Wheat Berries, Simplified

May 17, 2009

Wheat Berries, Simplified

Paula Borchardt, Tucson CSA

Those bags of wheat berries sitting on your shelf don’t have to be intimidating or time consuming! Here’s an easy way to take care of them.
1.    Rinse the wheat berries in a mesh strainer under running water.
2.    Skim off the chaff: put the wheat berries in a bowl of water, briskly stir the wheat berries with a spoon, and use a small strainer to skim off the chaff that floats to the top of the bowl. Alternate stirring and skimming until no more chaff floats to the top of the bowl. The little black mustard and/or amaranth seeds are harmless.
3.    Soak overnight in the bowl of water.
4.    Cook: drain the water, add fresh water (about 4 cups water per cup of wheat berries), and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 hours.

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