29 March 2012

Grain Week: Using whole grains in your cooking and baking

We're nearing the end of Grain Week. After our overview of grains, taking a look at two low-cost grain mills, and discussing how to store and grow our grains, we finally get to the "good part": using our whole grains! By the time we're done today, you'll be planning on making more than just whole wheat bread.  ツ

At the Freeman household, we try to practice using whole wheat, and we've shared a few of those recipes here on Self-Reliant Info.

Since whole wheat bread is a staple, so you can put your wheat to good use in our Bannock bread or our no-knead, whole-wheat bread (or use the alternate baking method in part 2 of that post). Of course, wheat's not the only grain, so you might try our milk- and wheat-free bread, especially if you have an allergy to either of those ingredients. Since "man does not live by bread alone," we also shared a tasty recipe for Chili Con Wheat Berries, just so you can try out whole, cooked wheat in a recipe.

Of course, we rely on others' recipes, at least to start, then modify them to suit our needs, ingredients, and/or tastes. Some of our favorite books that we have that discuss using whole grains are:

However, the above list only scratches the surface. There are many books available on cooking and/or baking with whole grains and, more specifically, using whole wheat.

Aside from books, there are some great online resources that are free. If learning from a video is more your speed, try the Fusion Grain Cooking series by Chef Brad, available on BYUtv.org. At the time of this writing, he's got 28 free videos that discuss using whole grains in your cooking. Actually, it's 29 free videos if you count the Cooking with Grains and Legumes show that Chef Brad did on the Living Essentials show for BYUtv.

Cooking with Grains and Legumes

Finally, if all of the above's not enough for you, you can visit the Whole Grain Council's page on Cooking Whole Grains or their Recipes page. The latter page has links to 17 websites for various firms that are members of the Whole Grain Council. (That ought to keep you busy for a while!)

Whew! That's quite a list... but, did I miss your favorite? If so, please share it below!

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