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Measure the amount of water into a medium saucepan and bring to a full boil unless the chart indicates otherwise. If desired, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the water. Slowly add the grain and return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for the time specified or until most of the water is absorbed and the grain is tender.

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Grain Amount of Grain Amount of Water Cooking Directions Yield
Barley, quick cooking pearl 1-1/4 cups 2 cups Simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, if necessary. 3 cups
Barley, regular pearl 3-1/4 cup 3 cups Simmer, covered, about 45 minutes. Drain, if necessary. 3 cups
Buckwheat 2/3 cup 1-1/2 cups Add to cold water. Bring to boiling. Simmer, covered, for 6 to 8 minutes. 2-1/4 cups
Bulgur 1 cup 2 cups Add to cold water. Bring to boiling. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes. 3 cups
Cornmeal 1 cup 2-3/4 cups Combine cornmeal and 1 cup cold water. Add to the 2-3/4 cups boiling water. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3-1/2 cups
Farina, quick-cooking 3/4 cup 3-1/2 cups Simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. 3-1/2 cups
Hominy grits, quick-cooking 3/4 cup 3 cups Simmer, covered, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3 cups
Millet 3/4 cup 2 cups Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 3 cups
Oats, rolled, quick-cooking 1-1/2 cups 3 cups Simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. 3 cups
Oats, rolled, regular 1-2/3 cups 3 cups Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. 3 cups
Quinoa 3/4 cup 1-1/2 cups Rinse well. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes. Drain, if necessary. 1-3/4 cups
Rice, long grain white 1 cup 2 cups Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 3 cups
Rice, regular brown 1 cup 2 cups Simmer, covered, about 45 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 3 cups
Rice, wild 1 cup 2 cups Simmer, covered, about 40 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Drain, if necessary. 3 cups
Rye berries 3/4 cup 2-1/2 cups Simmer, covered, about 1 hour; drain. (Or, soak berries in 2-1/2 cups water in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours. Do not drain. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.) 2 cups
Wheat Berries 3/4 cup 2-1/2 cups Simmer, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes; drain. (Or, soak and cook as for rye berries.) 2 cups
Wheat, cracked 2/3 cup 1-1/2 cups Add to cold water. Bring to boiling. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. 1-3/4 cups

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