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[pct-l] Re: pct-l-digest V1 #1016

Paul wrote:
> Do you rinse the quinoa at camp?  That doesn't sound particularly
> practical to me.  Most of the time I'm trying to conserve water whether
> I've had to carry it some distance or filter it.  Also 15 minutes doesn't
> strike me a quick in trail cooking terms.  Those extra minutes of cooking
> time translates into more weight of fuel (unless you are using a zip
> stove).  I have cooked quinoa, but not on the trail.

I checked the times for quinoa and it's only ten minutes of cooking. You
could probably cut this down to 5 to 7 minutes if you soaked the grain and
left the hot pot to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before eating. I'll have to
experiment with this. You could always carry a pressure cooker and cut the
cook time down to 2 minutes. I have not tried pre-washing at home, but all
you would have to do in camp is throw the quinoa in your dirty socks, put
them in a stream and let the water run over them. You will have prepared
your quinoa for cooking and washed your socks at the same time:). But, on
second thought, the soponins in the stream is not a good idea, best to wash
the grain away from the water and deal with your socks in town.

Rusty "MyTie" Johnston
pctresearch@pcthiker.com | Long-distance backpacking research
http://www.pcthiker.com | experience the Pacific Crest Trail

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