Cooking Grains


If you are like me, you buy grains in bulk, and cooking directions aren’t always available.   Here are some cooking directions to use for basic cooking.   If you are using them in a recipe, like a pilaf, cook according to the recipe, of course.  
Grains are a good source of fiber and B vitamins, as well as minerals.  Try a variety of grains – like fruits and vegetables, they each have their own benefits.  
Remember that many grains can be microwaved as well, just as quickly as those expensive, preservative-laced "instant" packets.  Add your own real sweeteners or seasonings.  
Cereals, side dishes, in soups and casseroles, breads and crackers…grains are filling, inexpensive, and nutritious.
Barley, pearl 
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 4 cups liquid to yield 3 cups
Add to boiling water; simmer, covered, 45 minutes.
Tomato Barley Soup
Barley, quick cooking
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 1 2/3 cups liquid to yield 2 1/2 cups
Add to boiling water; simmer, covered, 10-12 minutes.
Bulgur
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 1 ½  cups liquid to yield 3 cups
Add to cold water; bring to a boil, simmer, covered 10-12 minutes
Cornmeal
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 3-4 cups liquid to yield 3-4 cups
3 cups of water yields firm polenta-style cornmeal, 4 cups yields soft cornmeal
Add to cold water, bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and lower heat and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes.
Farina, quick cooking
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 5 1/3 cups liquid to yield 6 cups
Add to boiling water, simmer, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes
Shrimp and Grits
Hominy grits, quick cooking
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 4 cups liquid to yield 4 2/3 cups
Add to boiling water, simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes
Kasha
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 1 ½  cups liquid to yield 2 cups
Add to cold water, bring to a boil, cover, simmer 10-12 minutes.
Millet
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 2/3 cups liquid to yield 4 cups
Add to boiling water, simmer ccovered 15 to 20 minutes.  Let stand covered for 5 minutes
Oats, quick cooking
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups liquid to yield 1 ¾  cups
Add to boiling water; simmer 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Let stand, off heat, covered, 3 minutes.
Fruity Rice Salad
Oats, regular
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups liquid to yield 1 ¾  cups
Add to boiling water.  Simmer, uncovered 5-7 minutes.  Cover, let stand off heat for 3 minutes.
Oats, steel cut
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 ½ cups liquid to yield 3 cups
Add to boiling water.  Simmer, covered 20-25 minutes.
Quinoa
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups liquid to yield 2 ¾  cups
Rinse well.  Add to boiling water.  Simmer covered 12-15 minutes
Rice
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups liquid to yield 3 ½   cups
Bring water to a boil, Add rice, reduce heat to low and cook, covered for 18 minutes.  Let stand off heat 5 minutes, Fluff with a fork.
Brown Rice
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 3 cups liquid to yield 3 cups
Bring water to a boil, Add rice, reduce heat to low and cook, covered for 30-40 minutes.  Let stand off heat 5 minutes, Fluff with a fork
Cracked Wheat
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 2 ¼ cups liquid to yield 3 ¾ cups
Add to cold water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer 30-50 minutes.  Let stand off heat, covered, 5 minutes.
Wheat Berries
Use 1 cup of grain and 1 teaspoon of salt 3 1/3 cups liquid to yield 3 cups
Add to boiling water, simmer 45-60 minutes.  Drain

Our Pictured Recipes: Tomato Barley Soup, Shrimp and Grits,  Fruity Rice Salad

3 comments:

  1. This is very handy ladies! I am going to print it off. As you said, when you buy in bulk, there isn't a handy direction label and I do tend to forget proportions! hugs xx Leslie

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