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Organic Quinoa, 36 lbs.
This bulk quinoa is certified organic, triple-cleaned and perfect for baking & cooking purposes. It's pronounced "keen-wah".
Convenient & safe storage
Our quinoa is certified organic and non-GMO, and comes in six-gallon buckets (or pails... another word for the same container), containing 36 lbs. net weight. When you store whole grains, seeds and legumes at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your it from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our bulk quinoa comes in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, Mylar liners, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. The O2 absorbers leave an atmosphere of nitrogen in the bucket (because air is mainly oxygen and nitrogen). Our buckets safely lock out pests, and biological processes are put "on hold" in the Mylar protected, oxygen-free nitrogen atmosphere, so your quinoa enjoys complete peace and quiet until you want to use it.
“This is the best quality and the best price for quinoa. The way it's packaged the last pail I open is as fresh as the first. Plus Pleasant Hill Grain's customer service is unbelievably excellent. Your sales representatives have a vast knowledge of your products.”
– Michael M., WI
In whole-grain foods, the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as grain is ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. Modern high-speed grain mills make it fast and easy to enjoy the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food imaginable!
All of our grains, seeds and legumes are triple-cleaned to ensure purity and protect your grain mill from any foreign objects. (Quinoa that isn't sufficiently cleaned may contain small stones that will damage or destroy a grain mill... not to mention that you don't want such things in your food!)
All of Pleasant Hill Grain's whole grain products are natural (non-GMO).
Quinoa Uses & History
Quinoa (chenopodium quinoa), pronounced "keen-wah", is a gluten-free, pseudo-cereal seed native to the Andes Mountains of South America, and it was an energizing staple for the Incas for many generations. They even called it the “mother of all grains”.
The nutritional benefits of this power-packed seed are becoming widely recognized, and many people on gluten-free or vegan diets choose quinoa over starchier and less-nutritious options.
Quinoa is full of protein! Proteins build and repair tissue and our bodies need a lot of them to stay strong and healthy. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and there are nine amino acids that our bodies can't produce on their own. Foods that contain all nine of these amino acids are called "complete proteins", and animal proteins such as red meat, eggs and milk are complete proteins, but most plant proteins are incomplete. Quinoa though is a complete protein, and with 18 amino acids it contains more protein than most other grains and pseudo-cereals.
This tiny seed is a rich source of fiber, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, and provides 15% of the recommended daily value of iron. Quinoa contains B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin E.
You’ll find many shared characteristics between quinoa and amaranth, because they belong to the same plant family. Both are gluten-free seeds that cook quickly, and are complete proteins. While both have a high protein content, quinoa has 8 grams in a 1-cup cooked serving, and amaranth has 9 grams. Both are good sources of iron, but amaranth offers twice as much (5 mg in a 1-cup serving). Both seeds have a mild, earthy flavor, and quinoa is particularly good at taking on the flavor of a dish. Quinoa can be cooked into a soft, fluffy side dish, whereas cooked amaranth has a much wetter consistency and is a bit chewy.
“Excellent price, and it tastes wonderful. We don't eat much wheat at our house, but we love quinoa. Great buy.”
– Jennifer B., IA
Quinoa can be ground into flour, popped, flaked or cooked. Among many other uses, it can be cooked and served hot in breakfast cereals, added to soups and casseroles, or chilled in salads, side dishes and pilafs. The subtle nutty flavor of quinoa pairs well with just about anything!
A natural saponin compound coats quinoa seeds. This coating helps protect the plant from pests and disease. Saponins taste bitter, and some people have trouble digesting them, so many people remove them by rinsing quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. If you do this, be sure the seeds are dry again before running them through a grain mill or flaker.
Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient present in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds that prevents the assimilation of many of the nutrients present in those foods. To reduce most of the phytic acid in quinoa, soak the seeds in whey or another acidic liquid for 24 hours at about 85 degrees before using.
To bake gluten-free recipes, whole quinoa seeds, quinoa flour or flaked quinoa can be combined with other gluten-free grains and seeds such as millet, sorghum, oats and buckwheat to make quick breads and sandwich breads. Other gluten-free flour options include bean flours, coconut flour and nut flours. A variety of binders can help provide structure to gluten-free breads to make them less crumbly. Nutritious binders include eggs, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and psyllium husk powder.
To cook, simply cover the quinoa with water or broth in a saucepan, simmer for 12-15 minutes and drain excess water.
Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of. Wondering which grains are gluten free? Check out our .
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Gamma Seal lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.
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|Serving Size: 1/4 c. (45g)
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|Calories from Fat||25|
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|Allergen Statement||Processed in a facility that handles barley, sesame seeds, soybeans, wheat, and peanuts.|
|Product Weight (lbs.)||39 lb.|
|Net Weight||36 lb.|
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By Gail J. in WA on 4/2/2016 - Verified BuyerQuinoa has become a staple in my diet - local sources vary constantly as stores change suppliers, even to the point where it is not always available---probably due to popularity? I was a little concerned about buying a large quantity and storing it, but it comes in a sturdy container. The grain tastes fresh and is very consistent throughout.4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Denny B., MI on 2/19/2017 - Verified BuyerThis is beautiful, clean quinoa! Local supplies are ok, but inconsistent and not always up to these standards. We've purchased quinoa from Pleasant Hill before and have been very pleased. We just received a new bucket and it is as wonderful as before. I very much appreciate the consistent high quality and will continue to return here to purchase.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Jean H. in NC on 6/11/2016 - Verified BuyerI appreciate the fact that I am able to find a place to purchase such a large quantity of Quinoa. Good-for-you stuff. : ) Well packaged. Thanks.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Daryl M. in IL on 5/5/2016 - Verified BuyerHaven't opened yet, but received in timely manner. Like the new website!2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Frances M. in FL on 4/13/2016 - Verified BuyerI make all of my dog's food from quinoa. This is the best quality and the best price for quinoa. The way it's packaged I can order a lot at one time and the last pail I open is as fresh as the first. I order many other products such as popcorn, beans and wheat flour. Plus, Pleasant Hill Grain's customer service is unbelievably excellent. Their sales representatives have vast product knowledge. I'm a chef and run a cooking website Painless Cooking so I order a lot of food.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Michael M. in WI on 4/13/2016 - Verified BuyerGreat packaging and wonderful taste.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By Jennifer B. in IA on 4/12/2016 - Verified BuyerExcellent price, and it tastes wonderful. We don't eat much wheat at our house, but we love quinoa. Great buy.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
By E G. in IN on 8/21/2019 - Verified BuyerAside from the high quality and efficient packing of this product, I love the fact that the container itself is incredibly useful.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By Cyd2 on 6/30/2019 - Verified BuyerExcellent quality - prompt shipping. In addition, I inquired via email regarding the shelf life and received a prompt reply. I am glad for the personal and quick reply and for the extended shelf life.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?
By Dora G. in CA on 5/2/2016 - Verified BuyerArrived a day early. Wonderful product. Great packaging.1 person found this review helpful. Did you?