Friday, May 13, 2011

Wheat Berries

Crockpot Wheat Berries

1 cup whole wheat berries
3 cups water
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
a Crock Pot or a Slow Cooker

First you need to pick over and wash your whole wheat. I do this by putting it in a fine mesh strainer and running water over it in the sink. When the wheat is well washed, place it in your slow cooker. Add the water and salt if desired. Set the cooker on low and put the lid on. Let it sit overnight, or all day, at least 8 hours, or up to 12 hours. In the morning you will have lovely well cooked wheat to use for all of your favorite wheat recipes.

If there is extra water in the slow cooker, you may drain it off. If you want to cook the wheat on High instead of Low, then let it cook for 3 hours and then check it. If it is tender then eat it, if it isn’t tender yet, then give it another hour on High to cook it through. Store the cooked wheat in the fridge, or freeze it if desired. It keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge. This recipe may be doubled or tripled if desired. The cooking time remains the same.

You may use this wheat in recipes or eat it plain. I like it for breakfast with milk and honey, or mixed with yogurt and bananas. It is also good as a substitute for rice on the dinner plate.

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