Next, you will want to rinse the quinoa to remove any residue from the seed that could cause a bitter taste to your cooked quinoa. This task has already been performed in some boxed quinoas, but you may want to repeat the process if you are unsure.
Pour the uncooked quinoa into a fine mesh strainer. Rinse with running water for two to three minutes, agitating the seeds with your hands to remove any residue.
If you don't have a mesh strainer, you can place the quinoa in a large bowl or water for several minutes, and then change the water and repeat to assure that the quinoa is well-rinsed. Be sure to agitate with your hands during this process to remove any residue.