So, Everyday Food Storage has a little video about cracking your own wheat in your blender. She also has a recipe for a jello salad (yuck!) with cracked wheat, but I really wanted to try just eating it for breakfast plain as I would eat cereal- with fruit and/or yogurt etc. Here's a picture of what my wheat looked like after I cracked it. Who knows if that's what it should look like... I felt like if I did this long enough, I might even get some flour out of the deal, because there was definitely a lot of powder clouding my view inside and floating out the top when I peaked in. I decided to strain that away before cooking.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm terribly impatient and I loath tedious activities (which is why I hate making cut out cookies...) so I'm pretty sure the cracked wheat in the blender thing is not going to be a regular occurrence around here. If I could set my blender to pulse it automatically for a set time, while I did other stuff, I definitely would. OR if I could get my kids to do it. But it took way too long for me. I'm not sure how long it took, but it felt like forever. I would probably pulse for a minute at a time and then look at it and wonder if anything had even happened yet, and then keep going. Repeat 7ish times? Perhaps I had too much in my blender? I used about 1/3 of a cup.
Which is another thing- if I'm going to do something tedious, it would have to be for big results, and 1/3 cup is not big enough for me.
Despite this, I cracked a full cup of wheat (in 3 batches) and cooked them in two different ways.
|what my cracked wheat looks like. not very uniform...|
I put 1/3 cup in a 4 c pyrex measuring cup with 2/3 c water and microwaved for
6 minutes. Still liquid.
2 more minutes. Very slight liquid and still very very chewy.
2 more minutes. No liquid and it was all getting hard and stuck together. Yikes! I added another 1/3 c and put it back in for
2 minutes. still liquid. still chewy
1 more minute. The liquid looked adequately gone and though chewy, it wasn't bad.
I gave some to Peach and she said it was yummy. (but she's quite forgiving to my cooking.)
I added about 1 T of honey and stirred it up and gave some to Jay (with a scrunched look on his face) who decided he could eat that for breakfast and The Frog said it was gross before I even got it past his lips.
The verdict? 5 minutes of pulsing in a blender + 13 minutes in the microwave is on the verge of not fast enough for this mamma. I could easily have pancakes ready in that time, so it probably won't happen around these parts much.
Way #2: rice cooker method
I put 2/3 c cracked wheat in the rice cooker with 1 1/3 c water. I didn't watch it closely, but they were done when I checked on it about 30 minutes later.
|cracked wheat from the rice cooker looked fluffier than the microwaved counter-part|
The verdict? I think I'm more likely to do it in the rice cooker, where I feel more comfortable leaving it unattended. I could get it started and then go take a shower. However, I would consider another method of cracking them, or even buying them cracked. I do like the texture and it makes a nice alternative to oatmeal, but the blender cracking is just too tedious for me.