Cooking Grains

Use this chart as a guide when cooking grains.


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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.

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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