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Can You Freeze Quinoa?

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Quinoa is a healthy grain-like edible seed rich in vitamin B, dietary fibre, and protein – it’s super healthy and a great addition to many recipes and meals. But can you save yourself from having to cook it all the time?

Can You Freeze Quinoa?

Yes, you can freeze quinoa for up to 12 months. You can freeze it both uncooked and cooked. Freezing cooked quinoa is far more beneficial as it gives you a ready-to-go meal direct from the freezer.

Does Quinoa Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Quinoa? No

How to Freeze Uncooked Quinoa

Quinoa is really easy to freeze, and whether you have leftovers that are cooked or uncooked, you are just a few simple steps away from freezing it.

Uncooked quinoa is super-fast, easy to freeze and freezing extends its shelf life. The method is simple and easy:

  1. Portion into Bags: Pop the quinoa in an airtight container or freezer bag before sealing it up tight, ensuring it is fully airtight.
  2. Freeze: Put the bag or container into the freezer. Don’t forget to label it!

If you have purchased bulk quinoa, you can freeze the whole package or open it and separate into smaller portions, placing it in a resealable plastic bag that will be easy to cook quickly.

How to Freeze Cooked Quinoa

If you plan to make yourself a healthy quinoa snack, then why not cook yourself a little extra? Then you can freeze the leftovers for a quick, easy and healthy snack whenever you want.

Freezing cooked quinoa is simple and easy because there is no prep work involved.

  1. Cook and Cool: Cook quinoa how you normally would and then allow it to cool to room temperature. 
  2. Portion Out: Once the cooked quinoa cools down to room temperature, divide it into portions and put it in a resealable freezer bag or if you prefer, an airtight container.
  3. Seal and Freeze: Squeeze out the air to prevent freezer burn- and stick it in the freezer! Don’t forget to label the bag or container with the date.

It is best to freeze quinoa within a day of cooking.

Cooked Quinoa

3 Tips for Freezing Quinoa

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing quinoa to have the best results:

Cook It
Dried quinoa will sit happily in your cupboard for months, so there’s no need to take room up in your freezer. Instead, cook quinoa before freezing to save yourself time in future. 

Make a Meal
Don’t limit yourself to freezing plain quinoa. Instead, try freezing it as a ready-to-go meal by mixing it with roasted vegetables or shredded meat. 

Try Different Quinoa Varieties
Quinoa isn’t only available in the plain white version. There are various options to choose from so try to mix up the type of quinoa you use. 

How Long Can You Freeze Quinoa?

You can freeze uncooked quinoa for 6-12 months.

If the uncooked quinoa is not in its original container but individualized and frozen, it is critical to keep all oxygen out of the container, whether it be a plastic container, or a resealable bag, to keep it from becoming freezer burnt.

You can freeze cooked quinoa for 8-12 months as long as it is stored correctly.

How Long Does Quinoa Last in the Fridge?

Cooked quinoa will last for between 4 and 5 days in the fridge. As soon as it has cooled to room temperature, portion it out into a Tupperware container, seal and pop it into the fridge.

How Do You Defrost Quinoa?

Both cooked and uncooked quinoa is defrosted the same way. This is one of the easiest items to thaw.

To defrost quinoa, take the quinoa out of the freezer, either put it in the fridge overnight (best recommendation), or let it thaw at room temperature for a few hours, and then it is ready to go into the microwave.

What about those unexpected guests or those times you need a quick meal?

To quickly thaw quinoa, you can take it out of the freezer, add a few small drops of water and put it in the microwave for about a minute.

Venting the bag slightly and adding a small amount of water will keep it from hardening during reheating.

If quinoa is thawed, put it into a microwave-safe bowl forming a small hole in the middle. There you will place a few drops of water and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook or let the quinoa dry out.

Can You Refreeze Quinoa?

We would always suggest erring on the side of caution when freezing any food items. This is especially true for grains such as quinoa. Try freezing quinoa in suitable portions to make it easier to thaw a portion at a time. 

By doing this, you won’t need to refreeze it. 

The only exception to this rule is if you have frozen uncooked quinoa, have then cooked it and now want to freeze it. This second freeze will be fine. 

Does Quinoa Freeze Well?

Quinoa has a long shelf life, but if the product becomes freezer burnt or shows apparent signs of decay, discard the product.

Providing the quinoa was frozen properly and used within the 8-12 month window, and is thawed out properly with proper moisture, and it does not harden, there is no difference in the taste or texture of the product.

However, It can lose its nature-infused vitamin health quality over time, so make sure you plan to use your frozen quinoa within the recommended time.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing quinoa or quinoa in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Uncooked Quinoa?

Although it is possible to freeze uncooked quinoa, there is no point. It has a lengthy shelf life when kept in a cool, dark cupboard so don’t waste valuable freezer space.

Can You Freeze Cooked Quinoa Dishes?

Yes, if you have mixed cooked quinoa with other ingredients into a dish, then it can be frozen. But, it can only be frozen for as long as the weakest ingredient in the dish.

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