What are wheat berries? What do I use them for? What do they taste like? How do I cook them? I’ll answer these questions for your curious mind, don’t worry!
What are wheat berries? A wheat berry is an entire wheat kernel (except for the hull).
What do I use them for? They can be cooked and used in salads, side dishes or soups or they can be milled into whole grain flour. I have a lot of wheat in my home because I grind my wheat with a Nutrimill to make breads, muffins, pancakes and waffles. I can find wheat at the grocery store in the bulk section or at my Costco they sell it in big buckets. I like soft wheat over hard wheat but either will work!
What do they taste like? Wheat berries have a sweet, nutty flavor. They are tender and chewy. Their flavor works well in savory dishes as well as sweet breakfast dishes. They hold their shape and texture even after cooking for long hours in the slow cooker. These make them great in soups and chilis.
How do I cook them? Well, you can cook them on the stove but I, of course, prefer to make them in the slow cooker! This is how I make them:
Recipes that use cooked wheat berries: