One question I get asked a lot is “Is there any way to cook quinoa from raw without using a pot?”. Up until now I didn’t have an answer outside of precooking and dehydrating at home. Then I had my eyes opened recently in the newly published 500 Best Quinoa Recipes: 100% Gluten-Free Super-Easy Superfood cookbook.
On page 12 the author talks about the “Thermos® Method” for grains, this caught my attention and I read on.
And being that I am always looking for new methods to translate to the outdoors I tried out her method:
Yes, it did work. Shockingly well. The downside? Well…you do have to haul a Thermos® around. I tried it in my trusty stainless steel bullet I have had for ever – I use it on snowshoeing trips to take hot soup with me. I am not going to lie….it isn’t UL by any means. But it does allow you to prepare your quinoa at lunch and eat dinner with minimal prep and not having to cook it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Thermos Method Quinoa
- 1 stainless steel bullet-style Thermos®, 17 ounce size
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup boiling water
- Salt, if desired
If in cold weather preheat your thermos by pouring in boiling water, let sit for 5 minutes. Drain off – you can use this water for a hot drink or for whatever.
Meanwhile bring the cup of water to boil, add the quinoa to the thermos with it and salt if desired. Seal tightly and shake a couple of times. Ignore for 4 to 6 hours.
Use a long-handled spoon to remove some of the quinoa, knock out the rest, into a clean bowl or sandwich bag, it will be nice and warm. Use as desired. Rinse the thermos out.
Makes about 1½ cups cooked.
PS: While my bullet is brand name, you can find similar ones at Target and Starbucks that will work. Use stainless steel, glass can break.