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Grains Cooking Time Chart

Whole grains are the foundation of any vegetarian or vegan diet in that they provide a huge amount of nutrition including Vitamin A, E, B6, Lysine, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron and Fiber. While they might not seem like the most exciting thing to cook, you will find that there are actually a lot more options out there than the typical choices such as brown rice. Once you really delve into a plant-based diet, you will find them to be a perfect addition to almost any meal. To get you started, check out the basics of making grains, and the grains cooking time chart.

Why Buy Organic Grains

The two things to keep in mind when preparing grains is the quality and the need to soak them. Many grains are highly sprayed with pesticides and even fumigated with mercury. Therefore, I always suggest purchasing organic grains especially when purchasing wheat. The best way to do this is to go to the bulk bin sections of the market. You usually have many more options here and you can purchase them at a much better price.

Why Soak the Grains

The second thing to keep in mind is that it is always best to soak your grains if they are not already sprouted (you can buy pre-sprouted grains by companies such as True Roots). Soaking grains will reduce phytic acid while activating enzymes in the grain. What this means is that you will not only increase the nutrients in the grain but also increase your ability to absorb them. Furthermore, soaking grains will reduce the cooking time while increasing the texture and taste.

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How to Soak Grains:

Simply take the desired grain, place in a pot or bowl, cover with water and an acid. You can choose from lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar, or Kombucha. Then cover and let it soak for at least 7 to 8 hours. It’s easiest just to let it sit overnight if you remember. When the grain is done soaking, rinse in a colander and begin the cooking process. Tip: Add 1 tbs of acid per cup of water

Cooking Grains:

Place soaked and rinsed grain in a pot and add water. Bring water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and let it simmer. Once tender, turn off heat and let it cool for five minutes.

Add to any dish including beans and vegetables.

*Referenced from Vegetarians in Paradise

 

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