Wheat Berry Ready

by Heather

I finally remembered to make my wheat berries!!! I got these ages ago, and only think of them in the morning when I want to add them to my oats, but they take awhile to prepare so I always just say “forget it!”.  (Wheat berries (or one word- wheatberries) are the entire grain except the hull– talk about whole grains!)

I saw them in the pantry last night and threw them on the counter so I’d see them and remember to get them going before I went to bed.

I made all the wheat berries I had so the whole bunch would be ready and waiting whenever I wanted them. They’re easy to make, just take a bit-o-time.

1. Cover in water- about 3 1/2 cups water for every cup wheat berries. Let soak over night.

2. In the morning, bring to boil, then simmer 50-60 minutes. Add water if needed.

3. Cool & store. Or eat instantly :)

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The wheat berries add such a wonderful depth to oatmeal. They contribute the perfect amount of chewiness without making the bowl of oats overly filling. I’m in love! :)

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I had pumpkin chai oats again this morning, but this time with wheat berries of course. And added pecans on top.

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Still with peanut butter of course!

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So was that enough pictures of wheat berries for you? ;)

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Daniel February 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

I have the same problem, I always want to cook the wheatberries but I forget about them or feel like I don’t have time!

If I have time this weekend from homework I plan to make up a bunch of staples (beans, grains, etc.) and freeze them for the dorm, so wheatberries are definitely on my list.

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 26, 2010 at 8:53 am

I’ve never had wheatberries, but I know they’re outstanding nutritionally. You mention the texture, but that do they taste like? Regular grains or slightly different?

Have a great weeekend!

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musingsofthegranolagirl February 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

Those wheatberries look great! I’ve been meaning to try them out!

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theprocessofhealing February 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

I’ve never had wheatberries before!! They sound good though.

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Kelly February 26, 2010 at 9:41 am

YUM! Those look so good!

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

I’ve heard so much about wheatberries that I might have to finally give them a go!

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todayslady February 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Whenever I see wheatberries on blog post I really want to try them. The problem is that I always forget to buy them at the grocery store! Ok, that’s it. I’m writing them on my grocery list now!

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Lacey February 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

i have never tried wheat berries but i’m much more likely to now tha tyou have spelled out how to make them! thank you for the tutorial :)

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Lindsayruns February 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I managed to get my act together for my steel cut oats last night, but forgot that I could do the same with wheatberries at the same time. Next time! I love their texture, they just pop in your mouth I think!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) February 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Yum. I love wheat berries. I think it’s the texture.

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Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Those look fantastic – I think there were some in my frozen Amy’s steel-cut oats the other morning!! Where are they in the supermarket?

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trialsoftraining March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

simmer for 50-60 minutes?! Id’ never have the patience for that in the morning either! Thanks for the pics/steps though, I’ve never made these but def want to try them. I love adding a little punch to morning oats :)

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Kelly March 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Okay I am back with a wheatberry question….if the nutrition label is for 1/4 cup dry how much does 1/4 cup dry yield cooked??

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Heather March 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

It a little more than doubles- 1 cup dry is usually about 2 1/2 cups cooked, so 1/4 cup dry would be about 5/8 of a cup cooked. :)

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