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Slow Cooker Cracked Wheat Recipe

When it’s super cold outside and dark when I wake up, I know it’s time to bring out the Cracked Wheat Recipe.
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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.

Ingredients

white wheat berries (uncooked wheat grain)

water

pinch of salt

Toppings

milk

brown sugar

honey

raisins

yogurt

fruit

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Recipe

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.

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Alternate Uses

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.

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