So you want to use wheat, but don't have a wheat grinder. You can make wheat berries! It is very simple to cook wheat. Here are a few methods:
Fast Stove-top Method: Heat 2 1/2 cups water and 1 cup wheat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 50-60 minutes. Makes about 3 cups of wheat berries.
Slow Stove-top Method: Heat 3 cups water and 1 cup wheat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1/2 hour. Turn off heat and allow wheat to stand, covered 8-12 hours. Drain off any remaining liquid.
Thermos Method: Place 1 cup wheat and 2 1/2 cups boiling water in quart-sized thermos. Screw the top on lightly and leave until morning.
Slow Cooker Method: Place 3 cups water and 1 cup wheat in slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours. Turn off slow cooker and let sit overnight.
So now what do you do with this wheat? I will admit that I don't use wheat berries a whole lot. I have eaten it as a breakfast cereal, warm, with milk and brown sugar or honey. I have put wheat berries in my meat loaf. That's my extent of wheat berries.
From what I read, though, you can use them in most any recipe to stretch the meat or other grain. Some ideas: use in chili, stroganof, noodle or rice salads, or stuffing.
Most important part: Introduce wheat into your diet slowly. If you do not, you will have severe pain. I believe this is the most important reason to introduce wheat into your diet now in slow amounts.
How do you cook wheat berries? Does anyone cook them in a pressure cooker? How do you eat them?
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