How to Use Wheat Without a Grinder
It is a staple in most peoples’ food storage, but how would we eat all that wheat it if we suddenly had to rely on our stores? Below are a few ways to use it without having to break out your grinder.
Hot cereal. I remember my grandfather telling about how he and his fellow construction workers had to get through long mornings on just an early breakfast, how they kept ending up hungry until they started eating whole wheat cereal. It definitely is hearty! Put 1 cup wheat, 3 cups water and ¼-½ teaspoon salt in a slow cooker and cook on low for 8-12 hours. Serve with honey and milk to taste.
Pancakes. Combine 1 ½ cups water, 1 cup wheat and ½ cup powdered milk in your blender and blend on high for 3 minutes. Add 1 egg, 2 Tablespoons oil, 1Tablespoon honey and ¼ teaspoon salt and blend 1 more minute. Add 1 Tablespoon baking powder and pulse 3 times. Cook on a hot griddle. Makes 12.
Pilaf. Combine 1 cup wheat, 1 Tablespoon dried onion, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon cumin, 2 teaspoons honey, ½ teaspoon salt and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 1 hour until wheat is softened. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley. Serves 4.
Popped. Soak 1 cup wheat in cold water for 24 hours—make sure that it remains covered by water. Drain, rinse and blot dry. Heat about 3” of oil in a saucepan to 450F. Pour 2/3 cup wheat into a wire mesh strainer and lower into oil. Cook for 30 seconds after bubbling stops. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels and season to taste. Repeat with remaining wheat.
Sprouts. Rinse ½ cup wheat and place in a wide-mouth quart jar. Add 2 cups tepid water and cover jar with a clean cloth. Tie or rubber-band to secure. Soak 12 hours. Drain thoroughly and place re-covered jar in a dark location. Rinse wheat every 12 hours. Wheat will germinate after 1 ½-2 days and sprout around day 4. Wheat sprouts can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
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