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Quinoa

I tried several times when I made Quinoa to share some with the birds, but they don't care for it.

Then I realized it's not really a grain, but rather a seed, and in fact a native seed for our Linnies.

So can it be fed as seed without cooking it?

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It can be sprouted!

My guys eat it when included in a chop mix. Actually, they like it best when it's been cooked, frozen, then thawed. I wonder if that gets rid of the bitter flavor...I don't taste it unless I really try, but my kids always complain. Rinsing it several times helps get rid of it.

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My canary will eat cooked quinoa mixed in with finely chopped broccoli tips and shredded carrot. I find the quinoa is an odd size and a little awkward for the canary to manage so I give it a quick crush in a chopper to make it more manageable and easier to eat.





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Thanks! I will definitely give it another try! I know with some foods you just have to keep trying like with cooked bean mix. I felt like I cooked it forever so the beans would be tender and they didn't care for it. The second time they liked it better.

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Just cook it like rice. 1:2 quinoa:water, bring to a boil, cover reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Simmer 15 min. Turn off heat without touching pot (do not look in!). Wait ten minutes, then uncover, fluff and enjoy.

Alton Browns method for cooking rice/quinoa, it's as foolproof as a rice cooker but with a pot.

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Just cook it like rice. 1:2 quinoa:water, bring to a boil, cover reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Simmer 15 min. Turn off heat without touching pot (do not look in!). Wait ten minutes, then uncover, fluff and enjoy.

Alton Browns method for cooking rice/quinoa, it's as foolproof as a rice cooker but with a pot.

I've never used a rice cooker, I use a pot with a lid and follow the same directions you posted and its perfect every time.





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Just cook it like rice. 1:2 quinoa:water, bring to a boil, cover reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Simmer 15 min. Turn off heat without touching pot (do not look in!). Wait ten minutes, then uncover, fluff and enjoy.

Alton Browns method for cooking rice/quinoa, it's as foolproof as a rice cooker but with a pot.
Yes, that is how I cook it, but I make fresh salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, lentils, black beans and fresh lemon dressing. Or I make it with meat and taco seasoning for a more hardy meal.

The next time I make it, I will freeze some and mix it with the birds morning chop, making the morning chop real tiny (usually they like to hold 1/4" pieces of their chop).

Next bag, I will also try sprouting it!

Thank you both for the great ideas! If you want my people food Quinoa recipes, let me know.

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I have never used it raw but as it is a seed I can't see why not. Don't take my word for it though! My birds love it

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