I just learned how to cook quinoa and the article (on wendipolisi.com) mentioned that you have to rinse quinoa because "Quinoa is covered in a bitter substance called saponin. In nature, saponin protects the seeds from pests and birds."
The cooking instructions mentions rinsing the quinoa for 3-5 minutes, which seems like an awful lot of water.
Has anyone tried using leftover quinoa rinse water to deter harmful bugs or birds?
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I haven't tried to repel anything with it, but I wash my quinoa the way I wash my rice- 3 rinse-agitate-drain cycles in a row, with that water reserved and going into the graywater to flush toilets (we have a water shortage here and water is being rationed) or out to water plants. If I used a lot of quinoa I would save just that water and experiment, but the bugs here are pretty hardcore and probably would ask for more.
3-5 minutes of running water seems like a bit of an exaggeration, personally.