Bob's Red Mill Organic Grain Quinoa, 26-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)
List Price: $46.72
Our Price: $35.94
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The supergrain ancient food for today. 100% whole grain. Excellent source. Whole Grain Quinoa is the most nutritious of all grain. It's high in fiber, a good source of Iron, and has all eight essential amino acids. So, it's no wonder that it was a primary staple of the ancient Incas of South America. Quinoa has a delicate nutty flavor and is very easy to prepare, Widely versatile, it's great by itself or in any recipe that calls for whole grain. Our Quinoa has been thoroughly rinsed and air dried to remove the naturally occurring bitter saponins, so it can be used without rinsing. USDA organic. Certified 100% organic by QAI. All natural. Bob's Red Mill products labeled gluten free are batch tested in our quality control laboratory. We use an Elisa Gluten Assay test to determine if a product is gluten free. Quinoa is perfect for entrees, Elisa and salads calling for whole grains. It is light and delicious while being quick and easy to prepare. An ever-increasing number of people with food allergies find that organic Quinoa permits a more normal diet.
Case of four 26-ounce packages (104 total ounces)
Made from pure organic quinoa
An excellent source of protein, calcium, and iron
Certified organic; a nutritious whole grain substitute for rice
Made from South American-grown quinoa and packaged in Milwaukie, Oregon
Organic Whole Grain Quinoa Excellent product from Bob's Mill. There are a lot of quality quinoa grain products I have access too where I live, but Bob's Mill is one of the few that doesn't trigger my sister's Celiac's disease. Will order again when we run out!...more info
Quinoa is Nutty (Yummy) like Barley; Sage like Ancient Vines Lost from Long Ago Times. Even though I write reviews mostly on my favorite types of escape novels, I was sparked by Amazon's enthusiasm, to take part in the grocery store and gourmet food expansions here. My first purchase (of products beyond books) included a grain called QUINOA (Keenwa), on a Super Saver Shipping.
The product arrived in very good order and within perfect timing.
In that maiden purchase (which included a novel, of course, Cleo Coyle's latest coffeehouse mystery, MURDER MOST FROTHY), I also added lavender and clove essential oils to my shopping cart, along with powdered cloves, and lavender tea. See my Listmania on Essential Oils (which indicates which items I've reviewed) for info on the values and uses of lavender and cloves, available from various vendors here.
I consider Quinoa to be the most valuable food available on the planet, a food which meets my standards for luxury gourmet in flavor (and culinary versatility), in addition to being baseline healthy with full-spectrum nourishment.
If I had to be limited to only 4 items or food groups (in addition to water, of course) to eat or drink, those would be Quinoa, Coffee, Dairy Products, and a variety of greens, spices, & nuts. Yeah, okay, dairy products; and greens, spices, & nuts may be considered more than 2 items, but, for me they're two categories.
I'm not a vegetarian because I love meat, chicken, and fish, but if I'm working with limitations, I'm making do with the most basic of basics, while still having enough food items to concoct satisfying flavor (yeah, yeah, and nutrition, too, though according to my beliefs, "nutrition" dims and deteriorates, unless it's in the living presence of "yummy.").
Quinoa, I believe, would take care of all (or at least many) basic nutritional needs.
The way I simplify my use and preparation of Quinoa is to think of it either as rice or oatmeal, and then to "gourmet it" accordingly.
-- As "rice" I add savory herbs like parsley, basil, marjoram, garlic, onions, etc. Actually, most types of herb concoctions or side foods which could be blended with pasta would also work with Quinoa. Think of what Lidia's Italian Table does with "noodle heaven"; then substitute Quinoa for pasta (I like pasta too, of course).
-- As "oatmeal" I add sweet or rich ingredients like fruit (including raisin and date types), brown sugar, molasses, maple, creme, that type of thing.
As far as cooking instructions, to me they're basically the same as rice:
- Add water or liquid in a 2 to 1 ratio. 2 cups liquid ( water, broth, vegetable, or fruit juices) to 1 cup Quinoa.
-- Instructions are given on the bag for boiling the water then adding the Quinoa, covering the pot, and simmering for 12-15 minutes.
-- I've also successfully prepared Quinoa in the microwave. You can heat the water to boil in a bowl then add Quinoa, cover, and cook. Normally, a microwave cooks 4 times faster than "outside-the-waves" cooking, but, of course that time varies with larger amounts of food. For example, 1 potato cooks (on average) in 4 - 8 minutes, 2 potatoes require double that, or 8 -16 minutes.
-- For a single serving cooked quickly in the microwave, I might use 1/4 cup Quinoa with 2/4 (?) cup liquid.
I have actually simplified the process for myself by placing those single serving amounts (Quinoa and water in a bowl) in the microwave, and cooking it on high, maybe 3 minutes, till the liquid bubbles. Then I cover the bowl with a plate "lid"; zap it for another minute or half, then let it "steep" in the microwave, without opening it, for another few minutes. (Since microwave ovens and tastes for texture differ, you'll have to experiment with your own microwave processes to get results which work for you, or just use the sauce pan method described on the bag.)
In the microwave, Quinoa seems to cook easier than rice.
But, I also cook rice in the microwave in a similar method. I don't use minute rice, since my microwave method works easily and fairly quickly, and if I cook it in a serving bowl with a plate "lid" I can just place it on the table for family style "digging in."
I love the nutty, barley flavor of Quinoa. Thankfully, so does my husband!
Regarding having the saponin rinsed off at the "factory" like Bob's Red Mill does, I'm anxious to see how that works long term. The price doesn't appear to be any higher (even with shipping added) than the Quinoa I've previously used from White Mountain Farms in Colorado, in the San Juan mountain area.
Even though it takes only a few minutes to rinse the saponin off the grain, that extra step can set me back from cooking Quinoa when I'm in a rush, or feeling low-energy, which is too often. So, I was delighted when I saw that Bob's Red Mill does the pre wash.
Regarding the saponin:
-- The genetics in the Quinoa seeds, after eons and ages of growing, had developed the saponin coating as a very effective protection against insects and burrowing varment's, like worms or parasites.
-- Knowing what saponin is and does, I began a habit of saving some of the water used to rinse Quinoa for watering my plants, or pouring on the ground where I might want to discourage insects.
-- I had a fleeting question about pre-washing: How long would the "naked" grains be able to protect themselves against parasitic invasions, once the saponin is removed. Certainly, Quinoa (being such a strong, wise-old-grain with high integrity, for many reasons) would be able to do so much longer than other similar, eons-younger food offerings.
(Added at a later date: I relish having Quinoa pre-rinsed from Bob's Red Mill, and hope that vender continues to offer the grain that way. I have seen no problems with parasites, even after having the grain stored in a cupboard for many months. When given the option, I will buy Quinoa pre-washed.)
Quinoa grows only above a 7,000-foot-elevation and requires a certain growing climate, which can be found only in certain areas of the world. Luckily for me, some parts of the Rocky Mountains are one of those areas, not tested until fairly recently (in terms of the eons and ages associated with this ancient grain from the Incas).
Interesting stories about Quinoa's long history are bountiful, but I won't get into those. A large assortment of books and pamphlets are available to read on it, and of course, many are offered here on Amazon.
I remain ever thankful for magical foods (which are both gourmet and healthy in quality), especially in our era of being told by some authorities that we need to remove the life, magic, wholeness, and flavor out of most everything. For the sake of "health"?
Here's an interesting question to ponder:
Why and how, for a while (eons), did we lose Quinoa seeds, which had "lived" long enough to develop saponin. Why and how did we find them again?
For an easy, exotic recipe using Quinoa, see my review of Virgin Coconut Oil (Certified Organic) 12 fl.oz
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Excellent Product I tried quinoa after a doctor told me it has the highest complete protein of any grain. Bob's Red Mill is excellent, and I use it frequently in the same way I'd use rice. By subscribing to regular delivery I am assured of always having it at the best price I can find, as well as having the reminder to use it. I cook it by putting a 1/2 cup quinoa in a preheated wide mouth thermos and adding 1 cup of boiling water. In a couple of hours it will be perfectly cooked and warm all day. This method makes it a favorite for camping trips....more info
Most Nutritional Grain, Delicious, Cooks Like Rice Quinoa is a delicious and more nutritional version of rice and cooks very easily. It is probably the most nutritional grain because of it high protein (12-18%), fiber, phosphorus, iron and magnesium content. The protein in Quinoa is complete with all amino acids (unlike rice which lacks in lysine) which makes it an excellent grain for vegetarians.
I cooked Bob's Red Mill Organic Whole Grain Quinoa just like rice and it was ready in 20 minutes. You have to rinse it well otherwise the grains are sticky. Soaking in water before cooking, like rice, also helps. It can be used in a variety of ways just-hot with meals and cold with salad - like rice. It is very sumptuous, filling and has somewhat nutty flavor. Strongly recommended....more info
great low carb choice Great tasting replacement for rice if you are on low carb diet. Very easy to prepare - just add it to boiling water and boil for 12 minutes....more info
Delicious! Best Quinoa out there Big thumbs up on this stuff. I read about it in men's health and got a small sample bag of another brand from a local health store. I had to wash the stuff before cooking it. I really enjoyed it and it's ability to go with anything so I ordered the 4 pack from red mill.
Pre-washed!! Thank you bob!
Rather than share lots of recipe's I'll just say that cooking this stuff in chicken or beef broth is sooo much better than water. Adding varous spices, butter, etc really brings out more flavor....more info
Great Tasting for Adults, Healthy Option for Toddlers Fantastic addition to your dinner table! I use this in meals for my husband and me, as well as for my 20-month-old twins. I think it is a nice cross between barley and couscous - a hearty texture and taste, like barley, but a bit smaller and fluffier when cooked, like couscous. A single serving has 10% of the RDA for iron - it's hard to find natural foods for kids with that level of iron! It also has 7g of protein and 3g of fiber. Very easy to make, and a super-star as far as nutrition is concerned....more info
Tasty and feeling good so far Don't know much about long term health effects... but I like the way I feel after I eat this. It has replaced rice in my usual dinner recipes. I find it needs a little salt and if available some other flavoring (garlic, veggie, broth, etc.). It also reheats well in the microwave. - The subscription plan is also convenient, especially since my local grocery doesn't stock this stuff (for now)....more info
AMAZING!!!! This is honestly the best grain I have ever had. I eat it at least three times a day! Out of any type of grain this is the best for you. Highly nutritious, and very tasty! I like to mix mine with garlic while cooking, and when it is done I mix in hot pepper relish. YUM!
I am a bodybuilder and this has become the staple of my carbs.
You can even heat it up for breakfast and add sugar free syrup if you like, and some fruit!
My favorite is hot pepper relish, corn, garlic, and chicken!
Good nutrition and easy to prepare I just received this today and started cooking with it. I've used other brands of quinoa and Bob's is as good as any I've ever used, if not better. The flavor is plain and you can add your own spices. This could be used as a breakfast cereal or as a dinner side dish. I am on a diet to avoid the white stuff - white potatoes, white rice, white pasta, and white flour because of health concerns. This is a welcome tasty addition to my new diet.
I cooked mine in the microwave like I do with rice, but it did not require as much time to absorb the water. One cup quinoa with 1 cup water, and less than 10 minutes on high with cook it up nice and fluffy. Microwaves are all different, so your timing will depend on your microwave's power. Mine is a low 800 watt compact microwave, and like I said, it was done in less than 10 minutes.
My local market carries Bob's products, but not this quinoa. One small box of quinoa costs about 2 times what I paid on subscribe and save. I've stored the unused unopened bags in my freezer for save keeping so they don't turn rancid before I use them, but I think I will be eating a lot of this, so I don't think it will have a chance to get rancid anyway. It tends to fill you up, so a little goes a long way. ...more info
Good stuff... I have to say Id never heard of quinoa until I read about it being an excellent source of slow digesting carbs in Muscle & Fitness. So I bought some and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like the taste. I tend to cook it in a steamer just how I would cook brown rice and it works fine.
Overall its just food so I wont get too thrilled about it and rave about it in this review but if you want a good tasting and healthy food I would recommend this product....more info
"BEST" food on earth It's low calorie, and high in fiber & protein. Plus, it tastes great! I mix with diced chicken, edamame, avocado and chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts & pistacios) for a healthy post-exercise dinner. Mmmm ;)...more info
excellent product! This grain is an excellent replacement for rice. One try and you'll be hooked on this incredible food for life. All Bob's red mill products are top notch.
Another Winner from Bob's Red Mill - Organic Grain Quinoa I tried Bob's Red Mill Organic Grain Quinoa, 26-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) and became instantly hooked. If you are not familiar with quinoa, it is a mildly nutty-flavored, chewy and hearty grain that makes a great rice substitute. It's pretty versatile, as you can use it to make soups and salads as well. Bob's Red Mill products, while not cheap, are universally high quality. With one cup of dry quinoa making enough for a side dish for 2-3 people, a 26-ounce package goes a long way. If you are a rice fan, give this product a try: I guarantee you will like it....more info
Bob's Red Mill Quiona Bob's Red Mill products are always first class. The Quiona does not need to be prewashed, no bitter taste as with other brands.
The health benefits of Quiona are phenomenal. Proteins, amino acids, low calorie...and versatile...used in place of rice, coucous, pasta, potatoes.
Love it! Use it every day!...more info
economical The price is right and taste good, is organic and already rinsed,saving a step in preparation....more info
How do you store it? Just prepared it first time, tasty. It says on the package keeps best refrigerated or frozen but it also says on the box to sell by Aug 2010. Now I'm sure they don't keep it refrigerated at their warehouse before they ship it to us. Any people here keep their Quinoa in the refrigerator? Closet? Notice any signs of spoilage? I've looked on line for info, some say it spoils after a month, some say it's good for years. Confusing internet....more info
Very pleased but limited experience This is only the 3rd time we have purchased quinoa. Previously, we used quinoa purchased from Whole Foods. It is comparable, less expensive, and avoids the need for prerinsing. What's not to like!
Mostly, my wife has made salads. They have been huge hits with friends and family. We tried making stuffed bell peppers substituting quinoa for rice. However, the quinoa did not open up and remained in seed form. So, we have more to learn about how to cook with this great grain....more info
EXCELLENT!!!!! First off, I have to say I am new to Quinoa. Never tried it before but I am so glad that I did!!!!! Bob's Quinoa tastes EXCELLENT! Slightly sweet and nutty you could eat it plain or add your own spices and things to it (such as beans or vegetables) It's very EASY and QUICK to prepare - you don't have to rinse it because it's pre-rinsed. If you can boil water, than your set. I'll be signing up for Amazon's auto subscription delivery on this one. My only regret - THAT I DIDN'T TRY IT SOONER!!
Quinoa - Try It !!! Quinoa is one of the healthiest grains you can eat - and one of the most delicious! It cooks in less than 15 minutes, so you can make a fast dinner using it. And how delicious it is! Mmmmmmm!!!! Softer than rice, it has a slightly sweet and nutty taste. My favorite recipe is to cook it with a small onion, a tablespoon of butter, and a half cube of vegetarian boullion (or a half-teaspoon if using powdered boullion or fresh refrigerated type). Bring the water to a boil, add the onion, butter, let boil for a minute. Then add the quinoa. Bring to boil again. Add the bullion, and turn down to a low simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, and there you go! A fantastic grain that leaves you feeling light and energetic. As for Bob's products, they are always excellent. Amazon's price is very good, especially if you live in a small town or out in the country, where it may be hard to get organic and specialty items like Bob's Quinoa. ...more info
Delicious AND healthy! Wow! I've recently made efforts to eat better and, let me tell you, ALL of Bob's Red Mill products are a godsend. Quinoa is easy to make, versatile, and packs some serious health benefits. The package it comes in doesn't look like much but the seeds cook up to 4 times their size, easily. So a little goes a long way both in that sense and that it's pretty filling too! I use it as a side dish, in soups and stews, and I imagine that with the right ingredients it could be used for breakfast as well!
I'm a carb addict and this, while not low carb, is definitely better than the empty and processsed carbs that I used to eat. If you're looking for a low carb option that's similar to rice, check out TVP granules. Only 3 effective carbs per serving and even easier to make than this stuff! ...more info
Great but... Love this stuff! Pre rinsed is great. As you probably know, rinsing the tiny grain is tedious. The only problem I have is with the higher cost. The organic 365 brand from Whole Food is a lot cheaper but you have to rinse. Oh well... ...more info
Change of Pace I had never tasted Quinoa before, but the reviews on here elevated my expectations. The reality is it's just a bland slightly funky smelling grain. It's a good change of pace if you need to get some carbs on your dinner plate. ...more info
Great addition to any diet! Quinoa has a nutty flavor when cooked that goes with any dish just like rice does. There is virtually no prep time involved in this quick side dish and is one of the only sources of complete protein found on the planet. Wonderful to cook, eat and serve. Often described as a mix between couscous and rice. Enjoy!...more info
Bob's Quinoa Decent product, it takes little longer to cook than it says on package. Stir it often....more info
Best Quinoa On The Market
I have tried many brands of Quinoa and this is by far the best. The packaging is solid and strong, never a problem with split bags. This is a pre-washed Quinoa which make preparation so much easier. And I
can't say enough about the taste, you will not find a better tasting Quinoa out there...more info
Loved it! I agree with many other reviewers that this is very good Quinoa. It has a rich and nutty taste. I went through the four bags pretty quickly. I would buy it again....more info