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Grains - Cooking Basics

Updated: Nov 11, 2019


  • Rinse & sort all grains before cooking.

  • Measure grains and add 2-3 cups of water for every 1 cup of grain.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice for each cup of grain.

  • Soak the grains for 8-24 hours.*

  • Strain and rinse the grains well.

  • Return the grains to the pot and add the water ratio listed above.

  • Bring grains and water (or stock) to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover tightly and cook for 20-30 minutes. **

  • Avoid stirring grains while cooking - it can make them sticky and gluey.

  • If liquid remains after the grains are tender, drain it off.

  • If the grain is too hard or dry, add more and increase cooking time.

  • For fluffy grains, lift gently and separate with a fork. For a firmer texture, let stand a few minutes after removing from heat, covered.


* For quinoa, do not soak the grain prior to cooking. Simply rinse the grain until the water is clear.

** Remember, cooking times will vary depending on heat, type of pan, the age of grain, and other factors.


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