1 pound (2 1/4 cups) quinoa
2 1/2 quarts water
Set quinoa in a bowl of cold water and wash it by rubbing it between your hands. Drain and repeat the process until the water is clear.
Transfer the rinsed quinoa to a saucepan and cover with water and some salt. Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat and boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until all the grains are translucent. Take care not to overcook. Drain the quinoa immediately but do not cool under cold water or the grain will be waterlogged. If not eating right away, transfer the quinoa to a cloth lined baking pan and fluff up with two forks to help cool the grain a little faster.
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