Rinse before cooking. Bring water to a boil and then add the grain. Add a pinch of salt if desired. Boil for 5-10 minutes then cover and simmer for 20 – 40 minutes. Or, after adding grain, cover and bring water back to rolling boil. Then simmer until tender (same amount of time as prior method).
Grain to water ratio varies from 1:1.5 – 1:3
Short grain – chewy and a bit sweet
Medium grain – lighter and fluffier than short grain
Long grain – lightest and most delicate flavor
Basmati (white and brown) – nutty flavor, smells buttery when cooking
Sweet Brown – stick, short grain – ideal for sushi
According to one source, grains should make up 50-60% of your diet. They have lots of fiber both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers (especially oats corn and barley) can help reduce blood fat and cholesterol (which helps prevent heart disease). Insoluble fibers aid intestinal health and may reduce cancer risk, and can stabilize blood sugar levels. Grains are high in Vit.E, a potent anti-oxidant. Whole wheat and bran may lower the risk of colon cancer, and can help even when warning signs are apparent – 2 ounces of wheat bran cereal daily helped colon polyps shrink within 6 months.
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