16 April 2012

The many uses of wheat berries

Thanks to Chef Jeff, I am posting some of
the things I have learned about wheat!!
Have fun !!
Wheat Berries

1 cup wheat berries
3 cups water

Place glass bowl in crock pot, surround glass bowl with water. Place 1 cup wheat berries with 3 cups water in glass bowl. place lid on crock pot and cook on low all night. 8-10 hours. Or on high for 3-4 hours.

At this point you can now make the following recipes or Add a little sweetener of your choice and eat it as a morning hot cereal or in place of rice at dinner. Place in an ice cube tray and freeze, then store in a freezer bag and add to ANY recipe as a meat substitute or just adding it to all your recipes to get your family's digestive systems used to having whole wheat. You can also cook the wheat berries on the stove similar to rice.

Cracked wheat bread

3 cups cooked, tender wheat berries
2 cups milk
2 T yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 t sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup oil
1 T salt
White flour ( it takes 7 or so cups)

Take the wheat berries and blend them in a blender with the milk until they are really mushy.Soften the yeast in the warm water and the sugar and let sit until foamy--about 10 minutes.Pour the wheat mix into a bowl, add the yeast mix, the honey, the salt, the oil and a couple cups of flour and mix well with a beater. With a wooden spoon, add flour until you can begin kneading it. Turn in onto a counter and knead, adding flour as needed to not be too sticky to work. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes until satiny. Place in a greased bowl and flip to grease top, cover and let rise till double--an hour or so. Punch down, let rest for 20 minutes. Knead again for a minute or so and divide into 4 loaves and place in greased pans and let rise again. Bake 350 for 30-45 minutes. OR until brown and sounds hollow when you thump it. Remove from pans and rub the top with butter (nice flavor and softens the crust}

Wheat Salad

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado chopped into chunks
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1 red onion diced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 red pepper,chopped
1/2 head cilantro diced
juice of 2 limes
1/2 t cumin
1 T olive oil
3-4 cups cooked wheat berries (You can also use Quinoa)

Mix all the veggies, blend in the wheat. Mix the lime juice, cumin and olive oil and pour over the salad. Blend lightly and salt to taste. Refrigerate it a couple of hours before serving to allow flavors to blend.

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