Sunday, January 16, 2011
Step One: Harvesting: I collected the Quinoa stems in September and stored them in a paper bag. I thought that the seeds would fall out once the plant had completely dried. WRONG! Some did, some didn't. Now it's January, and I finally have time to take matters into my own hands... winnowing!!!
Step Two: Winnowing: Looking at my collection of stems, I thought, "I bet I can get through this by winnowing with my hands... I will probably get only a half a cup and take about an hour." WRONG again! As I winnowed by hand the first two stems (rubbing bunches of the dried florets together) , I easily had 1/2 a cup. Plus, not only seeds fell into the bowl, but the casings as well. Spending time picking the casings out was getting to be a time drain!! So, my wonderful husband made me a winnower out of wire mesh and voila... I had an efficient and effective winnower!
Step Four: Drying Finally I put the clean quinoa on baking sheets to air dry!