When it’s super cold outside and dark when I wake up, I know it’s time to bring out the Cracked Wheat Recipe. A bowl of this hot cereal for breakfast leaves me cozy and satisfied until lunchtime. Feeding my kids cracked wheat is a nice change of pace from our oatmeal routine.
white wheat berries (uncooked wheat grain)
pinch of salt
Plan your meal using a 1/2 cup cooked wheat as your serving size. Similar to rice, 1 cup of uncooked wheat will yield 4, 1/2-cup servings. Typical water to wheat ratio is 3 to 1. For 4 servings, add 1 cup raw wheat to 3 cups of water in a slow cooker. Add a pinch of salt and cover. Cook on low for up 8-10 hours or overnight. Cereal will have puffed up and absorbed the majority of the water and cracked open to reveal puffy white insides of the wheat. If you prefer a firmer cereal, reduce the cooking time to 7-8 hours. I like my cereal soft but still “squeaky” to chew.
Wheat can be prepared for use in other dishes like Wheat Berry Salad or as a side dish for dinner instead of rice. Cover your wheat in water and soak for 6-8 hours or overnight. The water will be absorbed. Store in the fridge until ready to cook. To cook, add wheat to water in the 3 to 1 ratio in a stove-top pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 40-50 minutes until grain has become tender but not mushy.