Your Ultimate Guide to Crafting the Perfect Quinoa Milk

From the high-altitude fields of the Andes to our modern kitchens, quinoa has traveled far. Not just a super grain for your meals, but a treasure when transformed into milk. Join me, as we unravel the secrets of making impeccable quinoa milk, capturing its essence in every sip.

Quinoa Milk
A bowl of raw quinoa, waiting to transform into creamy milk.

Quinoa Milk Recipe

Your Ultimate Guide To Crafting The Perfect Quinoa Milk 1

Quinoa Milk

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: INTERNATIONAL
Keyword: Quinoa Milk
CookingStyle: Braising
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 13 hours
Servings: 2 people
Author: Irish Love
Cost: $10
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Equipment

1 nut milk maker
1 fine-mesh
1 glass container
1 boil
1 quart-size jar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white quinoa
  • water, as needed
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Place the uncooked quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and wash it
    thoroughly to wash off the bitter coating.
  • Put the washed quinoa into a glass container with a lid.
  • Cover the seeds with water, put the lid on it and place it in the
    fridge overnight.
  • Next day, pour the soaked quinoa into a sieve and wash it again.
  • Put the quinoa into a pot with 2 cups fresh water and a pinch of
    salt.
  • Bring it to a boil, covered.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer the quinoa (covered) until all the
    water is absorbed, (about 20 minutes).
  • Place the cooked quinoa in a blender with 2 more cups of water
  • Blend on high for 1 minute, then add water until the milk reaches
    the desired consistency.
  • Strain the quinoa milk through cheesecloth into a bowl.
  • Sometimes there will still be flecks of quinoa in the milk. But they
    will settle out later.
  • Pour the quinoa milk into a quart-size jar, and stick it in the fridge
    to cool.
  • The milk may separate a little and then stir just a little.
  • The milk will keep about a week.

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Notes

Tip: Add any desired sweeteners and flavorings at your choice.
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Nutrition

Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 0.01mg | Calcium: 0.01mg
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Making Quinoa Milk Using a Pressure Cooker

Pressure-Cooker Quinoa Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quinoa (washed and drained)
  • 5 cups of water
  • Optional: Sweeteners or flavorings like vanilla extract, dates, or a pinch of salt

Procedure:

  • Preliminary Prep: Begin by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly under cold water using a fine-mesh strainer. This helps in removing the natural saponin coating, which can impart a bitter taste.
  • Pressure Cooking: Transfer the washed quinoa to the pressure cooker and add in 5 cups of water. Secure the lid and set the cooker to high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Natural Release: Once the cooking time is over, turn off the pressure cooker and let it release the pressure naturally. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Blending: After the pressure is completely released, open the cooker and let the quinoa-water mixture cool for a few minutes. Transfer this to a blender and blend on high until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. If you’re adding any sweeteners or flavorings, now’s the time to do it!
  • Straining: Pour the blended quinoa mixture through a nut milk bag or a fine-mesh sieve placed over a large bowl. Use your hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Storing: Transfer the strained quinoa milk to a clean bottle or jug. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 3-4 days. Shake well before every use, as natural settling might occur.

Cooking Tips for Perfect Quinoa Milk

Quinoa Milk
The magic begins – blending quinoa and water.

Making quinoa milk might seem straightforward, but a few tips can elevate your quinoa milk game from good to ‘Oh wow!’.

  • Rinse Thoroughly: Always rinse your quinoa multiple times. This ensures the removal of saponin, which can make your milk taste bitter.
  • Opt for White Quinoa: While quinoa comes in various colors, white quinoa has a more delicate flavor profile, making it ideal for milk.
  • Cold Storage: After blending, allow your quinoa milk to chill in the refrigerator for an hour. This lets the flavors meld and offers a more refreshing taste.
  • Watch the Water Ratio: If you prefer creamier milk, reduce the water by a cup. For a lighter consistency, add an extra cup.

Serving Suggestions for Quinoa Milk

Quinoa Milk
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There’s something truly special about the nutty, earthy flavor of quinoa milk. It’s versatile, rich, and lends itself to various culinary expressions. How should one enjoy it, you ask?

  • Morning Ritual: Quinoa milk is a fantastic addition to your morning cereals or oatmeal. Its slightly nutty undertones pair beautifully with granola and fresh berries.
  • Beverage Delight: Feeling a bit experimental? Use quinoa milk as a base for your smoothies or shakes. It blends well with fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.
  • Coffee and Tea: Yes, you read that right! If you’re a coffee or tea aficionado, using quinoa milk instead of your regular dairy gives a unique twist to your brew. Plus, it froths rather nicely for that perfect cappuccino!
  • Dessert Companions: Pair quinoa milk with your favorite desserts. Whether it’s a slice of rich chocolate cake or a plate of cookies, a glass of chilled quinoa milk is always a good idea.
  • For the Littles: Kids can sometimes be picky, but introducing them to quinoa milk with a dash of cocoa powder or a spoon of honey can make for a delightful treat.
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FAQs on Quinoa Milk

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Toast to health: glasses of quinoa milk raised in a cheer!
  • How long can I store quinoa milk?
    Quinoa milk remains fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Always store it in a sealed container, and remember to give it a good shake before using.
  • Can I freeze quinoa milk?
    While you can freeze quinoa milk, it might change the texture slightly upon thawing. It’s best consumed fresh.
  • Why is my quinoa milk bitter?
    The bitterness often comes from the saponin coating on quinoa. Ensure you rinse your quinoa thoroughly to avoid this taste.
  • Can I sweeten my quinoa milk?
    Absolutely! You can sweeten it with natural sweeteners like dates, maple syrup, or honey. Adjust to taste.
  • What do I do with the leftover quinoa pulp?
    Zero waste is the mantra! Use the pulp in smoothies, baking, or even stir it into your oatmeal for added texture and nutrition.

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