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Master Recipe: Wheat Berries

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“From Eating Well”
1hr 5mins
4 1/2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups hard red winter wheat berries
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hours, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse.
  3. To serve hot, use immediately.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  5. To store for future use, drain and spread the grains out on a baking sheet to speed cooling. You can then scoop 1- or 2-cup servings of the cooked wheat berries into seal able plastic bags and freeze them. They can be heated and served as a side dish, or you can even add frozen cooked wheat berries (without defrosting them) to soups and stews.

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