Try cooking with different Grains. You can create imaginative, delicious and nutritious meals for your family with very little work.
I frequently shop at an organic food store in Edmonton and I was very happy when I came across this one page Tips and Techniques for cooking grains. Quite often, I either bought the quick, microwavable products or avoided buying grains as I was not sure how to prepare them. Now that I have this wonderful guide I can confidently shop for many types of grains and you can too.
COOKING TIMES FOR ALL GRAINS
*all grains with this symbol are gluten free
1 cup Grains
1 cup Grains
|Amaranth*||2 cups||20 mins.||Rice-Brown Basmati*||2 cups||25 mins.|
|Barley – Hulled||3 cups||90 mins.||Rice-Sweet Brown*||2 cups||50 mins.|
|Barley-Pearled||2 ½ cups||60 mins.||Rice-Arborio*||1 ¼ cups||30 mins.|
|Barley-Pot||3 cups||50-60 mins.||Rice-White Jasmine*||2 cups||20 mins.|
|Buckwheat-Kasha||2 cups||20 mins.||Rice-Sushi*||1 ½ cups||20 mins.|
|Buckwheat-Hulled & Whole||2 cups||20 mins.||Rice-Wild*||2 cups||50 mins.|
|Corn Grits or Polenta||3 cups||20 mins.||Rice-Wild, Blend*||2 cups||50 mins.|
|Kamut Kernels||3 cups||90 mins.||Rye Kernels||2 cups||30 mins.|
|Kamut Flakes||2 cups||15-20 mins.||Rye Flakes||3 cups||30 mins.|
|Millet*||2 ½ cups||30 mins.||Soy Flakes||4 cups||10 mins.|
|Oats-Hulled||2 cups||40 mins.||Spelt Flakes||3 cups||20-25 mins.|
|Oats-Quick||2 cups||5 mins.||Spelt Kernels||3 cups||120 mins.|
|Oats-Rolled (Slow Cook.)||2 cups||30 mins.||Triticale||2 ½ cups||60 mins.|
|Oats-Steel Cut||3 cups||40 mins.||Triticale||2 cups||20 mins.|
|Quinoa*||2 cups||20 mins.||Wheat-Couscous||2 ½ cups||10 mins.|
|Rice-Brown short & long*||2 cups||25 mins.||Wheat-Red hard berries||3 cups||120 mins.|
|Rice-White Basmati*||2 cups||15 mins.||Wheat-Soft White||3 cups||120 mins.|
Tips & Techniques:
- Rinse and drain grains before you cook them
- Cook grains by bringing to a boil and then reducing to the lowest heat possible. In most cases, cover the grains while they cook. Except for rice, it is recommended to stir the grains, while they are simmering.
- Instead of water try using vegetable, chicken or fish stock.
- Add vegetables to your grains! In a heavy pot, sauté onions, celery, peppers, even carrots! Then add water, bring to a boil and then add grains.
- Organic grains are grown in well-balanced soils that harvest healthy plants with a higher nutritional value.
If your grains or beans are not softening after a long cooking time, the problem could be their age! Even grains and beans have an expiry date-buy in small quantities and replace often. Any grains or beans over a year old should be replaced.