In this article we will talk about quinoa, as one of the healthiest foods in the world. Many people are wondering how long quinoa can last. Does it last a couple of weeks, a couple of months or even a couple of years? Can this pseudo-cereal last forever?
In this article we will tell you something more about quinoa and its shelf life. Also, we will tell you how to store quinoa properly and which are the signs that your quinoa has gone bad. Read along and you will find out.
More about Quinoa
Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa is actually a seed, but many people consider it a grain. Quinoa is usually called a super grain of the future. It is a great source of fiber and it contains all 9 amino acids that your body needs.
Also, quinoa is gluten free and it is especially recommended to those people who are gluten intolerant. Quinoa has also a low glycemic index and it can help in blood sugar control. It is proved that regular consumption of quinoa can reduce the risk of diabetes.
Quinoa is also rich in iron, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese and other nutrients. Quinoa has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, but in recent years it has become popular all around the world. You can buy quinoa in health food stores and also in many restaurants which are offering natural foods.
What Is the Shelf Life of Quinoa?
Like all seeds and grains, quinoa will not last forever, but it has a pretty long shelf life if kept dry. The shelf life of quinoa depends on a variety of factors, such as the method of cooking and also the way of its storage. Quinoa seeds usually have a best by date and they don’t have an expiration date. But, quinoa can last even 2 to 3 years beyond the date that is printed on the package. If you keep it in the fridge, it won’t help too much.
If quinoa is cooked, it will last for up to a week if stored in the fridge. You can extend the shelf life of quinoa by storing it in the fridge. If you store cooked quinoa in the freezer it will last between 8 and 12 months.
How To Store Quinoa Properly?
Proper storage conditions are essential when it comes to the shelf life of quinoa. It is best to store quinoa in an airtight container in a dark and cool place, such as pantry. If quinoa has already been prepared, it should be kept in the fridge in a container that is sealed tightly. This way you will keep your quinoa away from moisture and other contaminants. Cooked quinoa should never be stored at room temperature for more than 2 hours because it will quickly go bad.
If you want to store quinoa for a long term, it is best to freeze it. We recommend you to use the freezer safe containers that are oxygen-free. Also, cooked quinoa can freeze well in airtight freezer containers. Cooked quinoa won’t go bad for a long time if kept in the freezer but it will lose a lot of its quality. The taste will not be the same and also quinoa will change in texture, but it will be safe to eat.
It won’t be difficult to thaw out your frozen quinoa. You can simply steam it with some water at a low temperature or you can place it in a glass dish in microwave. Another way to defrost your quinoa is to place the container with quinoa in hot water and to change it every half an hour. This way your quinoa will maintain a lot of its flavor and it won’t lose its nutrients.
How to Tell if Quinoa Has Gone Bad?
Well, it won’t be so easy to tell if quinoa has gone bad because it doesn’t become rancid or smelly. If quinoa has gone bad, it will harden and it will lose its texture during the cooking process.
Also, it is possible that mold appears in your quinoa, which is the most obvious sign that the quinoa has gone bad. Your senses are the most reliable instrument that will help you tell if quinoa has gone bad. You can simply open the package of quinoa and take a whiff. If quinoa is too dry, if it smells bad or if it contains mold, you should discard it. You should never eat quinoa that has mold and that is very dry. Quinoa with mold may cause many health issues, so you should avoid it. If you notice any of these signs, you should toss your quinoa out, in order to avoid any health risks.
As you have seen in this article, quinoa is actually a seed that has a long shelf life if kept dry. After cooking you should store quinoa in the refrigerator. This way it can last for a couple of days.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your quinoa and to store it for a long term, you should freeze it. Frozen quinoa can last for up to a year, but it will lose a lot of its quality. Now that you know all about the shelf life of quinoa and its storage methods, we are sure that you won’t let that your quinoa goes bad.