Cooking Grains

Use this chart as a guide when cooking grains, and put the grains to work in our yummy whole grain recipes. With these pointers, it's easy to add the beneficial nutrients and fiber of whole grains to your diet.

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Incorporate more whole grains in your diet with these cooking tips and whole grain recipes.

Measure the amount of water, and pour it into a medium saucepan. 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, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain if necessary. 3 cups
Barley, regular pearl 3-1/4 cups 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, 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 1 cup plus 2-3/4 cups Combine cornmeal and 1 cup cold water. Add to 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, 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, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. 3 cups
Oats, rolled, quick-cooking 1-1/2 cups 3 cups Simmer, uncovered, 1 minute. Let stand, covered, 3 minutes. 3 cups
Oats, rolled, regular 1-2/3 cups 3 cups Simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes. Let stand, covered, 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, 5 minutes. 3 cups
Rice, regular brown 1 cup 2 cups Simmer, covered, about 45 minutes. Let stand, covered, 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 6 to 24 hours. Do not drain. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes.) 2 cups
Wheat Berries 3/4 cup 2-1/2 cups Simmer, covered, 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, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. 1-3/4 cups

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