A kitchen store employee suggested that I use "food grade silicon caulk" to seal the rim of the fine sieve I purchased to rinse quinoa. The dry grain was getting stuck under the rim and swelling, making it impossible to remove. I have looked for a replacement fine sieve and they all look like they are made the same. I am uneasy about the suggestion. I would appreciate your input. Thank you
Silicon caulk is toxic when applied, but does cure to be nontoxic as the solvents evaporate. If you are going to use it, do use one that is food grade as it is especially designed to be food safe to FDA standards (though I don't always agree with them).
You might want to search the internet, if you haven't already, for "fine sieve." I just did and found various styles. I don't know which you are using, and I don't rinse quinoa, so I don't know what to suggest. Perhaps a reader will respond.
I just remembered my grandmother rinsing rice, washing the starch off by rubbing it between her hands. At the end she just poured off the water through one hand, leaving the grain in the bowl. Sometimes our hands are the simplest tools and work just fine.
Or line a bowl with cheesecloth and pour the quinoa through.
Think "outside the sieve" on this one.
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