If you are looking for the best ways to cook wheat berries, you are in the right place. Today, together with me learn – how to cook wheat berries. Also, you will also get answers to questions related when cooking wheat berries and know more information about it.
1. How To Cook Wheat Berries & FAQs
What are Wheat Berries?
Wheat berries are the edible kernels of whole wheat grain.
The husks of wheat berries are removed but the bran, germ, & endosperm remains intact. They do not undergo the refining process.
The wheat berries have a bite-like texture and sweet nutty taste. They can be used for both sweet as well as savory recipes. They do not have an over-powering flavor and instead soak up the flavors of the stock, sauce, or dressing used to prepare them.
Should you soak wheat berries?
The answer is that you should Soak it.
First, spread out the raw wheat berries in a large tray. Check thoroughly and throw away any stones, dirt or debris you find among the grains.
Then, soak the wheat berries overnight (for 10-12 hours) in a bowl of cold water. After soaking time is up, drain the water, and start cooking. Soaking reduces the cooking time by 10 minutes and helps the body absorb the nutrients easily.
2. How to Cook Wheat Berries on the Stovetop
- 1 cup of wheat berries (soaked)
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 0.5 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- Olive oil or butter (for flavor) (optional)
How long to cook wheat berries
It takes about 45-50 minutes to cook wheat berries.
Step 1: Fill a saucepan with 3 cups of filtered water. Add the soaked wheat berries and season with salt. Stir it.
Step 2: Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat until the liquid comes to a boil. Now, decrease the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a well-fitted lid and simmer for 35 minutes.
Step 3: After 35 minutes is up, uncover the saucepan and do a taste-test. The wheat berries should be tender and have a chewy texture. If you feel it’s not done yet, simmer and do the taste-test after every 5 minutes until it tastes perfect. Turn off the stove, and let the wheat berries sit covered in the steam for 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Uncover the saucepan and drain the excess liquid. Drizzle some olive oil or a dollop of butter. If needed, add a dash of salt and serve warm.
A cup of raw wheat berries makes 3 cups of cooked wheat berries. Therefore, if you wish to store them, transfer to an air-tight container and keep in the refrigerator. They last up to 6-7 days. When you wish to consume, re-heat on low heat in a sauté pan and enjoy it!
Now, that you know how to cook wheat berries you can enjoy it as a breakfast cereal or any way you please. The fibrous wheat berries are an excellent healthy option to try in place of rice, bread, and packaged cereals.
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