The bitter taste of defeat must be unrinsed quinoa — or, worse, rinsed quinoa that ends up partially (or mostly) in the sink. But when you have one of the best strainers for quinoa, that defeat can be a thing of the past.
The problem with most colanders, strainers, and sieves is that they’re built for the tasks of larger foodstuffs, like draining linguine or rinsing strawberries. Some are fine enough to hold larger grains like rice, but finding a strainer that won’t wash your tiny beads of quinoa down the drain is a tall order. One innovative quinoa strainer — the OXO Good Grips Quinoa Strainer — made waves with foodies and is a favorite on Amazon, but it can be hard to nab because it's constantly selling out. So, if you find yourself in need of a strainer now, know this: You don’t need a designated "quinoa strainer" to zap saponins (aka the natural coating that gives unrinsed quinoa its bitter taste). There are some great options on Amazon that will get the job done with ease, you just need to know what to look for.
Naturally, the hole size in a strainer is of utmost importance. For stainless steel options, you'll want to look for the finest mesh to avoid quinoa grains slipping through or getting stuck in the holes. You can also consider bowls made specifically for washing grains that let you soak and rinse your quinoa, so the sediment rises to the surface where it's easily drained off. These bowls tend to be made of plastic, which is lightweight and budget-friendly, but it can crack under extreme temperatures. Stainless steel is the gold standard of restaurants, because it’s rust-resistant and long-lasting, and unlike plastic, it's more temperature stable.
After combing through the options and scouring reviews, I found four great all-purpose strainers with just the right amount of drainage for quinoa. There's even a nice storage container on my list, so you can keep your grains fresh.
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