Millet and Quinoa have been around for centuries. First, I'll go over Millet. It's widely grown around the world and has many uses – from nutrition to alcoholic beverages to porridge!
Millet is very rich in B vitamins especially Niacin, B6 and Folic Acid, Potassium, Zinc and Calcium.
The protein content (11% by weight) in millet is comparable to both flour and wheat.
As a kid I used to have a budgie* named Mickey who used to have millet on the sprig pushed through his birdcage bars! He'd get those seeds everywhere!
(*The full name for a "budgie" is budgerigar, similar bird to a parakeet).
I do rinse the millet in a fine sifter under running cool water before use although it doesn't have the bitterness of quinoa.
The photo at the top of the page is pretty much 'actual size'.
I keep it in separate plastic containers for daily/weekly use. When refills are needed, I scoop it out of the b-i-g plastic bags that it ships in. It's easier for me this way.
Just like millet, quinoa has also been around for centuries. Quinoa's protein content is very high – between 12% to 18%! It is a complete protein source – it contains the essential amino acids the body needs.
Note: quinoa is pronounced 'keen-wah'. It is a good source of fiber, and is high in Magnesium and Iron too.
The good news is that quinoa is gluten-free so it makes it easier to digest for many folk.
Quinoa must be rinsed before use, as it has a bitter tasting coating.
This is easily removed by rinsing under cool water in a fine sifter. The sifter (or sieve) I use is from Fantes.com and is a 10" Stainless Steel Extra Fine #17212. Around $20.
They have a 9" sifter (#18889) which would be equally as good for about $4 less. It is an excellent product!
NOTE: If the #17212 is not available, the closest one to it is the #17214 which is a 12” diameter sifter for $24. We’re using “extra fine” mesh in Stainless Steel, FYI.