If you are looking for a way to freeze quinoa for the long term, then you have come to the right place.
This is the ultimate guide on how to freeze and store quinoa.
I and several other food bloggers have found these methods to be perfect solutions.
So, let’s get right into it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Quinoa?
- Can You Freeze Quinoa After Cooking It?
- Freezing Uncooked Quinoa
- How Long Can You Freeze Quinoa?
- How to Store Frozen Quinoa?
- How to Defrost Quinoa?
- Can You Refreeze Quinoa?
- Does Quinoa Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
- No special tools needed
- Cook and Cool - Prepare the quinoa for freezing by cooking or baking it, and then let it cool down to room temperature.
- Portion - Divide the cooled quinoa into portions you would likely consume at a time.
- Transfer and Seal - Put the portions of quinoa into a Ziploc bag or an air-tight freezer-safe container and then seal it.
Try and squeeze out as much air as you can before you seal.
- Label and Freeze - Add a label of the date on the container and then pop it in the freezer till you are ready to use it.
Freezing Uncooked Quinoa
Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes
What You Need:
- Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
This is the simplest method to pick when freezing quinoa.
It can help extend the shelf life of quinoa up to a year or so.
Divide the quinoa into portions you would normally consume in one go.
Transfer and Seal
Put the portioned quinoa grains into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal it.
Try and squeeze as much air out as you can before sealing.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the container with the date, and you are all set to freeze the quinoa.
How Long Can You Freeze Quinoa?
You can freeze quinoa for eight months or so.
If you are freezing uncooked quinoa, its freezer life would be between 6 to 12 months.
If you are freezing cooked quinoa, it can last between 8 to 12 months.
It is best advised to freeze quinoa after cooking it.
This is because uncooked quinoa has a considerable shelf-life and needn’t take up space in the freezer.
Whereas freezing cooked quinoa can be meal prep as well.
How to Store Frozen Quinoa?
You can store frozen quinoa in a Ziploc bag or any freezer-safe air-tight container you like.
The key to storing frozen quinoa is that the container is air-tight.
If you have an unopened packet of quinoa and would like to freeze it, you could simply put it in the freezer or transfer it into a freezer-safe container.
How to Defrost Quinoa?
To defrost the quinoa, take out the portion you need and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and let it thaw gradually.
You could also simply leave it on the counter for about an hour if you are in a hurry.
You could also microwave it as an alternative.
If you plan to microwave, add a few drops of water with the quinoa before defrosting.
Can You Refreeze Quinoa?
No, it is best advised not to refreeze quinoa.
However, if you have frozen uncooked quinoa, then you can freeze it after it is cooked.
But to avoid wasting quinoa once it thaws, since you can’t refreeze it, you can portion it beforehand to single-servings.
Does Quinoa Freeze Well?
Yes, quinoa freezes well and can last in the freezer for a whole year if frozen properly.
The best way to ensure a longer freezer life of quinoa is to ensure that the container is air-tight.
You could freeze all varieties of quinoa as well.
No, it is best advised not to freeze quinoa in salads. The additional elements may or may not freeze well, and this can affect the freezer life and taste of the salad as a whole once it thaws.
Yes, you can freeze quinoa porridge, and you would follow the same steps as with the cooked quinoa. Keep in mind that if you add additional ingredients, it can affect the freezer-life of the quinoa and should therefore be consumed within a couple of months.
We hope this article helped you freeze and store quinoa without any difficulty.
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