Wheat, what do I do with it?
What to do with wheat, well we all know we can make it into flour, but wheat is so much more.
It can be made into cereals, bulgur wheat and many other really neat things.
Just keep reading to find out more.
The first thing you can do with wheat is grind it into flour for cooking and baking.
The next is bulgur wheat which is a more Middle Eastern version, but very useful healthy way to eat wheat.
I bet you have wondered to yourself how do they make that, well I did too and here is what I found out.
I thought it was just cracked wheat, nope it is so much more than that and here why.
It is a super fast cooking product because it has already been cooked.
Here is how you make it.
How to make bulgur wheat at home and save tons of money
Bring to a boil one part rinsed whole wheat berries plus two parts water, simmer for about an hour or until the whole wheat berries are tender.
Next take them out of the pan and onto a baking sheet or cookie sheet and back at 225 degree oven for around another hour, stirring and moving them around a bit until dry.
Now is the best part, you get to smash them.
I use my marble rolling pin, but you could grind them in a food processor or a med grind in a flour grinder, if all else fails, stick the berries in a paper bag, grab a hammer and whack away, what a great stress reliever.
To use this you can add equal parts of boiling water to your now made bulgur wheat and cover let sit for 30 minutes and serve.
Now you have an almost no work side dish that whole bunches of neat stuff can be added to.
Add vegetable and meat and it is a meal…I love it with garlic, onions and lentils.
To use it as a hot cereal
1 cup Bulgur wheat
1 cup boiling water
1 t salt (earth or sea)
Combine bulgur wheat, salt and water,place a lid on the pan and cook on low for 15 minutes.
Take and let sit for covered for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Eat and enjoy.
Bulgur wheat burgers
1/2 cup homemade bulgur wheat
2 grated carrots
1 finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped mushrooms, any sort will do
1/2 cup firm homemade tofu, grated
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive, corn, grape seed or other non canola oil to cook in.
Soak bulgur wheat in one cup of hot water for 4 minutes, drain and set aside.
Combine and mix all the ingredients in a bowl
except the oil.
Divide the mixture into 8 parts and shape into patties
Cook patties in you trusty caste iron skillet with a little oil, until golden brown on both sides.
Serve and enjoy…
Sprouted Wheat Tortillas
hard white or red wheat
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (optional...it's more like a corn tortilla if you omit the baking powder)
1/4 tsp garlic (optional)
Oil spray to coat counter top and griddle
Place whole grains of wheat in warm water, covering the grains completely. Allow to soak 12-18 hours. Drain with a colander that has a fine mesh, that won't allow grain to escape. Rise with warm water. Cover with a damp towel. Place in a warm place, no hotter than 120 degrees, for a few hours. Rinse again. Cover with damp cloth again. Repeat this process every few hours for the next 18-24 hours. Baby sprouts will begin to show. You want the roots no longer than the grain of wheat. This will take about 2 days, depending on how fresh your wheat is.
Chill wheat in the fridge, covered, about 1 hour.
In a large bowl, combine wheat with baking powder and salt, stir well.
Sprinkle with a few drops of water, about 1 Tablespoon.
Run all this through your food processor, 2 minutes on medium speed to make nice dough.
Divide the dough into 6-8 balls. You may need to knead the dough slightly to get them to become balls.
Lightly oil your counter top; a little goes a long way.
Now roll out the tortilla in a circle, about 6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick or lightly oil a tortilla press and press away.
All the grains held together by the natural occurring protein in the wheat.
Heat a cast iron and spread a little oil in the pan. I use just a tiny bit of cooking spray…
Cook on one side 3 minutes on medium heat.
Turn tortilla over, and cook the second side about 3 minutes more.
Use the same way you would the store bought ones and make sure you keep them cover to keep them from drying out.
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