The easy way to cook whole grains
Are you avoiding white grains to lose weight and be a healthier you? Cutting out white bread, white rice, and refined grains in favor of whole grains is the way to go! “But how?” you might ask. We will tell you!
Good news – whole grains are actually quite easy to prepare!
If you can boil water, you can prepare whole grains! All you have to do is cook them on the stove in boiling water. If you want to increase the flavor, you might try adding bouillon or chicken broth to the water.
5 ways to cook whole grains
If you are cooking on the stove top, any whole grain can be cooked in a pot just as you would cook white rice. If you’re cooking your grains this way, use a medium-size pot with a tight-fitting lid.
- Bring six cups of bouillon or broth to a boil in the pot, stir in 2.5 cups of grains and return to boiling.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer until the grains are tender and most of the water is absorbed, about 45-60 minutes. Keep in mind that cooking times will vary for different types of grains.
You can also use an electric steamer. This inexpensive counter top unit is the easiest, most convenient way to cook all types of whole grains. Your steamer will come with a detailed instruction booklet and will include many recipes for preparing vegetables and seafood as well. Simply follow the instructions for the different types of grains, using the measurements and cooking times shown in the chart.
A rice cooker may be used to cook many whole grains too. These cookers use a sensor to determine when the liquid has been absorbed by the grains. You will need to experiment a few times before you find the ideal amount of liquid to use to cook grains other than white rice.
You can also use the crockpot to cook your whole grains. You will need to cook them for 6-8 hours.
Finally, you can use the microwave. A plastic rice steamer designed for microwave use can be used to prepare whole grains, but you will need to follow the steamer’s instructions carefully. You will need to change the power setting and stir the grains in the middle of the cooking process.
There are many whole grains to choose from, experiment with brown rice, quinoa, barley, millet, spelt, and wheat berries. Your local health food store will have most of these in bulk for your convenience.