Millet and Quinoa

Millet and Quinoa

Easy to Use – Rinse First ~ Supplies Great Nutrients!


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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.

Millet and Quinoa, but first ... Millet

Budgerigars eating millet sprigs

Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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).

Add Millet to Soups and Cauliflower Mash

Later on in life, millet became an important ingredient in my diet. I add it to my soups and cauliflower mash. I also add millet (and quinoa) to my chicken chow dog food recipe.

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 big plastic bags that it ships in. It's easier for me this way.

... and finally, Quinoa

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.

I use quinoa in my cauliflower mash and in many soups to add an excellent source of protein. Quinoa (and millet) is also added to my chicken chow dog food recipe.

Rinse Quinoa Before Cooking

extra fine sifter at Fantes.com

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.

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