Cooking Tip: Freezing Quinoa
If you like quinoa, or if you have tried these pancakes, freezing quinoa will make your life much easier. Cook a whole bunch of quinoa as directed on the package, cool, and seperate (I recommend measuring into one or two cup increments) into freezer bags. That’s it! I believe I cooked two cups of dry quinoa for a yield of approximately 8 cups cooked quinoa. The pancake recipe calls for one cup, but I doubled it…so this would a lot of pancakes! You could have some warm quinoa with fresh herbs, a bit of lemon juice and olive oil as a side for dinner and freeze what ever is left. Then, when you get the craving for hot quinoa cakes in the morning, just remember to throw a bag of frozen quinoa in the fridge to thaw overnight. This eliminates the longest step in the process of making the pancakes. I am all about saving time. If you’re making quinoa, might as well make a bunch, right!?! It would be fine revamped into a side dish as well; I don’t think it loses much flavor or texture in the freezing process.