microwave-safe dish and reheat for 30 – 60 seconds.

Overall, quinoa is a healthy and versatile grain that can be used in a variety of dishes. Quinoa does have a long shelf life if stored properly but can definitely go bad. We hope that helps and be on the look out for our quinoa recipes that are coming soon!

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